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Accessibility Advisor

University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
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Accessibility Advisor

Date Posted: 04/27/2022
Req ID: 23724
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM: Accessibility Services
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Position Number: 00050492


About us:
The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, U of T Mississauga offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

Your opportunity:
Accessibility Services provides academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities and promotes a fully integrated university experience by ensuring that students have the opportunity to access and participate in all areas of student life. In partnership with a variety of Student Affairs and Academic departments, Accessibility Services provides comprehensive programming throughout each student’s university career to foster greater resiliency and promote the development of knowledge and skills that are transferrable to their future goals.

Using a holistic approach, you will work with an ethno-culturally and academically diverse student population performing an assessment of students’ needs primarily related to physical (visual, hearing, mobility), medical and mental health with co-morbid conditions, ensure that appropriate documentation has been received, review and assess confidential medical/psychological documentation; assess, plan, implement, evaluate and adapt accommodations based on the student’s individual disability-related needs; assist the
students in self-monitoring the effectiveness of accommodations; make referrals to internal and external supports as appropriate. In addition, you will facilitate the student’s knowledge about their disability, addressing the strengths and challenges the disability brings to their academic pursuits and daily life activities; determine if assistive technology would assist the student, referring when required; assess, recommend, and provide appropriate documentation to support the use of funding for disability-relatedexpenses.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Applying the established Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Guidelines on Accessible Education (2004) to determine reasonable accommodations
  • Researching and recommending alternative approaches and possible accommodation solutions as part of the duty to accommodate
  • Advising course instructors and staff on student accommodations issues
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring accommodation plans for students based on their learning profile and documentation (e.g. reviewing and interpreting psycho-educational assessments and medical documentation)
  • Reviewing and approving disability related educational expenses through the OSAP Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
  • Providing case management support to students requiring the coordination of multiple services
  • Determining the reasonability of an accommodation in relation to a student's disability
  • Screening (for mental health) and making referrals to appropriate resources and services

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in occupational therapy, counselling/psychotherapy or social work and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of related case management experience working with adults with acquired brain injury (ABI), sensory, physical and chronic health disabilities and mental health disabilities.
  • Three years of experience dealing with persons in emotional distress or conflict.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing disability related needs.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring accommodation plans for persons with disabilities and possessing a thorough understanding of disability issues.
  • An understanding of disability and social equity issues in the post-secondary environment.
  • Computer fluency (e.g. Microsoft Word; Excel).
  • Excellent reading, oral and written communication skills.
  • Critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion and be able todemonstrate an understanding of the implications of disabilities as they relate to astudent’s success at university and in a broader context.
  • Must understand the strengths and challenges of adults with disabilities and haveknowledge of cultural views of disability.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion, problem solving skills and to work underpressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to respond calmly and efficiently in crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize knowledge and display sound judgment, attention todetail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within an inter-disciplinary teamenvironment.
  • Knowledgeable about general academic structure of a University and the specificrequirements of academic courses and programs.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Post-secondary environment experience is preferred.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Problem solver

Please contact the UTM Human Resources office if you require a copy of the full job description.

Closing Date: 05/16/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 13 -- $75,529 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $96,590. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Student Services

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, person with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encourage to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.


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Opportunities exist for people from a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from recent graduates to experienced senior professionals.

We offer challenging work within an open environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Our focus is on creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains excellent employees through a combination of competitive compensation, favourable working conditions, opportunities for career growth and development and a unique organizational culture.

Employees have access to:

  • Excellent health and dental benefits;
  • On-site support for training and career development;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Childcare subsidy;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • Scholarships and/or tuition waivers for dependants;
  • Generous paid time off;
  • Support on equity and diversity issues;
  • On-site child care;
  • University Pension Plan;
  • Subsidized athletic facility membership;
  • World-renowned libraries;
  • Confidential counselling services;
  • Parking and TTC Metropasses;
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan;
  • Continued health benefits for pensioners.


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