When talking to students with disabilities, you can let them know that:
- Accessibility Services may be available to them and encourage them to visit our offices.
- College registrars are a good source of support and referral for students when help is needed with non-disability related matters including academic advising, financial matters and challenging personal circumstances.
- For international students, Canada accommodates people with disabilities if needed.
Be straightforward and kind in your observations of a student’s performance; what they do well, where they struggle and what might assist them.
Reinforce that students with disabilities can succeed when they have appropriate accommodations.
Avoid speaking to a student about their accommodations or disability in public. Instead, request that the student stay after class or scheduling a meeting to be held in a private office.
If you are concerned that your student may be struggling with a mental health challenge, U of T’s Identify, Assist and Refer (IAR) module will provide you with the basic skills and information needed to be able to support people experiencing many different types of challenges that impact their mental health.
You are responsible for maintaining confidentiality regarding the student’s registration with Accessibility Services.
If you have questions about any of the following, contact the student’s accessibility advisor at 416-978-8060.
- Supporting a student’s learning.
- A request a student has made.
- A student’s accommodations in relation to your course requirements.
Accessibility Services registration & documentation requirementsAccessibility Services supports students who experience difficulties affecting their learning in lectures, labs and/or tutorials through academic accommodations. Learn more about Accessibility Services registration & documentation requirements
Letter of AccommodationYour Letter of Accommodation informs your professor or course instructor(s) about your accommodation needs in the classroom so that they can better meet your 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