Academic assistance for students with a documented disability is primarily directed toward supporting students in ways that give them "a level playing field” while, at the same time, ensuring academic integrity.
Once a student and the Director of Accessible Learning have completed the process to determine that academic accommodations are required, the next step is to identify and agree upon the accommodations that will address/reduce/remove the specific challenges/barriers posed by the student’s disability.
The types of factors that are considered when determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations are:
- Documentation and recommendations from appropriate specialists.
- Historical information.
- Need as reported by student.
- Course or program requirements.
Each factor is carefully considered and evaluated in terms of TWU's equitable access policy for students with disabilities.
Types of Accommodations
Available accommodations fall under two broad categories—environmental and learning—and include, but are not limited to, the following types of provisions:
- Accessible tables and chairs.
- Classroom seating arrangement.
- Parking accessibility.
- Technology and equipment support.
- Writing exams in a quiet and distraction-reduced setting.
- Course materials in alternate forms.
- Reduced course load.
- Class notes.
- Use of technological support (i.e. computer, educational software applications, spell check, calculator).
- Exam accommodations (i.e. extra time, use of technological support, write exams in the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL).