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Accommodations Consultants

Accommodation consultants are responsible for ensuring the provision of academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. This includes:

  • Providing assessment and individualized planning.
  • Acting as a liaison with faculty, staff and students in an effort to support the implementation of accommodations.
  • Reviewing and evaluating plans to determine effectiveness of the accommodations and facilitates any needed changes.
  • Collaborateing with on- and off-campus supports for seamless response to support student needs.
  • Identifying new supports and mechanisms that elevates a student driven model.

They work in collaboration with other services and staff within the Accessible Learning Centre to ensure timely access to identified supports.

Brantford Campus

Erin RigginErin Riggin

Accommodation Consultant, Accessible Learning

I started at Laurier in 2010, having previously worked in the Thames Valley District School Board and with CPRI (Child and Parent recourse institute). My education includes a Childhood and Social Institutions BA, minor psychology (University of Western Ontario) and a Learning Strategy – Applied Learning Disability Specialist post graduate certification (Cambrian College). I was also the recipient of the Laurier Success Factor Award for Leadership and Accountability.

Waterloo Campus

Linda Chamberlain

Accommodation Consultant, Accessible Learning

Niyati JoshiNiyati Joshi

Accommodation Consultant, Accessible Learning

I started this position on October 10, 2017. Prior to this position, I worked as a psychologist in India. After coming to Canada, I worked as a learning skills advisor at Conestoga College and as a learning strategist counsellor at UOIT. I hold a Master of Social work (MSW) from Laurier and earned an MA (Psychology) in India.

Vanessa LopakVanessa Lopak

Intake Coordinator and Accommodation Consultant, Accessible Learning

  • vlopak@wlu.ca 
  • 519.884.0710 x2964
  • P223B, Peter's Building, Waterloo

I work with students, faculty, and staff to coordinate the intake process for the Accessible Learning Centre, which includes reviewing applications, assessing documentation, and guiding students through the accommodation process. In addition, as an Accessibility Consultant, I meet with students with disabilities to better understand barriers they may face in participating in their academic learning and help develop a plan of accommodations to ensure equitable and inclusive access to learning. I have a BSc in Psychology, an MA in Psychology, and an MSW, all from Laurier. Prior to joining Accessible Learning, I worked for 13 years in municipal government, leading a team of inclusion specialists in the areas of accessibility, human rights, community development, and equity.

Kwame Sarpongkwame-square.jpg

Accommodation Consultant, Accessible Learning

I began working at Laurier in 2020. Prior to this, I worked as Accessibility Counsellor at Mohawk College. I have a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Science from the University of Toronto.

Constance ShoreyConstance Shorey

Accommodation Consultant, Accessible Learning

I am a proud, two-time Laurier alumna completing both an undergraduate degree (HBA, Anthropology and Sociology) and a graduate degree (Master of Social Work) at Laurier. I have been an accommodation consultant with Accessible Learning since 2012.