If you have a documented disability that requires specific considerations, you can complete an Accommodation Notice with the Disability Service Coordinator. An Accommodation Notice serves to notify the faculty of the changes that are necessary as determined by the Disability Service Coordinator.
An Accommodation Notice is discussed by you with your instructor(s) to arrange implementation. The Disability Service Coordinator is a resource for further information or clarification about the accommodations required.
You may disclose your disability to the University, the Disability Service Coordinator, and one or more instructors. It is not mandatory that a disability be disclosed and you have the right to disclose as much or as little as you wish. However, if you plan on using some form of accommodation in class or for exams, it is essential that the instructor is spoken with regarding the disability.
For most circumstances it is to your benefit to disclose to your instructor(s) as soon as possible. It is important that you know how to describe your disability to the instructor in a clear and concise manner that will help him/her understand what is necessary in order to mitigate for the impact of your disability.
If you are seeking accommodation, it is necessary to provide the Disability Service Coordinator with current documentation of your disability from a qualifying professional (e.g. doctor, psychologist). Accommodation provision is based on the documentation and information provided at an initial meeting. All information obtained by the Disability Service Coordinator is treated as confidential. A form can be obtained from the Disability Service Coordinator or download the form now (PDF-223K).
Documentation needs to be current to five years, include a diagnosis, statement of impace and state whether the disability is temporary or permanent. Further, the documentation needs to indicate that academic accommodations are necessary as a result of the disability. If you have a learning disability, an up-to-date psycho-educational assessment is required.
Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment
If specialized equipment or services are required, contact the Disability Service Coordinator. If the educational barrier caused by a disability cannot be met through existing resources and requires technology or support services, you will be referred to the Assistive Technology - BC.
Canada Study Grant for Students with a Permanent Disability (CSG-PD)
The Canada Study Grant for Students with a Permanent Disability makes available a grant of up to $8,000 a year to those eligible for offsetting exceptional education-related service and equipment expenses incurred as a result of a disability. More information is available on the StudentAid BC website.
Eligible Education Related Services under CSG-PD
- Attendant care
- Note taker
- Sign language interpretation
- Type Well Transcribing
- Expense of a learning disability assessment
Eligible Education Related Equipment under CSG-PD
- Technical aids (e.g. computer, hardware and software)