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University of Ontario Institute of Technology

UOIT's innovative and unique undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations, along with the market-driven requirements of employers. When you graduate, you will have the critical thinking, innovative research and technological skills demanded by the world's leading employers. (source)

 

Student Accessibility Services

Welcome to Student Accessibility Services. Our staff works as a collaborative team to ensure students with disabilities have equal opportunities for academic success. (source)

 

Academic Resources

Fundamental to each student's academic and personal success is the responsibility of being able to both demonstrate self-reliance and identify the needs that require accommodation.

At the beginning of each school year you must meet with your disability advisor to create an accommodation plan. First-year students are encouraged to register as soon as they receive their letter of acceptance to UOIT. The accommodation plan details the services and supports that will be put in place or made available based on the documentation provided. Each plan is unique and tailored to your specific needs.

Possible inclusions in an accommodation plan:

  • Exam accommodations
  • Note takers (student volunteers)
  • Referral to a Student Accessibility Services assistive technologist
    • Some students may require special devices or software to access their course materials. An assistive technologist can assess your requirements, conduct training and provide technical support. Student Accessibility Services may have some equipment available for temporary loan while proper accommodations are put in place.
  • Referral to a Student Accessibility Services learning strategist
  • Referral to other community or university services
  • Alternative Format
    • Students who have a visual impairment or a particular learning disability may need to have their textbooks or other learning materials converted to an alternative format. This may include e-text, enlarged text or audio files. These are provided to you at no additional charge once you have purchased the original text.
  • Self-advocacy

Other learning supports

Learning support is offered in individual sessions in the following areas:

  • effective presentations
  • essay writing and note-taking skills
  • learning styles
  • multiple-choice and essay/exam skills
  • organizational strategies
  • self-advocacy
  • study skills and memory strategies

Contact your disability advisor to see if supports can be put in place for you.

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Please select the documentation form that is appropriate for your particular disability. Please download and print the form and have the appropriate licensed and registered medical professional complete the form. Once complete, please make an appointment with your disability counsellor or advisor to discuss your individualized accommodations and support. You can make an appointment by calling 905.721.3266 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please read the information and instructions on the documentation form carefully and ensure they are completed in full by the appropriate medical professional.

Documentation forms:

Documentation requirements:

How do I Apply?

Students must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in order to receive support and academic accommodation. Students can complete the intake form and submit it to SAS. Once the intake form has been completed (click on intake form on the left hand side) please contact SAS at 905.721.3266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAS requires current documentation from a registered health-care professional, such as a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist, for you to receive academic accommodations. If you require assistance from SAS on a temporary basis, you also must provide medical documentation that includes the anticipated recovery period. An example of a temporary disability is if you have broken your arm and therefore cannot write or use your laptop and you require assistance to continue your schooling.

Updated documentation may be required periodically. If you are seeking support because of learning disabilities, we require a current psychoeducational assessment completed by a qualified psychologist within the past five years. For mental health issues, we require documentation relevant to your current experience.

Current documentation must include all of the following:

  • A clear identification and diagnosis of the disability
  • An indication that the disability impedes or impairs academic functioning
  • Recommendations on appropriate academic accommodations

If your documentation is not current or you don't have documentation, you can download and print the appropriate documentation form, have your physician complete it, and bring it to your counsellor or advisor at SAS. Select Required documentation to view the list of forms.

If you suspect you have a disability but lack documentation, a SAS counsellor or advisor can guide you towards completing this important step. Call 905.721.3266 to book an appointment.

Your registration with SAS does not appear on any official university records. All documentation provided to the office is kept secure and confidential in a locked cabinet. Your personal information is not shared with anyone without your prior signed consent.

Additional Information

Student Accessibility Services invites incoming students with documented disabilities to attend the Summer Transition Program, which will take place in August 2015. Students who have previously attended these workshops feel better prepared and are more successful in those first few months of university.

In addition to providing an opportunity to meet other new students, this workshop will help you:

  • Understand the real differences between high school or college and university.
  • Learn about self-advocacy and how to use your strengths.
  • Get your campus ID and computer.
  • Learn to use the campus management programs you will use every day, such as MyCampus and Blackboard.
  • Learn to use software other university students find useful.
  • Learn tried-and-true strategies to make the most of your university experience.
  • Meet key staff who will offer academic and learning support.
  • Become familiar with the campus and the Oshawa area while making new friends.
  • Have some fun.

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