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Accommodations for Current Students

If you are a student with a disability who has not yet applied to the university, visit the Special Considerations page on the Ontario Tech Admissions website for information about applying.

As a registered student with Student Accessibility Services, you can work directly with a counsellor or advisor, and you can access a number of different accommodations. You can use the Self-Service Portal to access accommodations, book appointments and tests, and renew your accommodations.

If you need help renewing your accommodations, download our instructions sheet (PDF).

Your Counsellor or Advisor

Learning strategies counsellors and accessibility advisors play a key role in the development and implementation of the accommodation plan and they work directly with you to determine the appropriate success strategies. Your counsellor or advisor will assist with academic supports related to your disability for:

  • Assignments
  • Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) applications
  • Exams
  • Faculty communications
  • Lectures, labs, and tutorials
  • Notetaking
  • Placements or practicums
  • Referrals to other campus resources and services

When do I need to see my counsellor or advisor?

It is important to meet with your counsellor or advisor before the beginning of each semester. If you are having difficulties, you are encouraged to contact your counsellor or advisor as soon as possible. In this way, you can begin working on solutions as a team and keep issues small and manageable. 

Making an Appointment

  • In person during office hours by visiting:
    • North Oshawa Location: Student Life Building, West Hub
    • Downtown Oshawa Location: Student Life Suite, 61 Charles Street, Room 225
  • Phone: 905.721.3266
  • Email:

Alternate Format Texts and Course Material

Alternate (accessible) format text is available to registered students. This may include electronic versions of print material, enlarged text or audio files. There is no additional charge to access alternate formats once you have purchased the original text.

If you require materials in an alternate format, please complete the Alternate Format Request form for each textbook you require. Please submit your request as soon as you have your book list, as it may take from a few days to a few weeks to receive the material from the publisher. Go to the Self-Service Portal to submit your request.

Assistive Technology

Some students may require special devices or software to access their course materials. An assistive technologist can assess your requirements, conduct training and provide technical support. Student Accessibility Services may have some equipment available for temporary loan while accommodation options are assessed.

Meet with your learning strategies counsellor or advisor as soon as you have confirmed your course registration so the proper technology is ready for you. You will be trained to use the assistive software included in your accommodation plan. Some commonly used software is:

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • JAWS (Screen Reader Software)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (Voice to Text)
  • Read&Write

You may also start immediately to use Read & Write for Google Chrome without having to meet with the assistive technologist. Download Read & Write for Google Chrome, and then go to YouTube for detailed information about the tools and features of Read & Write.

Test Centre

The Test Centre is a space where students with accommodations can write their tests, midterms and exams. Students must be registered with Student Accessibility Services and receive approval for testing accommodations before using one of the Test Centres. Returning students who plan to use the Test Centre are required to renew their accommodations with Student Accessibility Services prior to the start of each semester. Some students may qualify for the self-renewal process.


If you have any problems registering online for any reason, it is your responsibility to come to the Test Centre Office for further instructions before the sign-up deadline.

There are slight differences when booking the Test Centre for tests and midterms versus final exams. Please see below for more information. 

Tests and Midterms

Students must sign up at least seven (7) days before all tests and midterms. For step-by-step instructions on how to book your test or midterm, download the test and midterm booking instructions.


NOTE: If you know at the time of booking that you have a scheduling conflict, such as your accommodated test time and class time overlap, you must book based on the actual class test time. Next, send an email with details of your conflict to so that the accessibility services co-ordinator can follow up with your professor to make the appropriate adjustments.

Final Exams

Students must sign up at least three (3) weeks before the start of the examination period. For step-by-step instructions on how to book your exam, click the button below.


NOTE: You may register and submit exams individually or all at once. You cannot edit your selections after submission. Once you have successfully registered, you may check your scheduled exams by selecting My Schedule in the Self-Service Portal. If you have an accommodation-related conflict with the timing of your exam(s), email your learning strategies counsellor or accessibility advisor with an explanation of your conflict. If eligible, your counsellor/advisor will walk you through the deferral process. The accessibility services co-ordinator will notify you once alternate arrangements have been made.

Ergonomic Equipment

Ergonomic equipment for classroom and testing environment is available to registered students who have a physical impairment that relates to their verifies need for accommodation. This may include height adjustable tables, ergonomic chairs, slant boards, or stools. If you require ergonomic equipment, we will work with you to include this on your individualized accommodation plan. To ensure the correct equipment is positioned in the correct campus locations in a timely manner, please email

Computerized Notetaking

Computerized notetaking is available to registered students who experience any degree of hearing loss that relates to their verified need for accommodation. This may include verbatim transcription or summary style notes. If you require computerized notetaking, your student accessibility advisor will work with you to include this on your individualized accommodation plan. To ensure timely setup of this service, please email

American Sign Language Interpreter

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available to registered students who experience any degree of hearing loss that relates to their verified need for accommodation. If you require ASL interpreters, your accessibility advisor will work with you to include this on your individualized accommodation plan. To ensure timely setup of this service, please please email

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Accessibility Centre at 905.721.3266 or

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