In accordance with the Human Rights Code, a student with a documented disability may be entitled to reasonable accommodation upon request.

Wordle with many Assistive Technology terms

An assessment, conducted by a certified expert in the specific field, will determine what accommodation is required.

What is it?

An accommodation is an arrangement that is put in place to support a student with a disability. Accommodations are provided to "level the playing field" for the student. Students are expected to achieve the same learning outcomes and standards as everyone else. The accommodation ensures that each student has the chance to demonstrate their real ability.

three individuals watching a sports event, demonstrating that the fence may block the shortest person from watching the game. Giving that person a box to stand on, or removing the fence completely would provide that person fair access to watching the game

How are students approved for accommodation?

  • Call Disability Access Services Office 250-740-6446 six to eight weeks before classes start, to book an appointment
  • Bring current documentation (not older than 5 years)
  • The Disability Access Services Office will work with the students to determine reasonable accommodation, based on their functional limitations
  • Accommodation is based on documented need. Students will only be eligible for accommodation that addresses the challenges caused by their disability.

Who needs to know?

Once your accommodation needs are determined, a confidential letter of notification will be prepared to inform your instructors of your accommodation. The nature of your disability is not disclosed.

  • This letter verifies that you are registered with Disability Access Services and approved to receive academic accommodation.
  • The letter outlines your classroom and exam needs.
  • Your instructors will not receive info about your disability. They simply need to know that you are registered with Disability Access Services and provided documentation of a disability. You do not have to disclose or discuss your diagnosis.
  • The accommodation letter must be reviewed/updated every academic year

Once the letter is prepared you should:

  • Set up a private office hour meeting with each of your instructors
  • Introduce yourself and review your accommodation letter
  • Discuss your accommodation needs
  • Communicate any difficulties you have with learning
  • Come to an agreement about how accommodation will be provided

The success of your semester will be enhanced if you communicate regularly with your instructors and Disability Access Services. They are your partners in education.


Need more information?

Request Information

Want to talk to someone about specific questions?

Contact a Representative

Ready to join us at VIU?

Apply Online