An accommodation is a different way of completing a task allowing a student work better and more efficiently. Accommodations level the playing field without lowering the standards or compromising the integrity of a course or program. Some examples of accommodations include:
- Using a computer to type answers
- Physical access to attend class
- A quiet, distraction free room to write tests/exams
- Extended time for tests/exams
- Recording of lectures
- Preferential seating in class
- Assistance with note-taking (computerized, software, volunteer)
- Alternate formats (braille, large print, tests read aloud)
- Use of assistive technology for reading, writing, studying
- Use of FM system
The Student Accessibility office works with students who may experience barriers related to a temporary, chronic or permanent disability or medical conditions. These include, but are not limited to:
- Students who had individual education plans in high school
- Students who suffer from a permanent or temporary injury that limits their ability to attend class or participate in course work
- Students with chronic or temporary medical conditions that inhibit academic life
- Students with temporary or permanent disabilities
- Students who suffer from test anxiety
- Neurologically diverse students such as those with ADHD, autism, OCD, dyspraxia, or dyslexia
Welcome! In order to receive accommodations for disabilities or medical conditions, there are a few steps for you to take to become a registered SAS student.
First, you will complete the Student Information Form and, if possible before your meeting with the SAS Coordinator, have your registered health professional complete the Medical Questionnaire Form. The Medical Questionnaire Form can also be completed after your meeting with the SAS Coordinator.
Next, you will be contacted by the SAS Coordinator for a meeting. You will review your documentation and discuss your needs and possible accommodations. Once those accommodations are determined, the SAS Coordinator will email you and your professors a copy of your accommodation letters to outline your accommodations.
Once those steps are completed, you are a registered SAS student.
SAS requires that you fill out the with a registered health professional. If you or your registered health professional are unsure about the type of information required, please contact our office directly.
Don’t worry! If you do not have documentation to support your accommodation request, you can discuss how to obtain the necessary documentation during your initial meeting with the SAS Coordinator.
First, you will request your accommodation letters.
If your accommodation needs HAVE NOT CHANGED, please request your accommodation letters.
If your accommodation needs HAVE CHANGED, please schedule a meeting with the SAS Coordinator to discuss these changes.
Once your accommodation letters have been requested, please meet with your professors about your accommodations.
Finally, please submit your requests for any resources or services you require. This includes alternate format materials, test/exam accommodations, assistive technology or tutoring.
Yes, you must request accommodation letters every term! We need to know what professors to send your accommodation letters to so that they are aware of the accommodations you require.
Students experiencing disabilities have the right to:
- Reasonable accommodations.
- The opportunity to discuss academic accommodations in a private setting.
- Be accommodated with dignity and courtesy.
- A respectful, fair, timely, and confidential process to reach accommodation decisions.
- Access support throughout the appeal process, including the services of the Brandon University. Student Union.
Students experiencing disabilities have the responsibility to:
- Pursue their studies with the same diligence of all students and accept responsibility for their role in achieving course and program outcomes.
- Identify their needs to SAS in a timely manner.
- Provide relevant and current documentation to SAS, or be willing to undergo assessment to demonstrate eligibility for accommodation and service.
- Develop an Accommodation Agreement with SAS.
- Complete an application for a Canada Student Grant, or inform SAS that they are ineligible.
- Ensure that sufficient notice, as defined by SAS, is given to SAS to provide necessary accommodations.
- Contact SAS each term to review their accommodations and inform themselves of SAS procedures.
- Communicate with appropriate faculty and SAS regarding any concerns with the recommended accommodations.
For more information, please read the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Procedure and Policy documents.