Contact us

Our office hours are 9 am to 4 pm,
Monday to Friday

Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)
1250 Maggie Benston Centre
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Phone: 778.782.3112
Secure Fax: 778.782.4384

Visit our Accessibility Information Page to find detailed information about our office and its accessibility considerations.


Temporary injuries

Temporary injuries occur for a relatively short period of time, but have a serious impact on the student’s ability to function in his or her usual manner. These can include recovery from:

  • Surgeries
  • Fractures
  • Broken bone
  • Severe sprains
  • Infections
  • Other non-permanent injuries

If you have a temporary injury, you may seek assistance from the CAL (see Documentation Requirements below) or seek support directly from your instructor. If you are concerned that the support suggested by your instructor will not meet your needs, you are free to review the case with the CAL.  In some cases, the CAL may well have access to adaptive technologies (e.g., single hand keyboards, voice-to-text software) that are not available or familiar to your instructor, and which may effectively limit the extent of impairment associated with your disability.

Documentation Requirements

All students seeking to register with the CAL must submit the Application for Services Form as well as supporting documentation, which must be filled out according to the guidelines below.

Supporting documentation: Verification of Disability Form

Appropriate professional: Physician

Documentation should include:

  1. A clear statement of the diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms
  2. A statement specifying the time period of the temporary injury
  3. Medical information relating to the effect of the injury on the student’s ability to meet the demands of a university environment (including the impact of medication or other treatment on performance)