Special accommodation may be granted on an individual basis on the grounds of a disability, medical condition or religious reason.
Definition of Special Accommodations
The special accommodations 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 Accomodations
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 College within 60 days of the examination for which the individual is seeking special accommodation. 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. Supporting document must be dated no more than 12 months prior to the date of the examination.
Each request for special accommodation will be reviewed by College Staff, the Examiner-in-Chief, and/or the Associate Examiner-in-Chief, when required. Special accommodations will only be granted for the same session for which the Registrar has reviewed and approved a candidate’s application.