Educational Supports Available at MHDS

Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations provided through Mental Health Disability Services (MHDS) take into consideration the nature and severity of a student’s disability, the core requirements of a course, and academic integrity.  Provision of academic accommodations is based on a student's individual needs.

Accommodations are determined by the student's disability counsellor based on information contained in the MHDS Medical Documentation Form and the counsellor's understanding of how the student's mental health disability can impact academic performance.  When establishing academic accommodations, disability counsellors adhere to York Senate Policy on  Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities and the  Ontario Human Rights Code.

A reduced course load is among the most common academic accommodations recommended to students registered with MHDS.  For OSAP purposes, a student with a permanent disability is full-time with a 40% course load.  In partnership with the Registrar’s Office, MHDS does provide alternate exam and test accommodation services to students registered with our office.  As is true with all academic accommodations, access to this service will be determined by a MHDS disability counsellor.

Students registered with MHDS are expected to play a major role in communicating with faculty and staff regarding their academic accommodations. To support MHDS students in developing self-advocacy skills, we provide workshops on negotiation skills and have peer mentors who can meet with students to discuss strategies around communicating effectively with faculty .  Learn more about MHDS peer mentors from our  Peer Mentor Program page. Disability counsellors can advocate for students around academic accommodations when difficulties arise.

Project Advance

Project ADVANCE is a FREE transition program offered through Disability Services at York University during the summer term.  It is designed to prepare students with documented disabilities for success in their post-secondary studies.   During Project ADVANCE, students will have the opportunity to examine their individual areas of academic strength and weakness as they relate to the challenges of university studies and to develop self-advocacy skills.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about academic strategies, assistive technologies, and the availability of campus supports at York.  Additional information is available at Project ADVANCE - Summer Transition Program.