Student Accessibility Services
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities and York University Senate policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities, we provide individualized academic accommodation planning to students with temporary and permanent disabilities.
This could be:
- a Learning Disability/Disorder;
- a chronic health or mental health condition;
- a physical disability or impairment;
- an Acquired Brain Injury, post-concussive syndrome;
- a sensory disability or impairment such as blindness or deafness;
- a neurodiversity, ADD, ADHD or autism.
We use the term “disability” when we talk about registration with our office to be consistent with the language in the OHRC and York Senate policies. We offer expertise in disability related supports and what academic accommodations are appropriate, necessary and reasonable.
How can we help?
To explore your eligibility for academic accommodations at York and/or the Bursary for Students with Disabilities, you must register with us as soon as you accept your admissions offer and set up your Passport York account.
Visit the New to our Office page to learn how to register with us.
You can register with us throughout an academic term, however, access to academic accommodations (such as accommodated tests and exams) might be limited and/or unavailable.
You will then need to request your letter of accommodation (the document that lists the accommodations you require in a course).
To receive exam or test accommodations, find out the deadline by which you must make your request.
What are Academic Accommodations?
Academic accommodations are put in place by our office to provide equitable access to education for students with disabilities. Academic accommodations address disability related barriers that prohibit accessing materials in a course and the demonstration of knowledge and skills.
Academic accommodations help to mitigate specific learning barriers that may occur in:
- lectures, labs, tutorials and placements
- quizzes, tests, exams and other assessments
- assignments and other course work
To receive exam or test accommodations, you must submit the request form three weeks before your exam or test date.
The Assistive Technology (AT Lab) is a quiet workspace with internet and printing. You have access to word processing and various kinds of assistive technology, on which AT Lab specialists can train and support you.
Your accommodation plan may include access to a wheelchair-accessible van and priority to help you get around campus.
Student Accessibility Services FAQ
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