Accommodations and How to Receive Them

You may have concerns about changes to accommodations given York’s shift to online teaching and learning due to COVID-19. The below questions and answers are designed to address all your concerns. Please contact your counsellor or our office via email if you have further questions

How will I receive my accommodations now that my courses will be online?

You will still have access to accommodations. Ensure that you connect with your instructor and provide them with your Letter of Accommodation at the start of class. Instructors are generally able to provide additional time to students through Moodle. If there are accommodations that you feel need to be put in place but neither you nor your instructor are sure how this can happen, connect with your Accessibility Counsellor who can support you.

I have a Volunteer Note Sharer/Note Taker. Will these supports continue?

Yes! Our volunteers and note takers have been added to Moodle and are continuing to upload notes as per usual. If the format of your new online course is not video based, speak to your accessibility counsellor to discuss your situation.

The nature of my disability (e.g. head injury/concussion) is such that extended screen time is a challenge. What should I do?

Connect with your Accessibly Counsellor for an appointment. They can discuss strategies to support you.

I use sign language interpreting—how does that work for online courses?

Depending on the set-up of the course, we can put supports in place for you, including continuing with interpreting. Connect with your Accessibility Counsellor to discuss the ways you can be supported.

How does my extra time work for online tests/exams?
You will still receive your additional time. Instructors have been given instructions on how to add additional time for you:
I am concerned that my accommodations will not be implemented in an online format—what do I do?

Connect with your Accessibility Counsellor to discuss the many ways you can be supported

My instructor has told us that the exam is 2 hours but that everyone gets 24 hours to write—how do I get my extra time?

No additional time is required as all students now have 24 hours to write the exam. Your instructor is using Universal Design Principles so that everyone in your class can self- accommodate. You are able to choose whenever you want to start, take the breaks the you need and stretch your writing out as much as possible. If you have further questions, connect with your Accessibility Counsellor

What is the difference between a take-home assignment and an assignment where a student might use flexibility with deadlines and ask for additional time?

In this current situation, a take-home assignment is a timed assignment that is replacing a final exam. Depending on how the assignment has been provided—for example, additional time has been granted for all students (see question 11 above)—you might need to connect with your Accessibility Counsellor to discuss if there is need for further accommodations or not.

I now have a number of assignments due at the same time and/or I have returned home and am working in a different time zone and I am being asked to write an exam in the middle of the night
Connect with your instructor to discuss your particular situation first. If needed, connect with you Accessibility Counsellor for additional information and support.
I have opted for an in-person deferred exam with my instructor. How will that be handled?
Your instructor will be responsible to arrange any deferred exams at this time. Alternate Tests and Exams’ operations remain suspended at this time and will not be resuming until on campus operations return.