Examples of Academic Accomodations


In accordance with the Accessibility for Students with Disabilities policy, accommodations will be provided to students with disabilities to support accessible education and enable students to meet institutional standards while maintaining the academic integrity of the course, program, assignment or activity.

Examples of accommodations are listed below.  Please note that these are not exhaustive lists.

Test accommodations:

  • specified extended time or alternate scheduled time
  • distraction-reduced environment
  • alternative desk arrangement or environment (e.g., increased lighting, ability to stand and stretch, alternatives to written tests (e.g., oral exam, term paper, etc.)
  • alternate formats (e.g., test in large print, double spaced, electronic text, Braille or audio recording)
  • test or exam administered in sections (to permit supervised breaks)
  • test clarification with the instructor
  • oral follow up with instructor after written test/exam
  • use of a computer
  • not penalizing for spelling/grammatical errors
  • use of dictionary and or calculator
  • use of assistive technology (e.g., screen-reading software) or individual scribes and reader
  • sign language interpretation
  • washroom breaks, food or drink
  • combinations of the above

Classroom accommodations:

  • assistive devices/technology, or auxiliary aids (e.g., assistive listening device)
  • sign language interpretation
  • audio recorded lectures (requires written agreement)
  • alternative desk arrangements
  • breaks during class time
  • relocate class, where practical (e.g., to improve acoustics or accessibility)
  • note-taking assistance
  • access to instructor’s lecture slides

The Office of General Counsel can assist where copyright issues arise in terms of a requested accommodation.