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Academic Accommodation Support

For students living with disabilities looking for help with their academic accommodations.

As Ryerson University’s disability services office, we work confidentially and directly with incoming and returning students who live with both temporary and permanent disabilities that impact their academic functioning.

Students eligible for academic accommodation support have singular or multiple disabilities such as learning disabilities, sensory impairments, acquired brain injuries, ADHD, and mental health, medical, and mobility issues.

We work with students to create and implement individualized academic accommodation plans so students can more fully participate in their studies whether at the certificate, undergraduate or graduate level. We work with any student who requires academic accommodation regardless of program or course load.

AAS Student Handbook

This handbook is your roadmap to the accommodation process at Ryerson.

Please take the time to review it from start to finish. Then connect with us to have any of your questions answered or to book your intake appointment.

Download (PDF) AAS Student Handbook
Section 1: How to register with AAS

Section 1: How to register with AAS

Registering with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) is a key step in ensuring you get the necessary academic accommodation support you need to participate fully in your studies if you live with a documented, permanent or temporary disability such as:

  • A learning disability (LD)
  • A sensory impairment (such as vision, hearing)
  • An acquired brain injury
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • A chronic health issue (such as epilepsy, migraines)
  • A mobility issue
  • A mental health disability (such as anxiety, depression)

We also work with you if you suspect you have a disability or are in the process of obtaining documentation of your disability. We will ensure that you have appropriate interim accommodations and supports in place.

When to begin the registration process

Register for academic accommodation support as soon as possible, preferably prior to the start of the semester to ensure your accommodation plan is active when classes start. For incoming Ryerson students, it is recommended to register as soon as you accept an offer of admission. You will need your my.ryerson username and password to book your registration appointment and complete our intake form online. You can find more information about the steps for new Ryerson students here.

Generally, new registration requests made after our final exam deadline will be scheduled for the following semester.

Follow these steps to register with AAS.

Step 1: Obtain documentation and prepare to register

In order to complete our intake form and prepare for your registration appointment, you need to obtain documentation of your disability and make sure it is in a digital format in order for you to upload it in the appropriate place in the intake form. Documentation helps your academic accommodation facilitator understand the impact(s) of your disability on your academic functioning. Having this information ensures that your accommodation plan meets your individual learning needs.

You will also need to set aside approximately 45 minutes, and be prepared to provide information regarding any academic supports and strategies you used in the past to complete our intake form. The intake form asks for details about your goals, your academic history, how your disability/disabilities have impacted your studies and the supports and strategies that have worked for you in the past. It is best to be prepared to complete this online process so you can get through it without having to leave the session. This is important because our intake form does not save your information, you have to complete it after you get started. Thank you in advance for your patience.

If you do not have the required documentation to register with AAS, or if it is not in a digital format which you need to upload to our intake form, please contact us directly to inquire about registering:

In person: Student Learning Centre - 4th-floor
Student Learning Support Main Reception, 341 Yonge Street
By phone: 416.979.5290
By email: aasadmin@ryerson.ca

We work with students who are in the process of obtaining documentation or who suspect they may have a disability.

Documentation requirements

Documentation should clearly state the specific functional limitation(s) you experience in an academic setting. When we understand the correlation between your disability and its impact on how you learn, we are able to better collaborate with you to build the most appropriate and effective accommodation plan.

Our documentation requirements vary depending on the nature of your disability. There are two main types:

1. Students living with a Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or who are on the Autism Spectrum

We require a copy of your most current psycho-educational assessment for learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or a neuropsychological assessment for students with diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum, conducted by a registered psychologist trained to test for and diagnose the condition.

  • The assessment must contain information on the tests administered as well as the scores obtained.
  • The assessment must be completed at an adult age (>18), or within the last three years.
  • If you have an older assessment or Individual Education Plan (IEP), we will discuss options at your intake appointment for getting an updated assessment, including possible funding options, and explore the possibility of interim accommodations.

