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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Accessible Evaluation

EngineeringEvaluation accommodations are determined on an individual basis. Accommodations do not provide an advantage for the student; rather, they help the student compensate for the effects of his/her disability.

The critical factor in providing reasonable evaluation accommodations is determining the essential evaluation components of a course and the extent to which accommodations are appropriate for a student with a disability. To determine this, the following questions may be asked:

  • What methods of assessing performance are absolutely necessary? Why; and
  • What alternative methods of evaluation could be considered to determine the student’s appropriate level of knowledge or skills?

Student Accessibility Services staff evaluates each student’s needs and make recommendations regarding test/examination accommodations. For example, students may receive extra time if it takes them longer to read, write or process the test material. An oral exam may be given instead of a written exam if the student has difficulty writing or seeing.

Other frequently used examination accommodations include the use of technology or special software; students with visual or physical disabilities or severe learning disabilities may need a reader or scribe to assist them in completing the test questions. It is important to note that the reader or scribe does not assist the student other than by reading the questions aloud or copying down exactly what the student dictates to them.

It is helpful for students with disabilities writing in a different area to have the opportunity to clarify a question or ask questions of either faculty members or teaching assistants while they are writing, if this can be arranged. This is the same opportunity that would be given to any student writing the test.

Principles of universal design for learning recommend that students be given a wide range of evaluation opportunities. For more information, go to Universal Design for Learning.

For more information on accessible evaluation, please contact the Teaching and Learning Centre at teachingandlearning@ontariotechu.ca.