Applying for academic accommodations

When to apply

You can apply for academic accommodations once you have received your offer of admission, and you're a registered student with the University, or, as soon as you become aware of (or suspect) a disability.

How to apply

Complete our online application and submit your supporting documentation (if available) to begin the registration process.

We're here to help! Please let us know if you need assistance and/or are unable to access our online application. We can be reaching by phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35082, by email: access@uwaterloo.ca, or in-person: Needles Hall North, Room 1401.

What to expect

  1. Apply online. When completing the online application, you can upload your supporting medical documentation. If you don’t have any supporting documentation, we will email you a form that helps us to better understand your needs.
  2. Meet your Accommodation Consultant. Once your application and supporting documentation has been reviewed, you will be invited to meet with one of our Accommodations Consultants to finalize your registration with our office, and develop your personalized academic accommodation and support plan.
  3. Request your Accommodations. Once you have an accommodation plan, you will request your approved classroom, alternate format, and testing accommodations, for each course, using our online system. Graduate students will request non-course degree requirements and milestone accommodations through their Accommodation Consultant. AccessAbility Services will communicate your accommodation plan to each course instructor/faculty member.