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Academic accommodations for students with disabilities
Academic accommodations help students with a disability or ongoing medical condition overcome challenges that may affect their academic success.
UBC’s Disability Resource Centre determines a student’s eligibility for accommodations in accordance with the university’s Policy LR7: Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
The types of conditions supported by the Disability Resource Centre include but are not limited to:
- Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, or bi-polar disorder
- Neurological disabilities such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, head injuries and Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Chronic health conditions including ongoing medical conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease or migraines
- Physical or sensory disabilities such as visual impairment, hearing loss, or mobility impairments
Academic accommodations are not determined by your instructor; however, your instructor may consult with the Disability Resource Centre should the accommodation affect the essential learning outcomes of a course.
These are the commonly used forms to access DRC services.
- For students wanting to register with the DRC you would use the Information Form and the Verification of Disability Form.
- For students already affiliated – the alternate format and academic concession request forms are relevant.
- Students, staff, or faculty may request the Captioning or Sign Language Interpreting to request support for a class or an event.
Click the button below to access the form you need.
If you are a returning student who has previously affiliated with the Disability Resource Centre, log in to the student portal to send your accommodation letter to your professors at the beginning of each semester. This will then give you access to book your accommodated exams.
If you require some support or would like to make changes to your accommodations, contact your Accessibility Advisor.
If you have not previously accessed services with the Disability Resource Centre, please follow the following steps:
Step one: Complete DRC Information Form
The information you provide will give your Accessibility Advisor some background information that will help them prepare for your first meeting:
- The information form gives you the opportunity to tell us more about the challenges you experience related to your studies.
- The Verification of Disability Form(pdf) can be completed by a qualified assessor to give us more information about barriers related to your condition. You can find more information about the medical documentation requirements here.
If you require some assistance in completing the information package or you have questions about this process, contact an advisor.
Step two: Meet with an Accessibility Advisor
Once you have submitted your information package, you will be contacted to set up your first meeting with an Accessibility Advisor. This initial meeting for first-time registrants typically takes about an hour.
Depending on the time of year, this process can take two to four weeks. Your advisor will work with you throughout your studies at UBC Okanagan.
Initial meeting with an Accessibility Advisor
Your first meeting with your Advisor will take about an hour. The purpose of the first meeting is for you and your advisor to get to know each other and to develop a plan to assist you in your studies. Together you will review the information package you submitted and discuss the barriers you experience related to your studies and/or your full inclusion in campus activities. Your advisor will also provide you with information about support services that are available on campus, specialized services that may be appropriate to assist you, and funding options.
To request housing or specific room assignment for medical or disability-related reasons, you must apply through UBC Housing and complete a DRC intake process.
Some accommodations can take several weeks to set up. We recommend that students submit their information packages by July 1 for the start of the September program year.
We accept information packages at any time; however, we may not be able to meet with students during the same semester if their information package is submitted within three weeks of the final exam period.