Students with a disability
The ATRC, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, sees disability as a mismatch between the needs of the individual and the service, education, tools or environment provided and accessibility as the adaptability of the system to the needs of each individual. Their research, development, education and service are all grounded in this principle.
If you have a disability, U of T has a number of services to support you in every aspect of your schooling, from financial aid to note-taking help to assistance getting around campus. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with U of T’s Accessibility Services, Students for Barrier-free Access (SFBA), the Hart House Accessibility Fund, intercampus transportation, financial assistance and library resources.
We want to make sure that you are able to participate in as much of university life as possible. That’s why Accessibility Services (UTM | UTSC | St. George) provides assistance to students with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, as well as chronic health conditions, brain injuries, mental health disorders and temporary disabilities, such as a broken limb.
The Accessibility Services offices can help you develop self-advocacy and academic skills, as well as provide:
- Learning disability and psychoeducational assessments
- Adaptive technologies, including assessments and assistive devices
- Alternative test and examination arrangements
- Volunteer note-taking services
- Sign language interpreters
- Information on disability-related issues
- Liaison with academic administrative offices within the university and with off-campus agencies
- On-campus transportation
- Financial assistance
- Alternative formats for printed materials
- Alternative arrangements for inaccessible classrooms
To access these services, contact the Accessibility Services office at either UTM, UTSC or St. George. On the St. George campus, you can get in touch with them by visiting their office on the first floor of Robarts Library, calling 416-978-8060 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be asked to fill out and submit registration forms. Depending on the nature of your disability, documentation may need to be provided before an in-take appointment is booked with a disability counsellor. For more information please view their website, http://www.accessibility.utoronto.ca/.
If you are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), you may be eligible for the Bursary for Students with a Disability, which is a combination of provincial and federal funding that you can use to buy goods and services for your educational needs as a disabled student. If you don’t qualify for OSAP, you might be eligible for a University of Toronto Bursary. For more information about Financial Assistance, contact Enrolment Services.
We do our best to make sure that everyone has access to the resources in our over 40 libraries. If you need special accommodations while conducting research, feel free to contact the Office of Library Services to Persons with Disabilities in Robarts Library for help.
U of T runs shuttle buses that take students between the St. George and University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campuses. Some intercampus shuttles can accommodate students in wheelchairs so we suggest that you book your ride in advance to make sure you connect with a properly equipped vehicle. You can do this by completing an AccessAbility registration form, which you can pick up from the Parking & Transportation Office in Alumni House, room 108. Wheelchair service is available:
- At UTM’s Kaneff Centre stop (but NOT at UTM’s North Building stop)
- At St. George’s Hart House shuttle stop