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Special Accommodation

Special accommodation may be granted on an individual basis on the grounds of a disability, medical condition, or religious restrictions.

Definition of Special Accommodation

The special accommodation policy is compliant with accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). A disability is defined in the AODA and the Human Rights Code as:

  • 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;
  • A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability;
  • A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language;
  • A mental disorder; or,
  • An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

Applying for Special Accommodation

In order for appropriate arrangements to be made, candidates requiring special accommodation must identify their requirement for accommodation when completing the online application form and submit the official request form. The completed Special Accommodation Request Form must be received by the Admissions Department by the closing of the application window on January 15, 2019. Last-minute requests may be difficult to arrange. Depending on the nature and extent of the request, supporting documentation may be submitted as a medical report, a detailed physician’s note or an official letter from the leader of a religious congregation that supports the candidate’s request.

The Registration Manager will review requests for special accommodation, ensure their confidentiality, and discuss available options with the Director of Examinations, the Examiner-in-Chief and the Executive Director, when required. Special accommodation will only be granted for the same session for which the Admissions Officer has reviewed and approved a candidate’s application.