Information for

OPEN DOORS Transition Program

What is Open Doors?

You're invited to attend AccessAbility Services’ Open Doors Orientation. Whether you are new to the office or a returning student, Open Doors is an opportunity to meet the staff, tour the office, have questions answered, make new friends, and get ready for your new term with AccessAbility Services.

Who is Open Doors for?

Open Doors is designed for both new students and returning students. Family are welcomed to attend with you, as we will have staff on hand to answer their questions, and ease their concerns.

When is Open Doors?

Open Doors is being held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 with a repeated session on Sunday, September 4, 2016. We've designed this weekend to be as flexible for you as possible, so the same sessions will be running on both days. You can select which sessions you would like to attend and when. For example, you may wish to attend Session #1 and Session #3 on Saturday, and Session #2 on Sunday - you get to make your own agenda.

Where is Open Doors held?

Open Doors will be taking place in AccessAbility Services located in the new Needles Hall addition, room NH1401. A tour of the Waterloo campus is also provide. Our interactive Campus Map can help you plan your route and locate buildings on campus. Please visit the Parking Services website for information related to parking on campus. If you require accessible transportation once you've arrived, please let us know in advance.


Please make sure you RSVP for the sessions you would like to attend, including the number of guests in your party, as well as your Faculty, by completing the registration form. If you have any questions or need help registering, please contact us by email:, phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35082, or in-person: 200 University Ave, Needles Hall 1401, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1.

Session Descriptions:

Session #1 - AccessAbility Services 101

Time: 9:30am - 10:00am

An overview of the services that we offer as well as tips and strategies on getting the most out of your AccessAbility Services experience.

Session #2 - Exam Centre Overview

Time: 10:00am - 10:30am

An overview and tour of the Exam Centre and an opportunity to participate in a mock exam.

Session #3 - Drop-in/Open Session

Time: 10:30am - 11:00am

Tour of AccessAbility Services office, meet with an Adaptive Technologist to demo some new technologies, log on to our online system with support, and have individual questions answered.

Session #4 - Panel Discussion & Lunch

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Current students registered with AccessAbility Services, and a parent (and faculty member) of a student with a disability in university share their experiences in a panel and Q and A discussion over lunch. Lunch will be provided.

Session #5 - Walk & Roll Campus Tour

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Peer guided tour of campus buildings, services, and hot spots.

Disability Tax Credit

Le crédit d'impôt pour personnes handicapées