[community] Accessibility Accommodations in Engineering

Aziza Virani aziza.virani at utoronto.ca
Wed Oct 30 15:43:23 UTC 2019

Hello Ushnish,

Thank you very much for this information!

Yes, we are working with Accessibility at U of T as well.



From: Ushnish Sengupta <ushnish.sengupta at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 4:28 PM
To: Aziza Virani <aziza.virani at utoronto.ca>
Cc: Inclusive Design Community <community at lists.idrc.ocadu.ca>
Subject: Re: [community] Accessibility Accommodations in Engineering

Hello Aziza

Most large engineering and technology firms will have accesibility requirements built into their internship, summer job, and PEY processes.
So I would encourage the the student to pick the companies of interest first, and then discuss accessibility needs with them.
Small and boutique firms like any other small organizations are a different story.

I am assuming you have checked in with the accessibility services office at U of T.

Some other student centered resources if you have not come across them already:
1) The National Educational Association of Disabled Students https://www.neads.ca/en/
2) And at U of T

On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 12:39 PM Aziza Virani <aziza.virani at utoronto.ca<mailto:aziza.virani at utoronto.ca>> wrote:
Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all well.

I would greatly appreciate any insight you may have around the following:

I assist postsecondary international scholarship students in securing internships and longer-term work opportunities in their areas of study and expertise. We have one Mechanical Engineering student who survived a near-fatal car accident in 2014, and continues to experience cognitive lapses along with physical impairments. A note that the student is mobile, and not in need of assistive devices to move around.

The student is interested in taking on a Professional Experience Year in Engineering, which is a program at the University of Toronto that facilitates a 12 or 16 month work term for undergraduate students with an Engineering firm in Toronto/Canada. The student is dedicated, intelligent and driven. Accommodations in this case might include: breaks in order to stretch and move around, access to a supportive team and manager, and a willingness on the part of a supervisor to allow for flexibility in work/assignment deadlines. There may be other considerations, however, we are not sure exactly how the student will perform in a work context.

I have two main questions:

*        Would any of you have any knowledge of Engineering or technical firms that have accessible workplaces/policies?

*        What should I be considering from an accessibility perspective, as I work to secure a meaningful, productive and safe placement for this student?

Any suggestions you may have would be very valuable. This is very new to me,

Thank you,


Aziza Virani, M.Ed
Experiential Learning Advisor and Manager

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
Centre for International Experience | University of Toronto
New College | 45 Willcocks Street - Room M-145 | Toronto, Ontario | M5S 1C7 Canada
Phone: 416.978.3555 | www.cie.utoronto.ca<http://www.cie.utoronto.ca>

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