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Who we are and what we do

Our Advising and Access Services Centre is Dalhousie's centre of expertise for student accessibility and accommodation. Our advising team works with students who request accommodation as a result of:

  • a disability,
  • religious obligation, or
  • any barrier related to any other characteristic protected under Human Rights legislation (NS, NB, PEI, NFLD)

We also work with faculty, staff, parents and prospective students, who have questions regarding access and accommodation.

Advisors are Here to Help

Advisors work with students in undergraduate, graduate, professional and diploma programs. We help you to develop strategies for academic success from first-year to graduation - strategies which may include:

  • clarifying your educational and career objectives
  • identifying skill-building opportunities
  • problem-solving if you are struggling in school
  • determining where to go for additional information/support
  • coaching towards self-advocacy
  • identifying accommodations as part of your academic planning

Our services (available to Dalhousie and King's Students)

  • ABLE @ Dal - orientation for new to Dal students (first year and transfer students)
  • Information and education on accessibility and accommodation
  • Determining and facilitating classroom and exam accommodations
  • Determining and facilitating non-academic accommodations
  • Note-taking program
  • Advice on, and access to, technology supports
  • Assistance in accessing financial aid
  • Textbook scanning and/or publisher requests for PDFs
  • Referrals to on and off-campus resources and services

Our work is governed by Dalhousie's Student Accommodation Policy which reads in part:

"This policy forms part of a broader, ongoing commitment to create a fully accessible university community, and acknowledges that, through dialogue, the university can better understand the nature and extent of campus barriers to accessibility. It is the responsibility of every member of the Dalhousie University community to be knowledgeable on institutional policies related to prohibited grounds for discriminatory practices and accessibility."