Accessibility (ACD & OAD)

How to Define a Disability or Exceptionality

A disability occurs when the features of the environment a person lives in does not interact smoothly with the features of that person’s body, whether it be physically or mentally. An exceptionality refers to a person with a particular part of their mind that functions differently from most.

These characteristics are not always very noticeable. Varied abilities or exceptionalities could affect someone temporarily or permanently. They could also be a component of life that has been recognized since birth or newly discovered. Therefore it is important to have an open mind when considering your own or another’s varied ability or exceptionality.

With this being said, a disability or exceptionality can have the potential to create a brief obstacle towards your success. But with the support of Durham College employees, staff and faculty members, your success will become limitless.


Your Access and Support Centre                   

Did you know that individual accommodation plans are available for those with a recognized disability or exceptionality?

All students at Durham College are able to receive needed services from the Access and Support Centre.

The Access and Support Centre provides DC students with services to assist in their learning process. Whether a temporary or permanent disability or exceptionality is affecting you, the ASC will ensure that you will not be held back.

Students who feel that they would benefit from the ASC’s services are able to request accommodations. The earlier a request is submitted, the better. Along with the request, supporting documentation must be provided by the applicant.

If academic or non-academic accommodations are approved, a form regarding the details of the specific situation will be shared with each of the student’s professors. This form is kept secure and is completely confidential. After the professor is aware of the student’s requirements, they are encouraged to meet personally and discuss the matter. This way, all necessities and accommodations are understood by both individuals.


Support is Everywhere

Durham College is committed to establishing and following standards to guarantee each student experience includes an excellent learning environment.

Durham College employees are aware of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and are required to complete training regarding this act. This training provides employees with core expectation for interacting with anyone who has a varied ability. Service Animals or Support Persons are welcomed on campus for students who excel with extra assistance. Devices that can be used to enhance learning experiences are also encouraged. Durham College staff and faculty members will demonstrate flexibility to accommodate students who can benefit from a personalized learning environment.


Always Striving to Accommodate

Durham College recognizes each student has a unique needs and is willing to explore and pursue all possible accommodations.

Durham College is always striving to create a more accessible campus. The ultimate goal is to prevent and remove any barriers on campus that may negatively affect a student’s experience because of their requirements. Every year, DC creates a new strategy to help design a more accessible campus. The current and past accessibility plans can be found on the Durham College website.

Each student has the right to access education.

Durham College is committed to making communications available and accessible to all students. You can request converted or alternate compatible resources if what you are given in class is not working for you. In addition, the Durham College/UOIT Library has committed to providing accessible/conversion ready resources by January 2020.

When a student cannot be accommodated, options are explored.



DC Accessibility Tools


Additional Resources

Accessibility Tools