You may be eligible for funding for a new or updated psycho-educational assessment through one of the bursaries listed on page 8 or through your insurance. Check with your insurance company benefits plan to see if you (or your partner/spouse, or perhaps one of your parents/guardian) are covered.

Sliding scale psycho-educational assessments are offered through the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre’s Mobile Assessment Team. Your student accommodation facilitator will provide you with details if needed at your initial intake appointment.

2. Students living with a mental health, medical or sensory disability

We require a disability assessment form to be completed by an appropriate, registered health care professional who is qualified to diagnose the disability and can thoroughly assess its impact on your academics. The form can be downloaded from our website or a hard copy picked up at the Student Learning Support Reception on the fourth floor of the Student Learning Centre.

  • Documentation provided to us must clearly state the impact(s) of the disability on your academic functioning. This means there must be a direct correlation between the impact(s) and the accommodation(s) that are requested.
  • Documentation needs to be current (within the past year) so we have the most accurate information about the impact of your disability. This enables us to create the most effective accommodation plan with you.
  • If you live with a mental health disability, you are not required to disclose your specific diagnosis statement, but it can be included if you would like us to know this information.

Step 2: Complete our online intake form and book your
registration appointment

Once you have obtained disability-related documentation, converted it into a digital format, and taken some time to consider your past academic challenges, successes, and the strategies that worked for you, we ask you to complete our intake form and registration appointment booking online. You will upload your documentation within the online intake form: www.ryerson.ca/aasintake.

After completing the intake form, you will be prompted to choose a date and time for your registration appointment.

You will also need to attend an orientation session in advance of your registration appointment (see below for details). You will be considered registered with AAS after this you attend orientation and complete your registration appointment.

If you encounter any difficulties completing the intake form or booking your registration appointment online, please connect with us directly (416-979-5290 or aasadmin@ryerson.ca).

Confidentiality and consent

Your confidentiality is very important to us. Any documents provided to, and correspondence with AAS, is treated confidentially. All documents are securely stored in accordance with the University’s privacy and records policies. We do not share documents unless a student requests us to and provides written permission.

We only communicate with you and relevant Ryerson faculty and staff members for the purposes of facilitating your academic accommodation and related learning needs. We need your written permission before we communicate with others on your behalf, e.g. family members like parents and spouses.

Step 3: Attend an orientation session

Next, attend one of our orientation sessions. These sessions are an essential part of the registration process, providing orientation to our services and how to make the most of your accommodations. They are offered on various days and times, listed here (scroll down to Step 3). The slide deck for this session is found here. If you need these slides in a different format, please contact us.

Step 4: Attend your registration appointment

The date of your registration appointment has arrived. You are booked to meet with us for an hour. During your appointment, you will meet confidentially with your Student Accommodation Facilitator to discuss your individual accommodation plan. Prompt arrival is necessary so will have sufficient time to create an effective, individualised accommodation plan, as students who arrive late may be asked to reschedule.

What to expect

At your registration appointment, you can expect to:

  • learn important procedures for making use of your accommodations
  • understand how to use AAS Online Services
  • meet and get to know your facilitator
  • review our confidentiality and consent forms
  • discuss the impact(s) of your disability as it relates to your academics
  • develop an individualised accommodation plan
  • discuss other appropriate supports and services, including bursary and grant information (if relevant) and/or enhanced service providers
  • discuss ongoing support 

After this meeting, you are considered to be a student registered with AAS and your student accommodation facilitator will be your main contact with our office. 

Important note: Students diagnosed with a print disability (a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional print) can request their books in an accessible format. Inform your facilitator of any print disability-related needs as soon as possible, as this accessible format may take up to four weeks to arrange.

Understanding your accommodations

Academic accommodations support your ability to access and participate fully in the academic environment in a positive way that is responsive to your learning needs.

It is important to understand that your recommended accommodations are based on the documentation on file, established best practices, the professional experience of our team, and your individual needs. It is possible for a student to live with a disability and not require accommodation, because there are no specific disability-related barriers in their particular learning environment. For example, if a student in a wheelchair has access to classrooms and washrooms, and can listen and take notes in the classroom, they may not require an academic accommodation.

