Accessibility Advisor Update Form

For most questions and concerns, you will have to meet with your Accessibility Advisor in person either through a drop-in hour or by booking an appointment. Find out how to stay in touch with your Accessibility Advisor here. But there may be times that you need to provide a brief informational update to your Accessibility Advisor – especially if you are experiencing a flare up of disability-related symptoms.

Find more information about the Accessibility Advisor Update Form

Adaptive technology and assessment

Our Adaptive Technologist will meet with you to:

  • Identify what technology and software are available as accommodations for the functional limitations you face as a result of your documented disability.
  • Assist you to implement and learn how to use the technology and software accommodations.
  • Make recommendations for the Bursary for Students with Disabilities, for eligible students.

Find contact information and drop in times for the Adaptive Technologist

Financial support

There is a variety of financial aid available for students with disabilities.

  1. Apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (or the equivalent program in your home province) to determine whether you are eligible for any of the following:
  2. Access to a Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities
  3. To apply for the Canada Study Grant for the Accommodations of Students with Disabilities (CSG)
  4. To apply for the Bursary for Students With Disabilities (BSWD).
  5. The ability to take a reduced course load (as low as 40% or 2 courses) and still receive financial support

To apply for the CSG or BSWD grant, you must meet with your Accessibility Advisor.

Graduate Students

If you need additional time to complete your graduate degree due to disability-related barriers, we can support you.

  • Create a modified work plan with your Accessibility Advisor and share it with your supervisor.
  • If you or your supervisor expresses concern about your graduate funding, talk to your Accessibility Advisor about options.

Find more information about services for graduate students

Letter of Accommodation

Students must be registered with Accessibility Services in order to get the Letter of Accommodation. Once you are registered, you can download the Letter of Accommodation.

Note-Taking Services

Request volunteer note-taking services: If you have trouble taking class notes due to difficulty concentrating, writing, accessing verbal information, chronic pain or other issues, you can request volunteer note-taking services.

Volunteer as a note-taker: If you would like to volunteer as a note-taker for students registered with Accessibility Srevices, learn what is involved and how to become a volunteer note-taker.

Policy on Appointments

Your scheduled appointment time is reserved just for you. Our advisors make every effort to be on time for scheduled appointments. In return, we ask that you help us by keeping your scheduled appointments and by notifying us in advance when your circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend. When you give us advanced notice we are able to accommodate other students. 

Student appointments are triaged for urgency and screened to determine what, if anything, can be suitably arranged prior to an intake appointment.

Students are required to provide 1 day’s business notice (24 hours) for appointment cancellations (returning students and new intake registrations) so that we can provide the space to another student. For appointments on Monday, we will require notice no later than 8:30 a.m. that morning. Notice should be provided by email at accessibility.services@utoronto.ca.

If students provide appropriate notice of cancellation, we will make every effort to arrange a new appointment as early as we are able. If no notice is provided, students will generally not be prioritized for a new appointment. During busy periods of the year, this could potentially result in a wait of several weeks. 

If a student is more than 15 minutes late, *the appointment will likely need to be rescheduled. This is to ensure that students who arrive on time do not wait longer than necessary to see their advisor. Students are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment.

Requesting an Extension

The impact of a disability may mean you need additional time to complete assignments. Your Letter of Accommodation will indicate this and provide your professors and instructors with information need to approve up to a one [1] week extension on assignments.

Transportation Log

If you are receiving funding for on-campus transportation, you are required to keep a Student Transportation Log.

  • Download a blank Student Transportation Log
  • Students must record EACH on-campus taxi trip on their Student Transportation Log(s)
  • Students are also required to collect taxi trip receipts from drivers for EACH trip
  • Attach receipts (or envelope containing receipts) to the Student Transportation Log(s)
  • Receipts and the Student Transportation Log(s) must match up
  • Logs, receipts and unused funds must be submitted to Accessibility Services no later than by the end of the term specified on the student’s Student Transportation Agreement Form

Test and Exam Services

If you have been approved to write your quizzes, tests or exams with accommodations, register with Test and Exam Services.

Our office works collaboratively with Test and Exam Services to provide you with a supportive space to successfully write your tests and exams with your approved accommodations

Test and Exam Services is located at 255 McCaul Street, room 340.

Tutoring

You may be eligible to receive tutoring as part of your academic accommodations.