Programs and Services for Students with a Disability
St. George Campus
Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H1
Voice: (416) 978-8060
TTY: (416) 978-1902
Fax: (416) 978-8246
The University’s statement of institutional purpose states: “The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity.” The University’s “Statement of Commitment Regarding Persons with Disabilities” is part of the UofT Ontarians with Disabilities Act Plan 2004-05.
Faculty and staff carry a responsibility for creating and maintaining a community that is inclusive of all persons and treats all members of the community in an equitable fashion, responding appropriately to requests for accommodation of a disability per the Ontario Human Rights Code “Guidelines on Accessible Education” (2004).
Responsibilities of Students who have Disabilities
Students who request accommodations for their academic programs and related activities at the University are obligated to disclose their disabilities to the respective campus Service for Students with Disabilities, and request accommodations in a timely manner to facilitate the implementation of support and services. It is important that students discuss their needs as early as possible with the Service in order to put accommodations in place. Students must present relevant and up-to-date documentation, as outlined on our website, from an appropriate health care professional. Any information about a student’s disability is confidential and is not shared outside the Service unless the student gives permission. Students are encouraged to meet and discuss their academic accommodation needs with their instructors.
Support Services for Students
There are offices on all three UofT campuses that work to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into all aspects of university life. The focus is on skills development, especially in areas of self-advocacy and academic skills. Services are provided to students who have a physical, sensory, or learning disability, mental health disability, acquired brain injury or chronic health condition (e.g. epilepsy, cancer, bowel disease) as well as students who have temporary disabilities such as a broken arm.
The Service provides a wide range of support, including: accommodation advice; assessments (e.g. learning disability, adaptive technology); adaptive equipment; learning strategy support; test and examination accommodations; note taking services; sign language interpreters; computer note-taking; scribes; attendant care; advice and information on disability issues; liaison with university faculty and staff and off-campus agencies; and campus transportation.
To access the Service, students make an appointment to meet with a Disability Advisor to discuss individual needs, appropriate accommodations, and strategies for academic success.
There is a Bursary for Students with a Disability (BSWD) for students who have applied and established eligibility for OSAP. The BSWD assists student with disability related educational costs while attending post-secondary institutions. University alternate bursaries are also available for eligible students.