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AccessAbility Services

                   Welcome to AccessAbility Services

Workshop Series: Strengthen your Academic Writing!

Finding Scholarly Sources in Your Discipline

Students' research often turns to Google or another popular search engine.  Scholarly research is performed using similar tools, but in a much more intentional and critical way.  Learn to find appropriate books and articles for your assignment more efficiently.

  • Thursday, January 19:  10:00 - 11:00

Searching Effectively on Your Topic

Learn basic searching techniques to help you find relevant materials in the Library's databases.  After a short introduction/presentation, there will be time to put this information into practice for your assignments.

  • Wednesday, January 25:  10:00 - 12:00

Citing Properly with RefWorks

Hear briefly from the Office of Academic Integrity about why you need to reference your sources.  Then learn how to manage your references, create bibliographies, and format your papers in a variety of citation styles from a liaison librarian using RefWorks, a web-based citation software freely available to all UWaterloo students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

  • Tuesday, January 31:  1:30 - 3:30

Please reserve your spot by contacting the Front Desk by email at or by phone at 519-888-4567 Ext. 35082.

AccessAbility Online

Our Online System provides you with a convenient, efficient, and confidential method to register with our services and request accommodations.

Click on the appropriate button below to begin.

Managing Your Accommodations Using The New Online System

Do you have questions about the online system?

Are you having problems scheduling your exams?

Are you unsure about requesting accommodations for the term?

We can help you learn how to manage your accommodations using AccessAbility Services’ new online system. Choose the method that works best for you.

  1. Email our Software System Trainer, Anne Fioravanti, and she can answer your concerns directly.
  2. Email AccessAbility Services or call reception at 519-888-4567 Ext. 35082 to RSVP for one of our online system information session offered on the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday’s 3:00pm-4:00pm
    • Thursday’s 1:00pm-2:00pm
    • Friday’s 9:00am-10:00am

Please reserve your spot one week in advance.

  1. Email AccessAbility Services or call reception at 519-888-4567 Ext. 35082 to book an appointment with our Software Trainer, Anne Fioravanti, for a one-on-one information session.

Accommodations for Exams

It is your responsibility to book your exams online and check the exam schedule posted on AccessAbility Online and on the Student Portal.

Term tests: must be booked online no later than 7 days prior to the exam or by the last drop date (March 17th), whichever comes sooner.

Finals: must be booked online by March 17, 2017.

If a midterm is listed to take place in less than 7 days from the date of submission, it may not be accommodated in the exam centre. 

Retroactive accommodations will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Student Access Van

The Student Access Van is a shuttle service offered through AccessAbility Services for students with a temporary or permanent disability.  It is intended as campus transportation only for UWaterloo students.  The van operates Monday to Thursday (8:00 am to 10:00 pm) and Friday (8:00 am to 5:00 pm).

Eligibility for the service is determined with your AccessAbility Services advisor, and is based on your documentation

To request this service book an appointment with your AccessAbility Services advisor.  Minimum notice to use the service is 24 hours and the average length of time to complete a request is 24 hours.

For immediate assistance contact our Coordinator, Student Relations & Office Operations or call ext. 38922.

Notetaking Services

AccessAbility services works collaboratively with course instructors and department staff to help recruit student volunteers.  For additional information and/or to register as a volunteer notetaker check out our notetaking services.

Share Your Feedback

Your input and feedback are important as we look to improve and expand the services and resources available to students on campus. Feedback will be summarized and kept in confidence, and only used to inform how we can improve our office. We look forward to hearing from you.

Accessibility Initiatives AODA at Waterloo

Exam Hotline

Instructors who wish to contact AccessAbility Services with exam information for students writing with our department, please call ext. 32292. 

If our proctors are busy with students at the time of your call and the phone goes to voice mail, leave your contact information and we will get back to you shortly.