Support for Students with Special Needs

Students of York University with any of the following conditions may access support through Counselling and Disability Services (CDS):

  • Learning Disability
  • Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability
  • Mental Health Disability

In order to receive accommodations to their program, students must self-disclose their condition to CDS staff, including submission of medical reports, psychological testing results and doctors’ referrals.

Counsellors review the student’s needs and work with individuals to develop appropriate accommodations. After appointment(s) with CDS, eligible students may receive a letter outlining the accommodation(s) that they require in each class. In order to request that these supports be implemented, students must be willing to share the results of this consultation with Course Directors, Mentor Teachers and Site Coordinators as appropriate.

Accommodations are not meant to provide an advantage to students, but to put them on an equal level with other students. Treating students equitably is different from treating them equally. All accommodations must be reasonable and take into account the nature and severity of disability, course objectives, and academic integrity.
Students who require accommodations in their classes and/or practicum placements should make an appointment with Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) at York University before the start of classes. CDS offers pre-university transition support, which may be of interest to students and their families.

It is each student’s responsibility to communicate with each of their Course Directors and to show them the letter in order to request accommodations.

Other Supports

English as a Second Language (ESL) Support - The ESL Open Learning Centre offers support to students whose first language is not English.