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Examples of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Accommodation for Students with Disabilities policy, accommodations will be provided to students with disabilities to enable students to meet institutional standards without compromising the Academic Integrity of the course, program, assignment or activity Sample Accommodations are listed below. As new examples and methods become available they will be added.

1. An adaptation to a component of a program, course, or assignment, where appropriate:

  • a substitution of a component of a programalternative forms of evaluation (e.g., using written instead of oral evaluation for a student with an auditory-processing learning disability)
  • use of assistive technology (e.g., a student with a severe speech impediment using screen-reading software to do an oral presentation)
  • extension of program completion
  • modification of a work placement (e.g., extending completion of the placement to accommodate necessary medical treatment)

2. A test or examination accommodation:

  • specified extended time
  • distraction-reduced environment
  • environment where the student may move around (e.g., stand and stretch)
  • alternatives to written tests (e.g., oral exam, term paper, etc.)
  • alternate formats (e.g., provision of a test in large print, double spaced, electronic text or audio recorded)
  • use of assistive technology (e.g., screen-reading software)
  • sign language interpretation
  • use of computer
  • reader and/or scribe
  • test or exam administered in sections (to permit supervised breaks)
  • alternative desk arrangement
  • alternative environment (e.g., increased lighting)
  • alternate scheduled time
  • spelling and/or grammar checkers
  • not penalizing for spelling/grammatical errors
  • use of dictionary
  • use of calculator
  • washroom breaks
  • test clarification with Instructor
  • oral follow up with Instructor after written test/exam
  • food or drink
  • combinations of the above

Since in most cases, the Instructor will be invigilating the rest of the students in his/her class, a separate and possibly specialized invigilator may be required for tests written under alternative conditions.

3. A classroom Accommodation:

  • assistive devices/technology, or auxiliary aids (e.g., FM assistive listening device)
  • sign language interpretation
  • permission to record lectures
  • alternative desk arrangements
  • breaks during class time (e.g., student exits room if pain becomes unmanageable)
  • move classes, where practical (e.g., for accessibility or to improve acoustics)
  • note-taking assistance
  • access to Instructor’s lecture slides.

4. Alternative format materials (e.g., electronic text, Braille, or audio recording):

Assistance, excluding financial assistance, is typically provided by the appropriate campus coordinating centre or by other on or off-campus service providers such as the campus library or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

5. Participation in a University-sponsored event or activity:

  • sign language interpretation at Convocation or other events
  • relocation of events, where feasible, to provide access

The Copyright Office or the Office of General Counsel can assist where copyright issues arise in terms of a requested accommodation. Requests for accommodation which involve recording should have reasonable and agreed requirements in place.

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