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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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Accessible instruction

ClassroomReasonable accommodations can usually be made to course requirements without compromising any of the key structural components of a course. In order for such accommodations to be made, there must be a clear understanding of these key components. The accommodations recommended for a student are not meant to alter fundamental course or departmental structure or requirements. See Universal Design for Learning.

There are many things you can do within the classroom or online that will benefit the majority of your students, including students who have disabilities. Begin by asking the following questions regarding program, course, and instruction to determine what accommodations are best for each student:

  • What academic skills must be demonstrated;
  • What specific knowledge, principles or concepts must be mastered;
  • What skills will be needed in the field after graduation;
  • What methods of instruction are non-negotiable? Why;
  • What alternate methods of instruction could be used to present essential program or course components in a variety of ways;
  • In what ways might equipment and other resources be used to enhance the learning opportunity?

Please contact the Teaching and Learning Centre for any questions you might have regarding accessible instruction – teachingandlearning@ontariotechu.ca.