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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Accessibility in laboratories

Science lab studentLaboratory situations can be particularly challenging for a student with a disability. Reaching equipment, reading labels, seeing the instructor or demonstration may be challenging. Some tips for improving accessibility in the lab:

  • Label equipment, instruments and chemicals in large print or Braille for students with visual disabilities;
  • Assign the person with a disability a lab partner or buddy. Arrange for an orientation to the lab layout in advance of the session if warranted;
  • Ensure that your face is visible to the hard-of-hearing or deaf student when you’re giving explanations or demonstrations;
  • Providing accessible lab and computer equipment may require an adjustment of table heights;
  • The student may require specially adapted equipment. Consult Student Accessibility Services regarding such a requirement;
  • Provide lab manuals and other materials in advance in print or alternate format if required; and
  • Accompany demonstrations by detailed descriptions.

As all academic programs have very different requirements and all students have different strengths and challenges, the most important aspect to consider is to always communicate things clearly. Student Accessibility Services staff are available for consultation.