Academic accommodations are provided when students experience disability-related barriers in demonstrating their knowledge and skills. Accommodations are provided to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to meeting the academic standards of their program.
The University of Toronto has made a clear commitment to providing effective accommodation for students with disabilities. Please see the University’s Statement of Commitment Regarding Persons with Disabilities (PDF) for details.
Accommodations must not alter the essential requirements of a course. An appropriate accommodation enables a student to successfully meet the essential requirements of the program, with no alteration in standards or outcomes, although the manner in which the student demonstrates mastery, knowledge and skills may be altered (Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2004).
In some circumstances, the nature and degree of disability can mean that no accommodation would enable an individual to meet the essential academic requirements or behavioural expectations of a course or program. In these cases, the university is not required to accommodate and may refuse to provide accommodations. However, the university must make all efforts to survey all reasonable options.
Please see the statement addressed to Academic Administrators and Senior Administrators, who are members of the Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs Committee (PDAD&C).
Letter of AccommodationYour Letter of Accommodation is developed in collaboration with your accessibility advisor and is used to begin a discussion with course and program staff about your accommodation needs. Learn more about Letter of Accommodation
Accessibility advisor supportYou and your accessibility advisor will work together to develop your academic accommodations. Learn more about Accessibility advisor support