Types of academic accommodations

Academic accommodations are intended to provide students with a disability or ongoing medical condition access to the academic environment. To receive academic accommodations register with Centre for Accessibility. A Diversity Advisor-Disability will determine the accommodations you are eligible for.  

Read more about accommodation for students with disabilities in the Academic Calendar

Alternate format

Alternate format materials provide students with print disabilities access to academic materials. Examples include digital audio, Braille and electronic text.

If you're eligible for this accommodation

Request production of alternate format materials

  1. Contact your instructor for reading lists and course syllabi ahead of time.
  2. Complete an Alternate Format Materials Form for each item you need in alternate format.
  3. Submit your materials to Crane Library including  your completed request, materials, course syllabus and proof of purchase to Crane Library.
  4. Collect materials from Crane Library. E-texts are emailed directly to the address you provided in the SISC. Timelines for production vary.

Dates and deadlines

  • You should register with Centre for Accessibility at least 2 or 3 months before the start of the term.
  • Requests for production should be submitted 4-6 weeks in advance of the term.

Assistive technology

The Centre for Accessibility facilitates access to the following assistive technology:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Jaws
  • Read and Write Guld
  • Zoom Text
  • CCTV Magnifier
  • Inspiration Software

The Centre has a computer lab in Crane Library. Students can use the lab if they need assistive technology or if a disability or ongoing medical condition prevents access to campus computer labs. The lab is open for eligible students between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

If you're eligible for this accommodation

You must first register with the Centre for Accessibility. An Accessibility Advisor – Disability will determine the accommodations you are eligible for.

If you need to use the lab after hours, or training in adaptive technologies, please speak to an Accessibility Advisor – Disability.

Captioning and sign language interpreting

Sign interpreting, oral interpreting, and captioning services are available for eligible deaf and hard of hearing students.

If you are eligible for this accommodation

If you require this accommodation you must register with the Centre for Accessibility as early as possible before the beginning of your program.

You'll be required to submit a Request for Classroom Captioning or Interpreting Form if you are eligible. If you require captioned audio-visual materials (such as videos) please submit the Request for Captioned Materials Form.

Faculty and staff:

Find out how to arrange captioning and interpreting for events.

Note taking

Note takers can help students who are not able to take their own or sufficient notes in class due to a disability or ongoing medical condition. Note taking does not replace your attendance requirements.

If you're eligible for this accommodation

Submit an Online Note taker Request Form at the beginning of each term.

At the Centre for Accessibility, we do our best to fulfill note-taking requests, but we can't guarantee that all requests will be filled.

Dates and deadlines

Note taker requests must be completed by the third week of the term or one week after the add/drop date. Late requests will not be accepted. 

Peer tutoring

Peer tutoring is available for registered students with a disability or ongoing medical condition. Please note that this is a program, and is not an academic accommodation.

About the program

This program matches students with a trained peer tutor for weekly one-to one-tutoring for an approved number of hours. There is no charge for the program.

Tutoring is provided by UBC students and takes place on campus. Tutors are matched with clients who have a similar academic focus so that they can understand the tasks and challenges of their clients.

The tutoring program uses the Strategic Content Learning approach. This approach emphasizes effective learning and study strategies rather than focusing on course content.

Tutoring is expected to take place on campus in a public facility, such as group study areas in libraries, open classrooms, and student lounges.

Areas of focus

  • Memory retention and retrieval
  • Exam preparation and test-taking strategies
  • Study skills
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Time management

To access this service

  1. Register with Centre for Accessibility.

  2. Complete a Strategic Content Request Form and return to your Diversity Advisor – Disability.

Dates and deadlines

The program runs throughout the year. Your application should be submitted at the beginning of Term 1 and renewed prior to each term.

Contact us

Centre for Accessibility

Centre for Accessibility

Student Services


Brock Hall
1874 East Mall
Room 1203
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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