Humber Colleges’ Academic Accommodations – Our Legal Responsibilities

October 1, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs

Fifteen percent of Ontarians have a disability. At Humber, students with disabilities represent 10% of our student population. This number continues to grow each year. Providing students with disabilities full access to learning environments is legislated by the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. As an institution of higher learning, creating inclusive learning environments and celebrating diversity is an inseparable part of who we are. When a barrier to learning has been identified – whether it has been identified by a student, by teaching faculty, or by us the Accessible Learning Services team – we meet with the student and discuss what accommodations are required. We then create an Accommodation Letter that is provided to the student’s faculty. If you receive a letter, there’s initially three steps to follow: 1) Send an email to the student to acknowledge that you have received it 2) Advise the student that they are welcome to connect with you at any time to discuss the accommodations, if they wish to do so. 3) Carefully review the letter to determine if you have any questions about the accommodations listed. Some accommodations may not apply to your course at all. Some may be straightforward and simple – such as providing additional time for tests and exams. And some accommodations may require help from us. Accessible Learning Services works collaboratively with students and faculty to help remove barriers in the most effective way possible. With great discretion and a real focus on how the student would like to approach the accommodation, we all contribute to the creation of an inclusive environment where the diversity of all the students enriches the learning experience.