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Accessibility Services: Education Within Reach

Equitable access to education for TRU students

What We Do

We provide academic accommodations and services to all eligible TRU students, both on campus and Open Learning. We facilitate equal access to educational opportunities by reducing physical, attitudinal and systemic barriers.

Academic accommodations and services are tailored to a student's needs based on documentation provided by an approved and qualified health care professional, and the extent of the functional impact of the disability.

Examples of services and accommodations:

  • Extra time and/or a distracted-reduced environment for tests and exams
  • Alternative and accessible formats for text material
  • Peer note-taking
  • Sign language interpreting
  • Access to technical aids and adaptive equipment
  • Access to assistive technology and assistive technology specialist
  • Access to a learning specialist
  • Assistance with applying for disability related financial aid
  • Communication with instructors
  • Mobility and physical access assistance
  • Referral to other TRU services and community resources


  • Location: OM 1631
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 250-828-5023
  • Email:


Persons who have disabilities such as:

  • Chronic/systemic health
  • Blind or low vision
  • Mobility/functional disabilities
  • Neurological disabilities
  • Mental health disabilities
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD

Accommodations will be provided based on the functional impacts of the disability as outlined by the appropriate medical professional. This will be determined by an Accessibility Services Advisor and, when necessary, in consultation with the Director, Student Access and Academic Supports. The appropriateness and reasonableness of the recommendations will be reviewed in relation to the university’s academic standards and the essential requirements of the course and/or program.

Student Responsibility

It is a student's responsibility to contact Accessibility Services and meet with an Accessibility Services Advisor in order to access services.


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