The University of Guelph recognizes eight areas of disability which are likely to occur among the university population. These include:
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Hearing Disabilities
- Vision Disabilities
- Physical Disabilities
- Medical Disabilities
- Acquired Brain Injuries
- Psychological/Emotional Disabilities
In addition, there are other related disorders that may be considered handicapping to the student, and therefore a disability in need of accommodation.
Accommodations and other support for students with disabilities is a shared responsibility between the student, the CSD and faculty. Students with disabilities who will be requesting academic accommodation and/or support from the CSD are responsible for providing appropriate documentation to support their requests, and meeting with their advisor early each semester to discuss how this may happen. Students are responsible for keeping a copy of their documentation for future reference.
Where the disability is not apparent, verification of the need for accommodations and support may be requested from a medical doctor, psychologist or other appropriate professional depending on the disability. In some cases documentation will need to be renewed annually or updated to reflect current functioning.
Confidentiality and Retention of Documentation
All information shared with the CSD will remain confidential to the staff associated with the CSD and will be stored securely for a period of 10 years after which the documentation will be shredded.