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Accessibility Services

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Academic Resources

Academic Coaching

Students, who receive academic coaching as an accommodation, use the coaching relationship to clarify and implement their strengths and goals for academic success.

Adaptive & Assistive Technology - Training and Support

Adaptive technology presents information in a way that makes it more accessible to the user. Examples of Adaptive technologies include Text-to-Speech software like Kurzweil 3000 or TextHelp Read&Write Gold, dictation software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, or screen magnification software like ZoomText.

Students with adaptive technology as an accommodation may also qualify for accessible format textbooks for use with screenreading software. The Alternate & Accessible Format website contains more information about services, adaptive technologies programs and devices available at Trent.

Supports Available at The Centre for Academic Testing (CAT)

The Centre for Academic Testing (CAT) coordinates the notetaking program and administers accommodated exams. Students must be registered with SAS in order to receive these services.

The Centre for Academic Testing
Location: Otonabee College Room 211
Website: www.trentu.ca/cat/
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Phone: (705) 748–1011 extension 6135
Fax: (705) 748–1131

Test / Exam Accommodations

Exam accommodations are based on an individual's disability-related needs as supported by their documentation, as well as the specific course requirements.

Learn more about booking deadlines, and how to sign-up online for tests and exams.

Notetaking Services

Students with student notetaking as an accommodation can access volunteer peer-provided notes online.

Learn more about how to receive and access available notes.

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Students must provide SAS with current documentation regarding their disability-related needs in order to determine an appropriate accommodation plan.

For all students, documentation must come from an accredited diagnosing health professional experienced in the field of the student's disability.
Qualified professionals include:

  • Physician
  • Neurologist
  • Audiologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Other medical practitioner who is authorized to provide a clinical diagnosis

Physical, Mental Health, Sensory or Chronic Health Disabilities

For Students with Physical, Mental Health, Sensory or Chronic Health Disabilities:  

Students must provide a medical certificate or report that contains the following:

  • Clearly-stated diagnosis;
  • Summary of the disability-related areas of need and functional limitations in an academic context; and
  • Recommendations to address academic challenges and areas of need.

Students may also download the SAS Disability Documentation Form for the appropriate health professional to complete.

NOTE: For students with temporary disabilities, SAS may require an annual update of documentation. 

Learning Disabilities

For Students with a Learning Disability:

SAS requires a copy of your latest psycho-educational assessment report, completed by a Registered Psychologist within the last 3 to 5 years. If a student was18 years of age or older at the time of the assessment, an older report may be provided to SAS.

The report must include all of the following:

  • A clear diagnostic statement that the student has a specific learning disability;
  • Interview obtaining relevant background information and education records;
  • Formal intelligence test;
  • Formal measure of academic achievement;
  • Formal measure of information processing skills;
  • Evidence of functional impairment in academic performance;
  • Evidence that identified challenges are not better explained by other conditions or diagnoses; and
  • Recommendations and a summary of the areas of need in an academic context.

NOTE: An IEP may be submitted as part of a student's documentation; however, this is not sufficient for providing ongoing accommodation at Trent University.

For students whose documentation does not meet these requirements, or their documentation is out of date, please see Process for Updating Documentation.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

For Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD):

SAS requires a medical report from a health professional qualified to provide a diagnosis of AD/HD within the last 3 to 5 years. If a students was 18 years of age or older at the time of the assessment, an older report may be provided.

  • Qualified professionals include:
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist with AD/HD training or Psychological Associate
  • Neuropsychologist
  • A relevantly trained medical doctor

The report must include recommendations and a summary of the areas of need, in an academic context.

NOTE: An IEP may be submitted as part of a student's documentation; however, this is not sufficient for providing ongoing accommodation at Trent University.

For students whose documentation does not meet these requirements, or their documentation is out of date, please see Process for Updating Documentation.

How Do I Apply?

Students who are new to SAS must register with our office by completing the Intake Process.

Intake Process

  1. Phone Student Accessibility Services at 705-748-1281, or visit the office in Blackburn Hall, Suite 132.
    1. Request to schedule an intake appointment.
    2. You will be asked the nature of your disability (e.g. hearing, visual, learning, medical, mental health or mobility). This question is asked to determine with which SAS advisor you will meet.
  2. Provide SAS with appropriate documentation.
    1. Read additional information about documentation requirements.
    2. Documentation can be mailed, faxed, emailed, or dropped off at the office prior to your appointment.
  3. Come to your appointment and meet with a SAS advisor.