Redeemer University College is committed to helping students with disabilities reach their full academic potential.

From Our Students

“Faculty and staff at Redeemer were always so helpful and approachable. They allowed me become more independent and confident during my four years on campus.”

“As a visually impaired student at Redeemer, working with the disability services has been a great experience! The warm and friendly staff work together to accommodate my needs, while helping me to reach my full academic potential. They have helped make my first two years at university incredibly enjoyable!”

How We Can Help

By offering a variety of services and resources, we are able to support and encourage students so that they may achieve their academic and personal goals.

Documented disabilities may include the following areas:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention-deficit disorders
  • Vision disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Medical disabilities
  • Mental health disabilities
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Temporary disabilities (medical/physical, mental health)

How do I receive academic accommodations at Redeemer?

Step 1: Complete the Self-Identification form to register

New students have access to this form via the admitted student portal.  Current students have access to this form on the Disability Services DASH page.

Step 2: Submit current relevant documentation

Please refer to the Documentation section regarding documentation required.  Please note, if documentation is in process of being obtained then interim accommodations can be discussed.

Step 3: Set up a meeting with Nancy Hartholt to discuss your accommodations

Nancy can be reached by phone at 905-648-2139 ext. 4220 or by email at nhartholt@redeemer.ca.
Her office is Room 100Q (just past the main office and near Redeemer’s front entrance).

Accommodations

Disability Services works with students to provide the accommodations. The purpose of an accommodation is to allow the student with a disability to learn and be evaluated on a level playing field with other students. Accommodations do not fundamentally change the requirements or affect the integrity of the academic standard of the program. Request for specific accommodations need to match the identified need.

If you received accommodations in high school for reasons of a documented disability, please contact Nancy Hartholt, Director of Learning Services.

Types Of Accommodations

The following accommodations will be considered when supported by your recent documentation:

  • Tests and exams: we have the capacity in Learning Services to accommodate students with fewer distractions, use of a computer or laptop with or without the use of assistive technology (Dragon naturally speaking, JAWS, Natural Reader and Kurzweil) or a scribe, alternative lighting, breaks or additional time.
  • Note-taking support – students may receive notes which can be accessed through Discovery. Getting class notes acts as a supplement to taking your own notes and not as a replacement to class attendance.
  • Course materials – in most situations we are able to provide an alternate format for course materials
  • Tutoring – Subject, writing and learning skills tutoring is available for free to all students
  • One on one support with Learning Services staff, if needed

Documentation Required

Documentation must come from a registered health care professional experienced in the field of the student’s disability.  It should confirm a diagnosis of disability and include a description of functional limitations that impact academic performance. You are not required to disclose your diagnosis in order to register for services; however this information can be helpful in completing a thorough assessment for accommodation and support needs.

All documentation must be on the practitioner’s official letterhead, indicating name of practitioner, professional credentials, address, phone number, date and signature.

Qualified practitioners include: Physician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Audiologist, Chiropractor, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Speech-Language Pathologist.

Students with a Learning Disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Please submit a copy of your latest Psycho-educational assessment completed by a registered psychologist. The assessment should have been completed within three years.

If you are in the process of being assessed, interim accommodations can be considered.

Optional – Find out how you can receive funding for accommodations

For further information, please contact the Learning Services Director, Nancy Hartholt at nhartholt@redeemer.ca.