Perth Centre for Accessible Learning

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Welcome to the Centre for Accessible Learning – Ottawa Campus


It is with great excitement that we announce that the Centre for Students with Disabilities was renamed the Centre for Accessible Learning, effective May 2, 2016.

This name change comes after much thought, consideration, and consultation with our stakeholders. While the name “Centre for Students with Disabilities” served Algonquin College well for the past two decades, there has been a province-wide shift in focus from “accommodating disabilities” to “ensuring accessibility.” With a strong emphasis on accessibility of education from the onset, the need to accommodate disability is lessened. We will continue to focus on removing barriers and providing accessible learning, teaching, and testing environments for students. Our work with students, as in the past, will focus on counselling and learning strategies support, assistive technology, and accessible testing accommodation.


Working together for accessible learning.

The Centre for Accessible Learning (formerly Centre for Students with Disabilities) is committed to ensuring our students have equal access at Algonquin College. We hope that you take advantage of our excellent services and supports.

The CAL provides academic accommodations and educational support services for students who have permanent and/or temporary disabilities. With more than ten percent of the student population registering for services, our goal is to provide the necessary accommodations to equalize the opportunity for students to meet their essential course or program requirements. Additionally, interim accommodations may be provided to students who are in the process of being assessed for a disability.

Services are confidential, free and voluntary. Students are, however, required to self-identify in order to access services. We are mandated by the Human Rights Commission’s Guidelines for Accommodating Persons with Disabilities, the Ontario Human Rights Code and Algonquin College Policy AC01.

Learn more about how to register with the CAL.