AccessAbility Services

If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. --Margaret Mead

New Manager for AccessAbility Services

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Gillies has accepted the role of Manager, AccessAbility Services. Jennifer is a Waterloo graduate with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Jennifer’s Masters and PhD degrees focused on the experiences of university students with disabilities. She also earned a second Masters degree from York University’s Critical Disability Studies program.

The University of Waterloo has a long standing commitment to support the participation and access to university programs, services, and facilities by persons with disabilities.

This site is your central access point for information and resources related to:

  • registration with AccessAbility Services
  • documentation requirements
  • services for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors

  • accommodation

Accommodations for Midterm & Final Exams

  1. Fill out the online request for accommodations form.

  2. Please ensure that your winter term schedule is finalized before submitting the online form.

  3. If you are taking an online course through the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL), please ensure that you also fill out the CEL request for accommodation form. If you are only taking online courses, you will only need to fill out the CEL form and contact our front desk (ext. 35082) to make an appointment (phone appointments also available) with an AccessAbility Services advisor.

Deadline to submit white copy of Alternate Examination Arrangements for midterm/test accommodations:  7 days before the first midterm

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

Deadline to submit white copy of Alternate Examination Arrangements for final examinations: March 18, 2016

Future Students

We encourage students to connect with AccessAbility Services early to assist with a smooth transition to university. Please take a look at our website and in particular the section for future students.

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss our services and address any questions you may have. To book a phone or in-person appointment, please contact our Front Desk at: or ext. 35082.

Share Your Feedback

AccessAbility Services is currently reviewing our operations, services, supports and resources.

Your input and feedback are very important as we look to improve and expand the services and resources available to students on campus. All 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.