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Wilfrid Laurier University

Laurier students aren't content with simply earning a university degree. To them, education is a springboard to something greater: it's the key to shaping a life, building a community and making a difference. For more than a century, Laurier has been known for academic excellence. But we've also been dedicated to the philosophy that our students' success is measured through more than grades – it's based on the quality of the lives they lead, and those they inspire. (source)


Accessible Learning Centre

We are committed to assisting students with disabilities reach their full academic potential. We support and encourage students' independence and self-determination by offering a variety of services and resources delivered in a respectful, confidential and professional manner. (source)


Academic Resources

You must meet with your disability consultant to create an accommodation plan. The plan details the services and supports that will be put into place or be made available to you. The plan will clearly indicate which items/tasks are the consultant's responsibility and which are your responsibility. Each plan is unique and geared toward your documented needs.

Accommodation plans are active documents and can be reviewed and amended at any time, as appropriate, with your consultant.

Programs and Services

There are a number of programs and services run through the Accessible Learning Centre to support you academically.

  • Tutorials
    • We provide a variety of tutorial sessions with senior Laurier students who explain some of the ins and outs of university life, and who provide helpful tips about technology, the Accessible Learning Centre and other campus resources.
  • Alternate Formats
    • Alternate-format materials are used by students with visual impairments, or some learning disabilities or hearing impairments, and may take the form of electronic text (e-text), Braille or other formats such as captioned video. If you require alternate-format materials, you must meet with your consultant as soon as your course registration is confirmed.
  • Exam Accommodations
    • Exam accommodations are not designed to give you an extra edge over other students, but rather to help you achieve alongside your classmates. We follow the same policy established by Laurier's Office of the Registrar, and the same code of conduct for student behavior during the exam process applies whether you write at one of our locations or with your class
  • Assistive Technology
    • Once registered with the Accessible Learning Centre, you'll have access to our assistive technology labs. The labs provide a place for you to explore how equipment and software might assist learning, and to get tutorials and tips on software and devices.
  • Tutoring
    • Tutors provide one-on-one assistance in a specific subject area. We maintain a list of approved tutors whom we have interviewed, but you are welcome to search for your own tutor. It's important to connect with your tutor for the sessions to be productive. You should ask questions to confirm that the tutor is a suitable match.
  • Learning Strategies and Study Skills Development
    • We provide group workshops and individualized sessions focused on learning strategies and study skills development for all students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre
  • Note-Taking Program
    • Note-takers are student volunteers who provide copies of their class notes to students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre. Because note-takers are your classmates, they attend the same lectures and have access to the same class resources.

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

If you're seeking academic accommodation from the Accessible Learning Centre, you're required to provide a current psycho-educational assessment that confirms the disability. This report must demonstrate clear evidence that the accommodations requested are appropriate and relevant given the nature of the disability and the demands of the university environment for which they are being recommended.

To view the documentation chart and other documentation information, please visit this page.

How do I Apply?

Intake Process

  1. Identify yourself to the Accessible Learning Centre (ALC). For new students who have accepted an offer of admission to Laurier, complete and send in the Self-Identification Form to the ALC with current supporting documentation.
  2. Attend an intake appointment with the intake coordinator.

If you have provided documentation that needs to be updated (e.g. an assessment that is more than 3 years old, an IRPC from high school, etc.), we will discuss documentation requirements, possible financial support and the referral process.

Students who provide out-of-date documentation may be eligible for interim accommodations (90 days) during the re-assessment process.

Additional Information

Orientation for Incoming Students

If you are a student with an accommodation requirement (i.e. you have an IEP, received accommodations in high school, or have documentation that recommends accommodation support), Transition 101: Orientation to Accessible Learning offers you the opportunity to register with the Accessible Learning Centre and to become familiar with the support services available. You'll have the opportunity to meet with a consultant, begin the accommodation planning process, and become familiar with the programs and staff of the centre.

To learn more about this program, please visit this page.