Academic accommodations do not exempt you from meeting your program standards or essential learning requirements of a course. 

Section 2: How to activate your accommodations

Section 2: How to activate your accommodations

Once registered with AAS, you need to activate your accommodations each semester. You do this by sending electronic accommodation letters to your professors or course instructors via our online system. After your letters are sent, we expect you to reach out to your professors or course instructors to discuss your individual accommodation plan and how it will work for each course. If you are not comfortable approaching them directly, contact your academic accommodation facilitator who can communicate with your professor or course instructor on your behalf. 

Step 1: Send accommodation letters

AAS has an online system that generates the sending of electronic letters to your professors or course instructors outlining your accommodations for each course. It is your responsibility to activate the sending of the letters by logging onto the AAS online services. Ideally, your letters are sent to your professors or course instructors as early as possible each semester, prior to a graded assignment, test or exam. You can access our online services from this web page: 

www.ryerson.ca/studentlearningsupport/academic-accommodation-support

Step-by-step instructions and a how-to video for sending the electronic letters are also available online.

The system allows you to decide which professors or course instructors to send your letters to, and which accommodations you wish to request in each course.

Important note: If you do not indicate a specific accommodation on a letter, that accommodation will not be available to you for that particular class.

If you receive a message preventing you from using the system, contact AAS immediately for help.

Step 2: Follow-up with your instructors

Some accommodations require discussion with your professors or course instructors to determine how they will be implemented and/or any limitations. This is because some details need to be arranged collaboratively by both you and your professor or course instructor, such as the duration of extensions on assignments.

Your academic accommodation facilitator will provide information on the steps you can take to navigate these kinds of conversations during your intake appointment or at your request.

Important note: Please follow up with your facilitator right away if you and your professor or course instructor cannot come to an agreement when discussing an accommodation. With your permission, we will work with your professor or course instructor to come to an appropriate resolution.

Step 3: Book necessary quizzes, tests and/or exams

Your accommodation plan may include accommodations for tests. Tests include quizzes, tests, midterms and final exams. 

There are some responsibilities when booking to write your tests with accommodations at the Test Centre. Students may opt to write with the main class, but it is important to note that they will not have accommodations for that particular evaluation. In order to ensure your accommodations are in place for writing at the Test Centre, you are required to:

  • Book via our online service.
  • Book at least ten (10) days in advance. If you miss this deadline, an exceptional booking request form has to be completed online. The Test Centre cannot guarantee your exceptional booking request due to space limitations and invigilator availability, however every effort to fulfill your request will be made.
  • Book your final exams by the deadline each semester.
  • Always book for the same date and time as the class unless your professor or course instructor has arranged a different time or date with you in advance; they will need to confirm this with the Test Centre. 

Once you have completed the online booking, you will receive advance notice via your Ryerson email account of the following:

  • test date
  • start time
  • exact location

Online tests

To use your accommodations for online tests, you still need to book through the AAS online services. In the booking, indicate that the test is online, and whether it will be written at the Test Centre or if you are permitted to write off-campus. Online tests need to be written in the Test Centre unless the main class is also writing off-campus.

The Test Centre does not have the ability to change the duration (i.e. add extra time) of online tests. Speak to your professor in advance of the test date to ensure your accommodations are factored into the online platform being used.

Day of your test

Please arrive at the scheduled location (confirmed in your email), approximately 15 minutes before the start time. For final exams, please arrive 30 minutes prior. Bring your Ryerson student card (your One Card) or a valid government issued photo ID as proof of your identity. This ID will be checked by the Test Centre. 

Contacting the Test Centre

If you have questions or encounter problems related to booking a test with academic accommodations, contact the Test Centre:

By phone: 416.979.5000, ext. 7932
By email: testcentre@ryerson.ca

Step 4: Stay in touch

Keep your facilitator updated on any changes to your health or learning needs, or if you encounter any problems with school or using your accommodations. Facilitators are here to provide ongoing support to students, including working with professors or course instructors and/or academic departments to ensure that you have access to your accommodations as needed. 

