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Most post-secondary schools have a dedicated accessibility office for students who have medica​l conditions, including chronic pain. This office is designed to help you reach your academic potential. Staff there can suggest accommodations such as adjustments to your coursework, a note-taking program and changes to your exam administration.

These accessibility services are generally well advertised on the university’s website. Even if you feel like you won’t have issues, it’s good to contact accessibility services as early as possible in case you have difficulty later in the term. Though it is very helpful to register with you school’s accessibility office before the semester starts, you can still seek their help at any time in the academic year.

Once you get in touch with accessibility services, you should also consider talking to your professors early in the term about any accommodations you may need. There are a lot of benefits to taking a pro-active approach: it is less stressful to have that conversation before you start having difficulty and have to miss classes.

Although these services might sound like they are for people with learning challenges, they are also for individuals with chronic health conditions that might affect their learning. Don’t be embarrassed about seeking out their help.

Below is a list of links to the accessibility offices of a number of post-secondary schools in Canada. Take a look at the links to get an idea of what services are on offer, but remember to check out the services offered by the specific schools that you are interested in too!

School Link
Assiniboine Community College
Dalhousie University
Lakehead College
McMaster University
Mohawk College
University of Ottawa
University of Alberta
Last updated: May 2nd 2016