Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Eligibility for Services

Students are eligible for accessibility services who have verifiable permanent disabilities such as:

  • Chronic health impairment
  • Visual impairment/blind
  • Mobility impairment
  • Mental health disability
  • Neurological impairment
  • Deaf/hearing impaired
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability

Students requiring services and/or additional arrangements are required to provide Accessibility Services with current documentation (within the last five years) of their medical condition and/or disability. Acceptable documentation must be obtained from a certified health-care professional who has specific training, the appropriate professional designation and expertise in the diagnosis of conditions for which the arrangements are being requested. The documentation must address the "functional impact" of the disability. Examples of appropriate health-care professionals include a physician or medical specialist, opthamologist, certified audiologist, psychiatrist, registered clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist (BCASP-registered if in BC), neurologist, neuropsychologist. The psychologist must provide a DSM diagnosis.

Additional arrangements are only provided upon clear diagnosis of a disability and are based on the "functional impact" of the disability. This is determined by a TRU accessibility advisor and, when necessary, in consultation with the TRU manager of Accessibility Services. Contact Accessibility Services for clarification regarding acceptable documentation.

Students with disabilities are required to contact the Accessibility Services Department at least 12 weeks before their intended course start date to determine eligibility and arrange both services and accommodations, which might require considerable lead time.