Placement or practicum accommodations

If you are in a program that has a placement or practicum component (e.g. nursing, child and youth care, social work, etc.), we will discuss your accommodations based on your disability-related needs in these contexts with you. Because implementation of placement and practicum accommodations often includes an external organization or agency (outside of Ryerson), it is essential to start the accommodation request process well in advance of when you apply for your placement. Contact your facilitator to arrange placement accommodations at least one semester before you apply for your placement assignment with your department. 

Section 3: Supplemental information

Section 3: Supplemental information

Financial assistance

OSAP

Applying for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is the first step in determining eligibility for disability-related grants, bursaries, or funding for an assessment. OSAP is used by AAS to determine if you have financial need that would make you eligible for the various government grants and bursaries.

Grant for students with permanent disabilities

Students who are receiving OSAP and live with a documented, permanent disability may be eligible for the provincial Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities.

To apply, check the permanent disability box on your OSAP application. You do not need to take a student loan to be eligible for funding. You can decline the loan portion of the program once your eligibility has been determined.

Important note: You will need to request a letter from AAS confirming that you live with a permanent disability. 

Bursaries (BSWD & CSG-PDSE)

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) help eligible students meet their disability-related educational costs.

Consult with your facilitator for more information regarding these bursaries during your registration appointment. 

Enhanced services

You may be eligible to work with one or more of our enhanced service support providers. This will be discussed during your initial registration appointment. Working with one of these staff members provides you with more opportunities to discuss various aspects of your accommodations and learning needs. These include:

Accessibility specialist

If you live with a sensory disability and use service providers, such as sign language interpreters or computerized note-takers, you will need to connect with our student accessibility specialist to ensure we make appropriate arrangements for these supports. 

Assistive technology

Our assistive technology specialist works with students to help them explore and learn to use technology-based supports for their academics. Your facilitator will connect you with an AAS assistive technology specialist, if applicable.

AAS also has eight computer workstations loaded with adaptive software reserved for students registered AAS.

Learning and transition

Our learning and transition facilitator works with students to help them identify their learning strengths, and develop effective learning and study skills. Your facilitator will connect you with their programming, if applicable. 

Student note-taking: RU Noted

For students who will benefit from another student’s notes, we offer the RU Noted student note-taking program as an enhanced service. Your facilitator will discuss your eligibility with you and how this support works at Ryerson, if applicable.

Library accessibility services

The Ryerson University Library offers a wide range of supports and services to students who live with disabilities.

Student Learning Support (SLS)

All students who are registered with AAS are welcome and encouraged to access the programs of Student Learning Support (SLS). SLS offers individual help, group sessions and workshops, English language practice, math tutoring, writing assistance and more. You do not need to disclose to AAS that you are using these supports.

Summer transition programs

SHIFT (Students Heading Into Full Time) and Portage are free transition programs for students living with disabilities who are heading into full-time studies at any postsecondary institution in Ontario. We offer participants a space to explore possibilities for personal empowerment, and a positive start to their academic studies.

For event dates and to register for SHIFT or Portage, visit this web page:

www.ryerson.ca/studentlearningsupport/academic-accommodation-support

You can also send an email to shift@ryerson.ca.

Section 4: Pulling it all together - your responsibilities

Section 4: Pulling it all together - your responsibilities

You, of course, play a vital role in your accommodation plan. You have a number of responsibilities related to your accommodations. Please keep in mind the importance of:

  • reading emails sent to your Ryerson email account
  • reviewing and meeting the important deadlines we post (e.g. test booking deadlines)
  • staying in touch, and letting us know if you need to discuss your accommodation plan and its implementation, including any problems you are encountering
  • following the correct procedures associated with your accommodations
  • activating the sending of accommodation letters each semester
  • keeping track of the significant dates for students at Ryerson

Self-advocacy

Self-advocacy is an important skill for all students. It is also a key component of using your accommodations.

