Sheridan is committed to providing access and appropriate academic accommodation to students with temporary or permanent disabilities. To access these services, it is important that you identify early with Accessible Learning at the campus you will be attending. In order for accommodations to be put in place for the start-up of classes, we ask that you complete and submit an Accessible Learning Intake Form along with documentation that verifies your disability.
The guidelines below outline the documentation required for different types of disabilities:
Acquired Brain Injury: Neuropsychological Report
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Medical Information Request Form or Psychoeducational Assessment
Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome: Medical Information Request Form or Psychoeducational Assessment
Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Audiology Report
Learning Disability: Psychoeducational Assessment
Medical Disability: Medical Information Request Form
Mental Health Disability: Medical Information Request Form
Physical/Mobility Impairment: Medical Information Request Form
Visual Impairment: Ophthalmologist Report or CNIB card
Students in the process of obtaining medical documentation may be able to access interim academic accommodations. Please make an appointment with an Accessible Learning Advisor to discuss this option.
Accessible Learning will consider requests for retroactive accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an Accessible Learning Advisor to discuss how to submit a request.
Access to Accommodations Related to Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
Students that provide only an IEP from the Elementary and/or Secondary level may be granted access to interim accommodations for one semester at Sheridan College. We will require updated documentation from a licensed medical professional that outlines academic accommodations required at the post-secondary level. An IEP is prepared for students studying at the elementary and secondary levels under the Education Act, and is not prepared by a licensed medical professional regarding academic accommodations that may be necessary at the post-secondary level.
What constitutes a disability?
The Ontario Human Rights Code defines a “disability” as:
a) any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device.
b) a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability,
c) a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols of spoken language,
d) a mental disorder, or
e) an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997; ("handicap)"
Additional examples of disabilities that may fall under each of these categories include:
f) pervasive developmental disorder, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay;
g) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; learning disability; short-term memory loss; acquired brain injury;
h) schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; chronic depression;
i) chronic back pain, tendon/ligament damage; carpal tunnel syndrome;
Chronic Medical conditions may also qualify as disabilities, or mental disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V)