1.4 Communicating About Accommodations: Student Tip Sheet

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Here are some tips to consider before beginning your placement:

Student Tip Sheet Communicating About Accommodation (PDF)

Student Tip Sheet: 1) This is Your time to learn. Placement is an opportunity to experiment with communicating about your accommodation needs in a work/professional environment. Be patient with yourself as you learn new skills. 2) Come forward early. Bringing your needs to another’s attention early will ensure accommodations are put into place for when you need them. 3) You can organize accommodations and not need them or not use them. 4) It is never too late to register for accommodations. But remember that the process takes time. 5) Connect with other disabled students for guidance. People with previous experience navigating the system can be a resource and a support. 6) Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Communicate with your accessibility counselor, instructor, and placement supervisor. 7) Practice request conversations with friends or family. Feel comfortable using accommodation language and advocating for your own needs. and 8) Be patient & know your rights. It may take instructors and placements time to figure out their shared responsibilities in accommodating students.

These tips are based on Luckowski’s (2016) research on experiences of nursing students with disability as well as evidence emerging from phase 1 of the ACTon project. The tips were also reviewed by disabled students at York University for accuracy and feasibility.


Luckowski, A. (2016). The Lived Experience in the Clinical Setting of Nursing Students with Disabilities. Nursing Education Perspectives (Wolters Kluwer Health), 37(5), 256–261. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000063


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