“Self-advocacy is essentially about knowing yourself, being able to promote yourself and your skills while speaking to any challenges you may face because of your disability, and being able to request the accommodations you need. ...[It] is a skill that is developed. It takes practice.”*

Your facilitator will discuss what self-advocacy means in this context during your registration appointment. AAS also offers workshops and resources related to self-advocacy skills. For more information or guidance, speak with your facilitator.

Your facilitator is also always available to speak to professors or course instructors and academic departments on your behalf, with your permission, if you would like assistance with arranging any aspect of your accommodations.

*National Educational Association of Disabled Students, 2016 

Resource:

Academic accommodation checklist

  • Think about and decide if your disability impacts your academics and whether you will require academic accommodations 
  • Obtain your disability-related documentation
  • Prepare to complete our online intake form and choose an appointment day/time
  • Complete the intake form and upload your documentation
  • Choose your registration appointment day and time online
  • Attend your intake appointment to meet your facilitator and develop your accommodation plan
  • Send electronic accommodation letters to your professors or course instructors via the AAS online system
  • Follow-up with your professors or course instructors as necessary to discuss your accommodations
  • Book tests (including quizzes, tests, midterms) for which you require accommodations via the AAS online system
  • Check your Ryerson email account regularly to stay up-to-date with important AAS information and deadlines
  • Stay in touch with your facilitator as necessary throughout the semester
  • When the final exam schedule is released, book your final exams with accommodations via the AAS online system

AAS Online Services

Go to AAS Online Services to view/send your Accommodation Letter or Book a Test/Exam:

AAS ONLINE SERVICES

Location and Contact Information

In-person: Student Learning Centre - 4th floor (341 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1S1)

By phone: 416.979.5290

By fax: 416.979.5094

By email: aasadmin@ryerson.ca

Academic Accommodation Support

Registering with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) is a 4-step (four-step) process:

Step 1: Obtain a digital copy of your documentation

Step 2: Complete our online intake form and book a registration appointment.

Step 3: Attend one of our Orientation sessions (Monday at 12pm, Tuesday at 9am, Wednesday at 12pm, or Thursday at 2pm)

Step 4: Attend your registration appointment.

Step 1: Obtain a digital copy of your documentation

In order to complete our online intake form and prepare for your registration appointment, please obtain documentation of your disability in digital format. You will upload your documentation to our online intake form (Step 2).

Documentation helps your academic accommodation facilitator understand the impact(s) of your disability on your academic functioning. Having this information ensures that your accommodation plan meets your individual learning needs.

Your documentation is held in strict confidence.

If you do not have the required documentation, or if it is not in a digital format for upload to the online intake form, please contact us for options.

Documentation Requirements for Students living with ADHD, Asperger's or a Learning Disability

We require a copy of your current psycho-educational assessment or a neuro-psychological assessment conducted by a Registered Psychologist or Psychiatrist trained to test for and diagnose the condition.

  • The assessment must contain information on the tests administered as well as the scores obtained.
  • The assessment must be completed within the last 4 years, or at an adult age (>18).
Documentation Requirements for Students living with a Medical or Mental Health Condition, or with Sensory Impairments
  • We require the (PDF) Disability Assessment Form to be completed by an appropriate registered health care professional (such as a family physician, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist) who is aware of your disability and can assess its impact on your academics. 
  • All documentation provided to us must clearly state the full details of the functional limitation(s) of the disability as related to your academic experience while at university.
  • Download (PDF) Disability Assessment Form or pick up a copy of this form at our front desk on the 4th floor of the Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Street.

Step 2: Complete our online intake form and book your registration appointment

When you have your documentation in digital format, the next step is the online intake form.

Important notice for incoming Ryerson students: Please note that the AAS online intake form requires students to log-in using their Ryerson online identity (eg. Ryerson username).

