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Disabilities, and Other Protected Characteristics


Dalhousie is 18,000+ students strong. We regard each student as an individual and recognize that individuals bring difference. Your difference may require an accommodation to reduce or remove barriers to your living and learning well @ Dal.

Should I seek Accommodation for Disability?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines disability as “an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.

Disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.”

What does this mean for you as a student studying at Dalhousie? When the environment is not accessible, the solution may be an accommodation.

Consider meeting with us if you identify as having a disability that is defined by one or more of the following, and, you have experienced or anticipate barriers to your learning connected to:

  • Acquired brain injury (permanent concussion symptoms)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Chronic health (e.g. Crohn’s, diabetes, respiratory or gastro-intestinal disorders)
  • Hearing loss
  • Learning disability
  • Mental health (e.g. Bi-polar disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Vision loss

We can help you to identify supports during your time at Dalhousie or King's that may be beneficial.

Facing a barrier as a result of another protected chracteristic?

After disability, the most common accommodation requests relate to religion, and family status.

Not sure how to proceed? Give us a call.