Dana Porter Library, Room 251C
University of Waterloo Library
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4567 x33012
Library Accessibility Services
Welcome to Library Accessibility Services!
We are committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our services and resources in the same place, and in a similar way as other users.
Students registered with AccessAbility Services, Needles Hall 1401, are invited to enjoy quiet study in a fully accessible, scent-free environment at the Adaptive Technology Centre, located on the main floor of the Dana Porter Library, LIB251.
Engage yourself in our diverse range of services, technology, and workstations to help you research and study more effectively.
What is a disability?
When we think of disabilities, we tend to think of people in wheelchairs and physical disabilities – disabilities that are visible and apparent. But disabilities can also be non-visible. We can’t always tell who has a disability. The broad range of disability types includes vision, hearing, intellectual, developmental, learning, and mental health.
The AODA uses the same, broadened definition of disability as the Ontario Human Rights Commission that:
- includes past, present, and perceived conditions
- reaffirms student’s right to discrimination and harassment-free education
- represents impact of ableism on students’ access to education when struggling with mental health