If you would like to book a registration appointment before you are assigned an online identity in August 2018, please contact us directly at 416-979-5290 or aasadmin@ryerson.ca after you have completed Step 1 of the registration process listed below.

The online intake form must be completed in one session. Please set aside approximately 45-minutes to complete the form. The online intake form times-out due to inactivity and does not allow to you to save a draft.

Be prepared to provide information regarding any:

  • Academic supports and strategies you used in the past.
  • Your academic history, your goals, and how your disability/disabilities have impacted your studies.
  • The supports and strategies that have worked for you in the past.

Complete the online intake form: www.ryerson.ca/aasintake

After submitting the intake form, you will be prompted to choose a date and time for your registration appointment. Once selected, you will receive an email confirmation with your appointment information. You can also view your registration appointment through AAS Online Services (www.ryerson.ca/myaccommodations). Once logged in, select “My schedule”.

To reschedule or make changes to your appointment, please contact us. 

Step 3: Attend an Orientation session

Next, attend one of our Orientation sessions. These sessions are an essential part of the registration process, providing orientation to our services and how to make the most of your accommodations.

Orientation sessions days and times:

  • Monday, 12pm to 1pm 
  • Tuesday, 9am to 10am
  • Wednesday, 12pm to 1pm 
  • Thursday, 2pm to 3pm 

Location: 

Student Learning Centre (SLC), 4th floor
341 Yonge Street

You can also review the Orientation session slides in advance (google slides). If you need these slides in a different format, please contact us.

Step 4: Attend your registration appointment 

On the day of your appointment, please check-in a few minutes early with our Reception desk. We are located on the 4th floor of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre (SLC), 341 Yonge Street.

During this appointment, you will meet individually with your Facilitator for one (1) hour. You will be registered with AAS after this meeting.

To prepare for your appointment, read the (PDF) AAS Student Handbook. This handbook is your roadmap to the accommodation process at Ryerson.

Questions?

Have questions about the registration process? You can send us an email (aasadmin@ryerson.ca), call 416-979-5290, or drop-in to meet our Intake Administrator.

Intake drop-in hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 11am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm

Location and Contact Information

In-person: Student Learning Centre - 4th floor (341 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1S1)

By phone: 416.979.5290

By fax: 416.979.5094

By email: aasadmin@ryerson.ca

Academic Accommodation Support

Part of the registration process will involve meeting with one of our Accommodation Facilitators. This will be your main contact and they will get things started. Those eligible may also meet with our dedicated assistive technologist, learning & transition facilitator, and other support staff. And, of course, you have full access to all of the other Student Learning Support programs.

You have to activate your academic accommodations each semester, through AAS Online Services. Your Facilitator will be in contact with you if updated documentation is required for continued registration.

Academic Accommodation Facilitator Drop-in Hours

To speak with your facilitator, you can connect with them via email or phone, or come to their drop-in hours. 

For immediate assistance, please contact the front desk at 416.979.5290 or email aasadmin@ryerson.ca.

Amanda Masterton

Tel:  416.979.5000  ext.6621

Email: amanda.masterton@ryerson.ca

Danielle Kandel Lieberman

Tel: 416.979.5000 ext. 3717

Email: dkandellieberman@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours:

  • Monday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday: 11am to 12pm
  • Friday: 3pm to 4pm

 

Elizabeth Han

Tel:  416.979.5000  ext.2388

Email: elizabeth.han@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours:

  • Monday: 11am to 12pm
  • Tuesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 10am
  • Thursday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday: 2pm to 3pm
Gafira Kassam

Tel:  416.979.5000  ext.6654

Email: gkassam@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours

  • Monday: 10am to 11am
  • Tuesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday: 11am to 12pm
  • Friday: 2pm to 3pm
John Woodley

Tel:  416.979.5000  ext.2685

Email: john.woodley@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours:

  • Monday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday: 11am to 12pm
  • Wednesday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Thursday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday: 3pm to 4pm
Leslie Simpson

