Making Contact and Getting Accommodated
We encourage students to register with the Student Accessibility Services office as soon as possible. Professors may also refer students to the SAS if they think a student is eligible for our services. Contacting us for accommodation in the spring/summer before attending STU allows us enough time to prepare everything for when classes begin.
Every student's process is different, registration generally goes as follows:
Students who believe they may be eligible make contact with the SAS. This should be done as soon as possible, but it is never too late.
This can be done by email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), phone (506) 453-7207 or 7216, or in person between 8:30-4:30.
- You will meet with the SAS staff to discuss what accommodations you require.
- To register and accommodate you, documentation of your disability from a licensed health or mental health care professional is required.
- You will fill out an intake form, which includes your contact information, accommodation grounds, and other important information.
- Based on your submitted documentation, our office will create an accommodation guide and discuss it with you.
- You will deliver that guide to professors.
- The SAS will also help you apply for a Canadian Study Grant and Student Loans, if necessary.
- You will need to come back to the center at the beginning of every semester to get accommodation guides to give to your professors. Without these, your professors will not know to accommodate you and may refuse your request for accommodation.
Accommodations provided or assistance in obtaining:
- Access to adaptive technologies (audio-recording pen, text-to-speech programs, dictation to text programs, mind mapping, screen zooming, helpful device apps)
- Access to large print, taped, or braille materials
- FM system to support hearing impaired students
- Sign Language Interpreters ( provided by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association, NB)
- In-class note takers
- Exam accommodations (writing environment, increased time, reader, scribe, etc.)
- Tutor for general academic success (separate from course-specific peer tutors)
- Use of our distraction-reduced computer lab
Remember it is your right to be accommodated based on your disability. Accommodations do not give an ‘unfair advantage’ to students who use our services. Students with disabilities are only given the accommodations necessary to equalize their chances of learning success with the students who do not require such accommodations.
At St. Thomas University, we believe that every student should have equal opportunities to succeed academically. Moreover, the duty to accommodate is a legal principle and a requirement dictated by Canadian Human Rights legislation. It is the University’s legal obligation to provide academic accommodations when these accommodations are required and documented by a licensed health or mental health care professional.