Support for students with a disability or ongoing medical condition
Access & Diversity provides support and program initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with a disability or ongoing medical condition.
A variety of support is available for eligible students. This includes academic accommodations such as exam adaptations or the production of alternate-format material. They also provide non-academic services including mobility training and priority placement for on-campus housing.
Priority access to housing
All applications for on-campus residence must be made through UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services.
If, as a student with a disability or chronic medical condition, you feel that you need to live on campus or you have special requirements for student housing, please review the priority housing application to determine if you should apply.
Application Deadline is February 15
(must have ONE of the following)
- You are a newly admitted student who identifies as an Aboriginal person of Canada.
- You are a new student and have a disability or ongoing medical condition that significantly affects your housing needs.
You are required to provide medical documentation indicating the presence of a disability or chronic medical condition, and how that condition necessitates on-campus housing.
In order to be recommended for priority access, you must have disability-related needs that cannot be met in off-campus housing. The presence of a disability is insufficient to qualify for priority placement. Priority access is only considered in exceptional circumstances.
Placements are typically offered in year-round housing.
Course Load Requirements
If, as a student with a disability or chronic medical condition, you are unable to meet Student Housing’s credit load requirement (9 credits/term) for disability-related reasons, you can make a request to your Diversity Advisor – Disability to be considered eligible to remain in student housing with a minimum of 6 credits/term.
Navigating to, from and around campus
UBC Access and Diversity provide a variety of services and accommodations to ensure our campus is as accessible as possible.
Check out navigating to, from and around campus for full details .
The following resources can help you further your understanding of disabiity issues or find community support.
Conducts research on the use of computer, information, and adaptive technologies by Canadian post-secondary students with disabilities.
- Assistive Technology BC (ATBC)
Provides assistive technology consultations and support to students through post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. ATBC adjudicates BC’s Canada Student Grants for technology.
- Canadian Disabilities Study Association
Provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and scholarship regarding disability and annually sponsors workshops as part of the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- National Educational Association of Disabled Students
Is a national organization run by and for post-secondary students with disabilities and provides students with resources related to post-secondary study and career pursuits.
- Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC)
Issues permits for eligibility to park in designated accessible parking spots for persons with a disability.
Discrimination and harassment
UBC is committed to creating and fostering a learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment.
Services are available to assist you if you experience discrimination or harassment, and to take action if necessary. Learn more about how to respond if you experience discrimination or harassment.