Tel:  416.979.5000  ext.2173

Email: leslie.simpson@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours:

  • Monday: 10am to 11am
  • Tuesday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday: 3pm to 4pm
Karen Stevenson

Tel:  416.979.5000  ext.2878

Email: karen.stevenson@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours:

  • Tuesday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Thursday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday: 3pm to 4pm
Mandy Sandhu

Tel: 416.979.5000 ext.4578

Email: mandy.sandhu@ryerson.ca

Drop-in hours:

  • Monday: 9am to 10am
  • Tuesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday: 11am to 12pm
  • Friday: 2pm to 3pm

Academic Accommodation Support

Once registered with AAS, you need to activate your accommodations each semester. You do this by sending electronic accommodation letters to your professor or course instructor via our online system.

After your letters are sent, we encourage you to reach out to your professors to discuss your individual accommodation plan and how it will work for each course. If you are not comfortable approaching your professor or course instructor directly, contact your academic accommodation facilitator who can communicate with your professor or course instructor on your behalf.  

AAS ONLINE SERVICES

How to Send Accommodation Letters

Download(PDF) How to Send Accommodation Letters Instructions

 

How to Send Accommodation Letters (Video)

Academic Accommodation Support

You must book a Quiz, Test or Make-up Test with Accommodation 10-days in advance. If you miss the deadline, you must submit an Exceptional Booking Request - see below for the form.

For questions on your bookings, please contact the Test Cente at 416.979.5000 ext. 7932 or testcentre@ryerson.ca

Notice: The administrative office of the Test Centre will be closed at 5:00 PM from June 18th to June 22nd. We will resume normal administrative hours on June 25th.

Final Exam Bookings

  • Fall 2018 final exam booking deadline: TBA
  • Winter 2019 final exam booking deadline: TBA

Booking Tips

  • We suggest you submit your bookings as early as possible, even if you don't know the test/exam length (your professor will confirm this info with us).
  • Starting on your exam day, count backwards 10-days, skipping any Ryerson University closures, until you reach 10-days.
  • If there's a change to the start time or date of your booking, an email confirmation is required from your professor to make the change.

AAS ONLINE SERVICES

How to Book a Test (Video)

Notice of Your Booking

Notification of your test/exam booking will be emailed to you indicating date, start time, and location two (2) days in advance of the scheduled write date. It is your responsibility to confirm this information.

One the Day of Your Test/Exam

On the day of your test/exam, please go to the scheduled location confirmed in your email, approximately fifteen (15) minutes before the start time. Bring your Ryerson student card or a valid government issued photo ID as proof of your identity. 

Preparing for a Test or Exam at the Test Centre (Video)

 

Exceptional Booking Request for Quizzes, Tests and Exams

Students who miss the deadline to book quizzes, tests, and exams with accommodation must submit an Exceptional Booking Request.

The Test Centre reviews these exceptional requests and approves based on availability of resources. We cannot guarantee you a spot to write, however we will make every effort to fulfill your request.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact your Academic Accommodation Facilitator.

Submit an exceptional booking request.

Academic Accommodation Support

Workshops

We offer workshops on a variety of topics designed to help you become more familiar with the essential skills necessary for academic success and allow you to build a foundation for academic skill-building.

For our complete list of workshops visit our SLS workshop page.

Academic Edge

Start the semester strong. Sharpen your academic skills. Gain an academic edge. 

January 30, 2018 - March 6, 2018, 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Academic Edge is a 5-week program specifically designed for first-year students. By building on your current academic and study strategies, facilitators will help you build the skills that are critical to your success.

Through weekly group sessions, facilitators address key concerns from students (i.e. learning form lectures, time management and goal-setting, preparing for mid-terms, effective reading strategies etc.) to help you gain an academic edge on your studies. All first-year students are encouraged to register. Lunch will be provided.

Academic Accommodation Support

RU Noted

For students who will benefit from another student’s notes, we offer the RU Noted student-note taking program as an enhanced service. Your facilitator will discuss with you eligibility and how this support works at Ryerson, if applicable.

