Prospective Students

Note: Prospective students coming directly from a secondary school may wish to contact SAS to arrange an appointment to gather information about McMaster University and services for students with disabilities; in some instances consultation may be of assistance in choosing which universities to apply for.


  • If you have accepted an offer of admission to McMaster you should meet with an SAS Program Coordinator as soon as possible in order to review documentation, discuss or determine appropriate accommodations and explore services you may require for degree completion. Please see Registering with SAS for more information on what to do to prepare for your first appointment.
  • If you require any supports to facilitate participation in class (e.g. interpreters, CART (captioning), attendants or other personalized support) you should discuss these needs with your Program Coordinator as early as possible to that the appropriate arrangements can be made in time for the beginning of classes in September.
  • Once accommodations and other service supports are identified, SAS can put accommodations in place and refer you to other services on campus as needed (e.g. Housing, Library, Financial Aid, Parking and Security, etc.)
  • Procedures for accommodation plans in any program or any level of study (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, etc.) can vary. It is important to contact SAS early to explore accommodation needs as they may relate to your program of study.
  • New students may benefit from workshops offered through the SAS Transition Program. Please explore current offerings through the Transition Program for more information.


  • SAS may ask you to provide documentation pertaining to the nature of your disability, and how it impacts your functioning in academics. This is to help you and SAS determine the most appropriate accommodations for you in your program of study. Please speak with your Program Coordinator before seeking any updated documentation.
  • You are responsible for advising SAS of any changes to your disability-related status. SAS may request updated documentation as may be necessary.

Academic Accommodations

  • You should meet with an SAS Program Coordinator early – best to do so before classes begin in the fall – in order to ensure timely implementation of any accommodations, services or supports.
  • You should meet with your Program Coordinator typically once per year following completion of your initial accommodation plan to review and update your file as necessary.
  • You must self-register to activate your accommodations each and every term in which you are registered for courses.
  • You will be responsible for discussing with instructors details related to the implementation of your accommodations.


  • McMaster’s Libraries can provide assistance to students with disabilities. For more information on their services and supports visit the Library Accessibility Services website.

Housing / Residence

  • If you need housing on campus you should contact Housing & Conference Services to learn more about their processes for eligibility to residence.
  • For general information related to housing visit the Housing website.
  • For additional housing information related to disability visit the Residence Accommodation Request webpage.
  • For general information related to off-campus housing visit the Off-Campus Housing website.

Parking and Transit

  • For information related to accessible parking on campus go to the Accessible Parking webpage.
  • The City of Hamilton provides accessible low floor busses and accessible transportation service via DARTS. For information about eligibility for and access to accessible transportation services in the city visit the Hamilton Accessible Transportation Services website.

Financial Aid

  • If you will need access to any federal or provincially funded bursaries to assist with academic and disability-related expenses you will need to be financially eligible to receive OSAP.
  • For general financial aid information visit the Financial Aid website.
  • For more information related to the Bursary for Students With Disabilities (BSWD) visit the BSWD webpage.
  • For other information related to finances visit the Finances section of our Student: How To page.


  • SAS offers a number of supports and activities within our Transition Program. For more information visit the Transition Program page.
  • A number of university departments or Faculties offer first year orientation or transition programs. You are encouraged to check out what may be offered in your Faculty or academic program For more information about opportunities offered through the Student Success Centre (SSC) visit the SSC website.


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