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Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community. (source)


Academic Accommodations Support

Our friendly, knowledgeable team of accommodation support staff - facilitators, specialists, and administrators – will offer support with academic accommodation and related academic supports and the processes involved with these. Students eligible for Academic Accommodation Support have singular and multiple disabilities, such as learning disabilities, sensory impairments, acquired brain injuries, ADHD, and mental health, medical, and mobility issues. (source)


Academic Resources

Resources may include:

  • Personalized Academic Accommodation Plan and ongoing support from Accommodation Facilitators
  • Guidance on the use of assistive technologies
  • RU-Noted – the student note-taking program
  • Learning Strategist consultations
  • Support and approval for applying for the Bursary for Students with Disability Application
  • Access to Accessible Format Materials: students diagnosed with a print disability can request their books in an accessible format. Currently, students can choose to have their books as E-Text (PDF or Word), Books on Tape or CD. Braille, large print, or DAISY CD are available but may take up to 4 weeks to produce
  • Services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing: Discuss your accommodation needs with our Accessibility Specialist. Services include: Sign Language Interpreters, Computerized Note-Takers and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART).
  • Research Assistance: Book a one-on-one appointment with the Accessibility Services Librarian

Go to our online system to view your Letter of Accommodation or Book a Test/Exam.

Non-Academic Resources

Residence Accessibility Accommodation Request

Meeting our students' accommodation requirements is important to us. Pitman Hall and the International Living Learning Centre are accessible to students with differing abilities. Both of these residences have barrier free design features. We strongly recommend that you connect with the Housing & Residence Life office as early as possible to discuss your accessibility accommodation request.

Final room assignments are determined by the Housing & Residence Life Office according to the level of functional limitation and need, in conjunction with an appraisal of the residence options available to accommodate the need. Please note that submission of a Residence Accessibility Accommodation Request form does not guarantee a spot in residence. To receive consideration, a student's acommodation requirements must be such that it would be detrimental for him/her to live off campus, as determined by Ryerson University.

In order to evaluate how we can best meet your accommodation requirements, we require specific information. Please complete the following form and have a recognized professional who is familiar with your accommodation requirements confirm the information.

If you need any assistance completing the following form or have any questions please contact Housing & Residence Life (phone: 416-979-5284) (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Residence Accessibiility Accommodation Request Form PDF
(Forms are due by May 29th, 2015,
for consideration in the 1st Round of Offers)

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Students living with ADHD, Asperger's or a Learning Disability

We require a copy of your current psycho-educational assessment or a neuro-psychological assessment conducted by a Registered Psychologist or Psychiatrist trained to test for and diagnose the condition.

  • The assessment must contain information on the tests administered as well as the scores obtained. Mail, fax, or drop-off the assessment to our office before your appointment.
  • The assessment must be completed within the last 3 years, or at an adult age (>18).

Students living with a Medical or Mental Health Condition, or with Sensory Impairments

  • We require the Disability Documentation Form to be completed by your doctor, specialist, psychologist or psychiatrist who is aware of your disability and can assess its impact on your academics. Download or pick up a copy of this form at the Academic Accommodation Support front desk in POD-61-B, Podium Building, 350 Victoria Street.
  • All disability documentation provided to us must clearly state the functional limitations of the disability as related to the academic experience while at university, namely the direct correlation between the diagnosis and any accommodation(s) recommended.
  • All disability documentation must be sent directly to our office from the medical professional by mail or fax. A student who brings in the documentation to our office must deliver the documents in a sealed envelope with the medical professional's signature over the envelope seal. Your documentation will be treated as strictly confidential.

How do I Apply?

Register for academic accommodations as soon as possible, preferably prior to the start of the semester to ensure your Academic Accommodation Plan is active when classes start. Generally, new registration requests made after our final exam deadline will be scheduled for the following semester.

Contact the SLS Academic Accommodation Support front desk by phone 416.979.5290, in person (4th floor, Student Learning Centre) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to schedule a confidential registration appointment. An SLS Accommodation Facilitator will meet with you to review your disability documentation and discuss and implement appropriate academic accommodations.

For your Facilitator to understand the nature and impact of your disability, please send your documentation ahead of your appointment.

Additional Information

SHIFT and Portage

SHIFT (Students Heading Into Full Time) and Portage are free holistic transition programs for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD*, and/or mental health issues who are heading into any post-secondary institution in Ontario. Make friends and build your network while learning about Ryerson's accommodation supports!

To learn more about these programs, please click this page and click on the tab to the left that says SHIFT and Portage.