AAS ONLINE SERVICES

How to Access Notes

Download (PDF) How to Access Notes

How to Access Class Notes (Video)

 

Academic Accommodation Support

OSAP

Applying for OSAP is the first step in determining eligibility for disability-related grants, bursaries, or funding for an assessment. The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is used by AAS to determine if you have “financial need” that would make you eligible for the various government grants and bursaries.

Bursaries (BSWD & CSG-PDSE)

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities(CSG-PDSE) help eligible students meet their disability-related educational costs.

Consult with your facilitator for more information regarding these bursaries during your initial intake appointment.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 BSWD is Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30pm.
  • Spring/Summer and Summer 2018 BSWD is Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30pm.

BSWD Forms

(PDF) BSWD Information
(PDF) BSWD Application 2018- 2019
(PDF) BSWD Service Provider Quote Form
(PDF) BSWD Tutor Quote Form
(PDF) BSWD Transportation Quote Form
(PDF) BSWD Tutor Log Form
(PDF) BSWD Tutor Receipt Form

Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Students who are receiving OSAP and live with a documented, permanent disability may be eligible for the Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities. To apply, check the Permanent Disability box on your OSAP application. You will then need to request a letter from AAS confirming that you live with a permanent disability.

Important note: You do not need to take a student loan to be eligible for funding. You can decline the loan portion of the programme once your eligibility has been determined.

Scholarships

Harriet Stairs Award: open to second, third and fourth-year students in the Criminology program or Social Work program, who are registered with Academic Accommodation Support.  The deadline is: September 29, 2017.

https://www.ryerson.ca/registrar/students/scholarships/uni_additional/

The Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship: seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education. 

Apply for the Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship (https://www.gaulinfoundation.org/en/apply/)

AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship: offers financial assistance to students with a disability. Two $5,000 bursaries will be awarded to two deserving students with a permanent disability; one from the English community and one from the French.

Apply for the AIM Robers Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship (http://www.ami.ca/scholarship)

The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program: recognizes the obstacles faced by students living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and supports them in rising above their personal challenges in pursuit of their dreams. 

Apply for the AbbVie AIBD Scholarship (www.ibdscholarship.ca)

The Joubin/Selig Scholarship Fund: provides financial assistance to post-secondary students in Ontario with permanent physical (mobility) disabilities who wish to pursue an education in their chosen field of study.

Apply for the Joubin/Selig Scholarship Fund (https://torontofoundation.ca/joubin-selig-scholarship)

 

Academic Accommodation Support

SHIFT

Are you a student with a disability heading into first year University (or College)? Does your disability impact your learning?

SHIFT (Student Heading into Full Time) is Ryerson University's FREE transition program for students with disabilities. This program is specifically designed for first-year students with a documented disability (such as, an LD, ADHD, mental health impacts, physical, sensory and/or medical disability) entering into any post-secondary institution in Ontario.

During SHIFT, incoming students learn about the accommodation process at Ryerson, take the first step in getting registered with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS), and plan for a strong transition to university. Here’s what SHIFT attendees did last year: SHIFT 2017 schedule

In 2018, SHIFT is offered as one-day sessions throughout the summer - Wed. July 18, Wed. August 15, and Wed. August 22.  We have received overwhelming interest and registration is closed. Please contact shift@ryerson.ca to learn of other opportunities available.

Participants will meet other first year students, and take part in workshops and experiential sessions that include:

  • Tips on navigating your academic accommodation plan
  • Access to the latest in assistive technology
  • Key resources and campus supports
  • Opportunities to hear from upper year students
  • A mock lecture experience
  • Academic study strategies
  • Preparation for success at university

We’re excited to support students in feeling confident entering their first year.  

SHIFT is housed within Student Learning Support at Ryerson University.

Location: Student Learning Centre, 4th Floor, 341 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3

Email: shift@ryerson.ca

 

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