Why Accommodate?

Legal & Policy Background

For Principle Terminology​, click here.​​

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees: 

  • “[Every] individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination …”
  • The Charter is responsible for making Canada more accessible. The Ontario Human Rights Actstrengthened the foundation of the Charter by legislating duty that ensures legal responsibility provincially.

Ontario Human Rights Commission’s ‘Policy and Guidelines on Disabilities and the Duty to Accommodate’ (2001) states:

  • “...education providers have a duty to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, unless to do so would cause undue hardship… Accommodation is a means of preventing and removing barriers that impede students with disabilities from participating fully in the educational environment. ”

Full copies of these polices are available at Ontario Human Rights Commission​ and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


It is expected that any person working with students within Student Accessibility Services will respect the strictest confidentiality in regards to any information obtained from, by, or about the student.

Any information and/or documentation shared by a student with Student Accessibility Services is confidential and can only be made available to other departments, faculty, or staff if the student provides specific written consent.  A student who consents to the release of information must specify who can receive the information and what information can be disclosed.

Please note that the student does not need to notify the professor about specific details pertaining to their disability.