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Step 1: Registration and Documentation

Step 1 in registering with Accessible Learning requires you to do the following:

  1. Review Accessible Learning Documentation Requirements.
  2. Complete the Accessible Learning Registration Form.
  3. Review the following information: 
  4. Submit your documentation.
  5. Promptly respond to messages from Accessible Learning in your myLaurier inbox.

Once we receive (a) your registration form and (b) your disability documentation, we will email your myLaurier email address about next steps.

What's in a Name?

We recognize that a person's name is central to their identity so getting your name right is important to us.

To ensure we have it correct, and that our system correctly picks up your preferred name from Banner, visit Preferred Name at Laurier. 

Documentation Requirements

Students seeking academic accommodations for reasons of a disability at Laurier are required to submit documentation to support their request. 

Disability documentation supports academic accommodation planning by: 

  • Confirming you are a person with a disability
  • Describing how your disability affects you at school

Disability Categories

To access the correct form, select the category that best reflects your disability or disabilities. Ask a healthcare practitioner who is qualified to diagnose and treat your disability to complete your form. 

Note: Students are NOT obligated to disclose their medical diagnosis to Accessible Learning when seeking academic accommodations for reasons of a disability at Laurier. Indicating the category that best reflects your disability is not the same as disclosing your diagnosis. Information about your disability category helps Accessible Learning effectively and efficiently assess your needs and design appropriate accommodation and support plans.

Email the Accessible Learning Intake Coordinator if you (a) do not know which category best reflects your disability, (b) require our forms in alternate format, or (c) have questions about our documentation requirements.

Interim Accommodations

Students who do not have disability documentation may be eligible for interim accommodations and support while waiting to obtain documentation. Interim accommodations usually expire after one or two terms.

Students seeking interim accommodations should submit any documentation they have including Grade 12 Individual Education Plans (IEP), outdated psycho-educational assessments, or letters from health care providers (HCP). Letters must be dated, on original letterhead and contain the HCP's signature and license number. 

Interim academic accommodations granted in: 

  • fall term will expire on April 30
  • winter term will expire on Aug. 31
  • spring/summer term will expire on Dec. 31

Students must submit updated documentation before their interim accommodations expire. 

Double Degree with University of Waterloo

Double-degree students who wish to use their accommodations for exams must register and book exam accommodations in accordance with published deadlines

Laurier students with disabilities enrolled in a double degree program, and whose home institution is the University of Waterloo, must:

Accessible Learning and AccessAbility Services will try to provide identical accommodations across both institutions. After receiving the student's UW accommodation plan, Accessible Learning will input easily transferrable accommodations into our online system and email the student at their myLaurier email address instructions for how to access their accommodations and book their accommodated exams.

Students with more complex accommodations or those not easily transferred to the Laurier learning environment will be required to meet with the Inkake Coordinator or an Accessible Learning consultant. Students may also be asked to submit supporting documentation for accommodations, including documentation submitted to UW or new documentation.

Please contact the Accessible Learning Intake Coordinator with any questions. 

Submit Documentation

Do not email a copy of your documentation to Accessible Learning. Due to security and privacy concerns, Accessible Learning cannot accept copies of documentation by email or fax.

Prepare Your Documentation

Documentation must include all the pages, be legible and uploaded in a single PDF file. If taking photos of your documentation, convert the photos to a single PDF file. 

Accessible Learning will not review documentation that is illegible or missing pages. 

If you: 

  • are new to Accessible Learning and completing the registration form, include your documentation with the form
  • have already completed the Accessible Learning Registration Form but did not include your documentation, email for a unique and secure upload link
  • are already registered and active with Accessible Learning and want to submit new or additional documentation,
    1. Log in to Accessible Learning Online
    2. Click the "Additional Documentation Submission" button