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Prospective Students

QSAS extends a warm welcome to all prospective students with disabilities.  We hope you come to Queen’s University and look forward to supporting you in your studies.   

Prospective students with disabilities are those who may be applying, have applied, or have not yet accepted their offer of admission to Queen’s.  They often have questions about supports and accommodations available to them at Queen’s.  The information below answers many of these questions. 

For information not covered below, prospective students are encouraged to contact QSAS at accessibility.services@queensu.ca.

Students with Disabilities at Queen’s

QSAS supports more than 2,000 Queen’s students with disabilities each year.  We work with students with any disability type and we have successfully supported students with access needs ranging from mild to significantly complex. 

Accessibility professionals at QSAS connect directly and personally with each student to understand their needs and develop accommodation plans that are individualized to them.  Academic accommodations are also supported by instructors and staff across the university to ensure dignified access to the learning environment for students with disabilities.

Accommodation Process

Once students accept their Queen’s admission offer and have been issued a Queen’s NetID, they can register with QSAS.  Accommodation and support planning involves reviewing a student’s disability documentation and speaking with them directly to understand how they experience their disability at school.  Using this information, QSAS advisors design an accommodation and support plan that accounts for the standards and requirements students are expected to meet in their course or program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some questions that many prospective students with disabilities have about accommodation and accessibility topics at Queen’s.

Before I accept my Queen’s admission offer, can QSAS review my disability documentation and tell me what accommodations I will get?

QSAS staff can answer general questions about the types of disabilities and access needs we support.  We can also explain our documentation requirements, the accommodation planning process, and the wide range of accommodations available in creating accommodation plans.

QSAS cannot accept or review disability documentation for students not yet admitted to Queen’s or who have not yet accepted their offer of admission.  We also cannot guarantee any particular accommodations to individual students before they have confirmed their enrollment with Queen’s University. Students are encouraged to visit our Disability Documentation Requirements for more information about disability documentation.

I have an IEP at my high school.  Will I get the same accommodations at Queen’s that I received in high school?

QSAS does account for a student’s IEP in the accommodation process.  However, accommodations approved at Queen’s University are informed primarily by the functional limitations a student experiences due to their disability.   This information is obtained from current disability documentation and the student’s description of how they experience their disability at school.  Considering academic requirements and standards, QSAS grants accommodations that are sufficient to remove barriers to a student’s equitable access to the learning environment.

My health care provider has recommended specific accommodations for me in my disability documentation.  Will Queen’s approve the accommodations recommended by my health care provider?

QSAS conducts its own assessment of a student’s access needs due to their disability in a competitive university environment.  This assessment draws on various information, including disability documentation, as provided by a health care provider, the student’s description of how they experience their disability at school, and the academic standards and requirements associated with the student’s course or program.  

Following its assessment, QSAS reserves the right to grant on behalf of Queen’s University the accommodations it believes are needed to achieve a student’s equitable and dignified access to the learning environment.

I have accepted my offer of admission and will be attending Queen’s.  I need accommodations.  What do I do now?

Welcome!  We look forward to working with you as you pursue your studies at Queen’s.

Visit our “How to Register” page.  There you will find information about uploading your disability documentation via our secure portal.  After we receive your documentation, our Intake Coordinator will email you directly through your Queen’s email address about next steps.  

I have access needs related to living in Residence at Queen’s.  Who can I speak with about this?

Visit the Queen’s Residence website for information about accommodations for a disability while living in Residence. 

Where can I learn more about general accessibility at Queen’s?

Visit the Accessibility Hub for helpful information about accessibility for people with disabilities at Queen’s.  

START EARLY:  We strongly encourage all students whose classes start in September to register with QSAS in summer.  Accommodation plans will be confirmed before Fall classes commence for students who submit their documentation and meet with their advisor by the last week of August.