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A closer look at Accessibility Services

The Accessibility Services team helps students with disabilities reach their full potential at U of T. But what does “living with a disability” really mean? We’ve broken it down to take a closer look at the unique needs of students registered with AS.

Students registered with Accessibility Services may be living with:

  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Concussion & head injuries
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Mobility or functional disabilities
  • Sensory disabilities
  • Temporary disabilities & injuries

Did you know that nearly 90 per cent of students registered with Accessibility Services have non-visible or non-evident disabilities?

In 2018/2019, the total number of undergraduate students registered with Accessibility Services was 4,508. Their reasons for registering were:

  • Mental health 50%
  • ADHD 12%
  • Health 10%
  • Learning disabilities 10%
  • Mobility 6%
  • Sensory 3%
  • Temporary 3%
  • Autism 3%
  • Acquired Brain Injury 3%

That same year, 1,272 graduate students were registered with Accessibility Services.

  • Research stream doctoral and masters programs 36%
  • Professional masters programs 48%
  • Second-entry professional programs 16%

The team at Accessibility Services helps to develop reasonable accommodations that meet the needs of registered students, while still upholding the academic integrity of the University of Toronto. It’s also a key component in developing an equitable, inclusive and accessible student experience.

To learn more, visit accessibility.utoronto.ca.