Vocational Accommodations

Vocational accommodations have legal, ergonomic and technological components. In this three-part course, we’ll start by introducing the concept of Universal Design for products and environments, which has significant implications for people who would otherwise need accommodations. In the second part of the course, you'll learn about all parties' responsibilities regarding human rights complaints, as well as how the duty to accommodate develops.

In the final part of the course, we'll discuss assistive technology and how it relates to job accommodations. You’ll learn about technology such as alternate computer access, cognitive aids, visual aids, and communication aids. You’ll also have a chance to try several assistive devices.

Course seats are reserved for diploma students until approximately one month before the start date. To take this course individually, click on Register or Join Waitlist below.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Carmel Murphy
Gemma Pollock
Laura Track
$530.00 1 Register
Online - Carmel Murphy
Gemma Pollock
Laura Track
$530.00 0 Join Waitlist

Course schedule: Classes run online from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. (Please check your time zone and adjust your schedule if needed.) Attendance is mandatory. 

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Determine what constitutes a disability under human rights law
  • Understand what documentation is required to invoke the duty to accommodate
  • Describe the rules of undue hardship as they apply to employers
  • Explain universal design's history, philosophy and underlying premises
  • Describe the seven principles of universal design
  • Understand the role of universal design in the home and work environment
  • Understand the role of assistive technology in computer use, including keyboard modifications and alternate input methods
  • Describe assistive technology for the workplace, such as adaptations to telephones and other office equipment
  • Explain other workplace considerations that relate to assistive technology, including the importance of good office ergonomics and healthy work habits

How will I learn?

This course consists of lectures, demonstrations and group discussions. Classes are during the day, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Besides attending all 14 hours of classes, you must participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment.

How will I be evaluated?

We evaluate this course through individual and group exercises, and a written assignment for each section of the course.

Textbooks and learning materials

There is no textbook required for this course. You will access your course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation:

This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations: