Last update: January 28, 2020

The Centre for Accessibility provides disability-related accommodations for UBC faculty and staff that have a disability or medical condition. Accommodations are based on documented functional implications of a disability in the workplace.

Work-place accommodations might include print materials in alternate formats, such as audio or e-text, sign language interpreting, oral interpreting, or captioning services.

The Equipment Accommodation Fund (managed by the Centre for Accessibility) may be used to cover extraordinary costs associated with specialized adaptive supplies and equipment that: facilitate the recruitment of well-qualified persons with disabilities into faculty and staff positions; and accommodate the disability related needs of current faculty and staff.

For more information, contact the Centre for Accessibility at 604-822-5844 to make an appointment.

Helping you return to work

The Remain at Work/Return to Work Program provides UBC faculty and staff access to information and services for injured and/or ill employees. The goal of the program is to assist with maintaining productive employment while managing a medical impairment/disability.

Referrals to the Remain at Work/Return to Work Program can be made by employees, managers, directors, deans as well as human resources or unions/ professional associations. Contact the Workplace Health Services Office at 604-822-8696 or A Case Coordinator will then get in touch with you to discuss your specific situation and offer advice.

Parking on campus

UBC provides parking provisions for current faculty and staff who have disabilities limiting their mobility. Because the functional impact of a disability varies from person to person, there are different parking provisions.

Priority parking

Assigned spots near a building are provided only when faculty, staff, and students are able to demonstrate an inability to walk or use a wheelchair from a regular parking lot. Wheelchair-accessible parking stalls in parkades and open lots are available if you have a SPARC decal. Parking rates are not adjusted. For information on the SPARC decal, visit the SPARC website or call 604.718.7744.

Disabled stalls at parking meters are available only if you have a SPARC decal. You must still pay the meter, as indicated. Check with UBC Parking & Access Control Services for meter rates.

Priority parking requests
  1. Contact an Accessibility Advisor. Provide them with your medical documentation and discuss your parking request.
  2. Ensure that your medical documentation is completed by a medical doctor on their letterhead and that it describes the functional impact of your disability. It must also address the duration of the disability.
  3. Upon review of the information, the Accessibility Advisor will send a form to UBC Parking & Access Control Services.
  4. Go to UBC Parking & Access Control Services to obtain a permit and/or your assigned parking stall. UBC Parking & Access Control Services requires you to provide your driver's license, proof of car registration, and insurance papers.