AccessAbility Services is committed to supporting undergraduate and graduate students with experiential learning opportunities including placement and practicums.
Appropriate accommodations for the classroom might not be relevant or appropriate in a practicum or placement. The core/essential requirements of a placement or practicum will differ significantly from what happens in the classroom. Therefore, many accommodations in the classroom would not apply in a placement or practicum setting.
For some students, the demands of a clinical environment reveal unexpected disability-related barriers that might not have required accommodations or consideration in the past. These may include but are not limited to:
- specific tasks
- the complexity and volume of instructions and directions in a new setting
- placement schedules
- supervisory relationships
- the complexity of disability-related absences when working with vulnerable populations (e.g., patients)
Information for students:
Students are encouraged to meet with their Disability Advisor well in advance of any placement or practicum (this includes CO-OP) to discuss accommodations, possible needs and processes. Communication is essential as the accommodations process is a shared responsibility between the student, the academic department and field supervisors and AccessAbility Services.
- Meet placement and practicum core requirements
- Maintain clear communication with supervisor, program and AccessAbility Services
- Maintain professional standards (i.e., punctual for shift, clear communication regarding absences, record keeping, accepting and responding to constructive feedback, etc.)
- Best practices in the accommodation process
- Task analysis
- Deciding appropriate accommodations
- Strategies in clinical settings
- Registering for accommodations
In the News:
Employment Accommodation Resources
Managing your Career: Strategies for Students with Disabilities, Academic Advising & Career Centre
- Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)
- Job Accommodation Network: JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings.