What should I do if a student requests an accommodation for a disability?

The School is committed to providing support to our students with disabilities to ensure a positive learning experience in all of our courses and programs.

We work closely with the University of Toronto Accessibility Services to assess individual needs and coordinate the provision of necessary services. Services are provided to students with a documented disability, which can be physical, a learning disability, or a mental health disorder.

Accommodations may include (but are not limited to):

  • Alternative test and examination accommodation
  • Note-taking services
  • Accessible classrooms
  • Alternative formats for printed materials
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Adaptive equipment and assistive devices

To arrange these services we ask students to communicate directly with the School at 416-978-2400 or email learn@utoronto.ca . Although we cannot guarantee that we can provide all requested services or facilities, we make every effort to meet needs. You can also direct them to this article:

Student Accessibility

We urge students to disclose their disability to their instructor(s) at the first class. It is their choice. We remind them that an instructor may be an excellent resource in their accommodation plan because they can offer assistance within the classroom in several ways. For instance, they may be able to reserve special seating, provide assignment extensions, or help arrange for alternative assignment or testing formats.

If a student in your class should approach you regarding an accommodation that has not been arranged by the School, feel free to discuss options and then direct them to call or email the School at the number above to finalize arrangements.


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