Lifting the Barriers on Disability

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University of Toronto: Downtown Toronto (St. George)

The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice. (source)

 

Accessibility Services

Our confidential services are provided to all registered students at the University of Toronto. Your confidentiality is our priority and is protected through our Confidentiality and Privacy policy. (source)

 

Academic Resources

What's Available through Accessibility Services?

  • Accessible classrooms and ergonomic furniture
    • Adjustable chairs and tables are available for use in some classrooms.
    • This accommodation must be approved by your Disability Counsellor
  • Adaptive technology
    • what technology and software is available as an accommodation for your documented disability
    • assist you to implement and learn how to use the technology and software accommodations
    • recommendations for the Bursary for Students with Disabilities, for eligible students
  • Assessments for learning disabilities and adaptive technology
  • Class notes through our volunteer note taking program
    • If you have difficulty with concentration, writing, accessing verbal information, experience chronic pain, among other issues, you will likely be approved for Volunteer Note Taking Services.
    • You are still expected to attend class and take notes to the best of your ability.
    • Our office relies on fellow students in your classes to upload copies of their class notes to our secure website.
    • You are provided with access to this website to download the supplemental notes.
  • Tests and Exam Accommodations
    • Balancing academic accommodation and academic integrity, Test and Exam Services is the department responsible for coordinating quiz, term test, and final examination accommodations for students with documented disabilities at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus.
  • Financial assistance through bursaries to address disability related needs
  • Group learning and support: mental health; social communication disordered eating
  • Learning strategists can help you work more effectively
    • identify the impact of your disability upon your learning
    • develop strategies (reading, writing, time management) to help you achieve academic success
  • Peer mentoring and drop in; connect with senior students to help learn the ropes and have fun with other students
    • Accessibility Services' Peer Mentorship Program provides academic and social support to students registered with Accessibility Services
  • SASA: connect with students on the autism spectrum for fun and problem solving support
  • Problem solving to help you consider your options and take action to address difficult situations
  • Tutor list
  • Support in obtaining accommodations to address disability related barriers to learning

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Registration Packages:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Choose this package if you have a diagnosis of Autism, Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Disorders.)

Brain Injury (with mobility effect) (Choose this package if you have had a serious brain injury that has affected your mobility. e.g. weakness on one side of the body, trouble walking in addition to difficulties with thinking.)

Chronic Health (Choose this package if you have a chronic medical condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS.)

Concussion / Mild Head Injury (Choose this package if you have suffered a concussion or are experiencing changes in your thinking/mood after having experienced a blow to your head or jolt to your body that might have shaken your head.)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Choose this package if you are hard of hearing, deaf.)

Learning Disability and ADHD (Choose this package if you have been diagnosed with a learning disability such as a reading disorder, dyslexia, working memory disorder, non-verbal learning disorder or have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder.)

Low Vision / Legally Blind (Choose this package if you have very limited vision or are legally blind.)

Mental Health (Choose this package if you have difficulty with anxiety, depression, OCD or other mood or personality disorders.)

Mobility and Functional (Choose this package if you have difficulties with mobility, use mobility devices or have physical limitations in using part(s) of your body.)

Temporary Injuries (Choose this package if you have recently suffered an injury like a broken arm or leg that is making it difficult to attend your classes or complete your academic work.)

How do I Apply?

I know I have a disability:

Step 1:

Choose a Registration Package that best describes your disability or the difficulties that you are having with learning. If you have more than one disability fill out the packages that apply to you. Fill out as much of the form as you can. You can discuss your needs further when you meet with your Disability Counsellor. If you require help filling out a registration package or need an alternative format contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (416) 978-8060.

Step 2:

Attach any documentation you have that provides information about your disability and accommodation needs. Each Registration Package contains the documentation requirements for the disability you have identified. As documentation requirements vary by disability, it's important to review this information. The disability counsellor will review the documentation with you during the intake appointment and advise you about whether the documentation is sufficient, needs updating or whether additional information is needed.

If you do not have documentation or are unsure about documentation needs you can call/visit our front desk or make an appointment to consult with a disability counsellor.

Step 3:

Submit your Registration Package. You can submit the package by email, fax or mail or hand it into our front desk. The registration package must be submitted to Accessibility Services prior to the intake/consultation appointment being booked.

Step 4:

You can make the appointment request in person, by phone or email

For more information about other registration options, please click on this page.

Additional Information

Transition Programs run by Accessibility Services

Moving Forward

Summer Transition Program for Students with Disabilities
Be Prepared for First Year!

Accessibility Services invites students with disabilities to participate in a workshop on transitioning to University from High School, College and the workplace.

More Information on Moving Forward including registration information

TRANSITION DAY

Transition Day is a day-long event on the transition to university for students with disabilities. You will hear from the Director of Accessibility Services, disability counsellors, our adaptive technologist, a registrar, faculty, and a panel of current students registered with our services.

You will learn about accommodations, how they are implemented, assessment, student support services available, and common transition challenges students face.

This event is intended for teachers, guidance counsellors, prospective students and their parents, and anyone who works with students with disabilities who will be making a transition to university.

More Information on Transition Day including registration information