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Waterloo strives to be a community that welcomes students from all backgrounds. Throughout the application process, we offer a number of services and resources for students with disabilities.

As you're applying

Special consideration

If you experienced an unaccommodated (or suspected) disability, illness, or trauma; or other exceptional circumstances or challenges beyond your control, you can request special consideration in the application process.

Accommodation for the application process

You can request an accessibility accommodation for Waterloo's application process, such as needing application material in an alternate format.


Campus visits

A student ambassador with her back to the camera speaks to students during a campus tourCampus tours and open houses are a great to experience Waterloo. Campus tours are walking tours that normally last 90 minutes. We offer

  • an accessible tour route for guests who use a wheelchair or other mobility aids,
  • a wheelchair to borrow for the campus tour,
  • microphones and speakers for our student ambassadors to amplify their voices, and/or
  • places to sit during tours.

You can request any accommodations when you book a campus tour.

If you plan to visit campus, you can also book a meeting with an advisor in our AccessAbility Services office to learn about the services available to you.

Connect with AccessAbility Services

AccessAbility Services offers academic accommodations for students with disabilities and disabling conditions (e.g., injuries, medical conditions, or impacts of trauma such as from violence, discrimination, or oppression).

If you believe you may require academic accommodations during your studies at Waterloo, learn about the accommodation services and supports available and how to apply for them. If you have some questions, please call 519-888-4567, ext. 35082 or email AccessAbility Services.

Have you received an offer of admission?

Congratulations! We hope that you'll become part of our Waterloo community. Now that you've been admitted, here are some specific resources and steps you can take.

Apply for academic accommodations

If you believe you may require classroom or testing accommodations at Waterloo, complete the AccessAbility Services online application once you’ve accepted your Offer of Admission.

Accessible housing

Accessible housing is available for students who require supports or accommodations in on-campus residences. You'll need to apply by the end of May.


Diet restrictions and allergies

Food Services supports and accommodates dietary needs and food allergies in residence eateries.

Financial assistance

A bursary for students with disabilities provides financial assistance to help with the costs of disability-related services or equipment.


Getting ready for university

AccessAbility Services can help with the transition to university life. Services include

Guide to making a successful transition

The Ontario-wide Transition to Post-Secondary Education guide offers a four-part post-secondary preparation course. Topics include preparing for change, learning skills, and thriving on campus.


When you're a student

Looking ahead to when you start classes, here are some resources available to students.

Accessibility in the classroom

Learn about some of the services available to support your learning at Waterloo.

Accessibility in the library

Waterloo's on-campus libraries support students with diverse accessibility needs throughout their time at Waterloo.

Additional resources

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