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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to creating a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities, as well as promoting accessibility and equitable access to services and facilities. This page is your first point of contact for information on the accessibility-related initiatives, supports and resources available at Laurier.

Laurier strives to improve and grow its services to be a more inclusive environment. Visit the Diversity and Equity Office to review information on other diversity and inclusion initiatives at Laurier.

Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you are a perspective or current student and would like to learn more about academic accommodations for students with disabilities, please visit our Accessible Learning Centre.

Providing Feedback on Accessibility at Laurier

As part of Laurier’s ongoing commitment to creating a barrier-free environment, we welcome feedback regarding the way in which the university provides goods and services to persons with disabilities. The suggested steps for providing feedback include:

Employment Equity and AODA Officer
Diversity and Equity Office, Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5

T: 519.884.0710 x4469
F: 519.884.7786

Accessing Alternative Formats

Laurier strives to deliver its services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. As such, Laurier is happy to provide an alternative communications format upon request at no additional charge. Please contact the original publisher of the document (usually a department administrator). Alternatively, you can contact the Diversity and Equity Office directly at or at 519.884.0710 x4469.

Service Disruptions: Buildings and Facilities

Laurier recognizes the importance of building an accessible campus, which includes specific features that are more widely used by persons with disabilities. It also recognizes that when these features are not operational, it can create significant barriers for persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Laurier’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment, Laurier provides notification of such temporary building/facility service disruptions on its Physical Resource website.

If you become aware of any disruptions to an accessible feature at Laurier (for example: an elevator or automatic door is not operational, there is ice on a ramp, a handrail is loose, etc.), please contact Physical Resources immediately at 519.884.0710 x6280.

If you have any questions or concerns about the temporary disruption or accessibility at one of Laurier’s campuses, please contact the Diversity and Equity Office directly at or at 519.884.0710 x4469.

Accessible Campus Maps and Parking

Laurier offers designated accessible parking spots in most of its lots:

  • Map of the Brantford campus, including accessible features and spots.
  • Map of the Waterloo campus, including accessible features and spots.
  • Laurier’s Kitchener location includes accessible spots located in the parking lot behind the building; the adjacent door has an automatic door operator and easy access to the elevator.

Accessibility and Safety at Laurier

Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM) works together with management, employees, students, and the Diversity and Equity Office to provide individualized emergency response plans and accessible formats of emergency and fire safety procedures. Specific building fire evacuation plans will have detailed instructions for persons who are unable to evacuate, which may include persons with disabilities. SHERM also supports the use of strobe lights attached to the fire alarm system. If you require this technology, or if you would like to inquire about the development of an individualized emergency response plan, please contact the Diversity and Equity Office directly at or at 519.884.0710 x4469.

Web Accessibility

On Oct. 27, 2014 Laurier launched a new website that meets the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) WCAG 2.0 Level A guidelines for accessibility. User testing with prospective students was also conducted to ensure the usability of the site.

Accessibility Features

  • All tables on the site use headings that describe the contents of row and columns.
  • Images have a descriptive ‘ALT’ attribute. Decorative images have been tagged properly to avoid them being read by screen readers.
  • Cascading sheets were used to ensure consistent fonts and colours throughout the site. Colour contrast ratios meet accessibility standards. The font sizes are specified using percentages or ‘ems’ rather than points or pixels.
  • Key links in body copy were assigned 'TITLE' attributes when opening a new browser window.

Browser Accessibility

Discover how you can adjust your browser or system to meet your accessibility needs by visiting the accessibility sites for the following programs:

Known Issues

The website looks and works best when viewed in Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 or higher. Users who view the site in other web browsers may experience display issues.

As we work to resolve any issues that do not meet AODA WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines:

  • Content in an alternative format can be made available upon request.
  • Virtual maps are available in text-only versions.

Future Improvements

Content on the legacy site will be made accessible as it is moved off the old system and into new web-based solutions. We are dedicated to making Laurier’s website accessible for all users, and welcome feedback regarding the accessibility of the site. Email to report any difficulties you are having viewing or accessing features of the site.

handbook cover

Laurier, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, produced a handbook as a guide for large public-sector organizations (with 50 employees or more) to help them take the necessary steps to make their websites accessible. Download the Enabling Access Through Web Renewal handbook.


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