Registering with SAS

Note: This information is for students new to SAS. Returning students may re-register with SAS for their next session by booking an appointment with their Disability Coordinator.

This page is designed to make registering with SAS as easy as possible.  There are 3 steps laid out below, as well as some important information organized by section headers.

  1. Contact Us  to book an Intake Appointment with an SAS Disability Coordinator.
  2. Fill out our Intake Package.
  3. What to bring to your first appointment:
    • The intake package (filled out).
    • Documentation you may have explaining the nature of your disability, and how that impacts your functioning. Please speak with a Disability Coordinator before seeking updated documentation.

 

When To Book An Appointment

Book an appointment to meet with an SAS Program Coordinator well in advance of classes – June, July, and August are recommended times for a student starting in the fall.
If sign language interpreters, CART (captioning), Braille texts, attendants, or other personalized support are required, incoming students are strongly encouraged to make contact with SAS prior to registration for classes. This is extremely important as it can take time to ensure all arrangements are in place for the beginning of classes in the fall.

 

Prepare for Your First Appointment

  • Fill out our Intake Package.
  • Apply for OSAP and claim permanent disability status: To determine your eligibility for the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD), you must first have applied to OSAP and claimed permanent disability status.
  • Familiarize yourself with Shifting Gears, our transition program.

 

Documentation

  • Bring documentation you may have explaining the nature of your disability, and how that impacts your functioning. Please speak with a Disability Coordinator before seeking updated documentation. See the table below for more detailed documentation information
  • SAS may request that you provide documentation pertaining to the nature of your disability, and how it impacts your functioning in academics.  This is to help determine appropriate accommodations.
  • SAS may from time to time request consent to consult directly with the health professional providing information related to the nature of your disability.
Disability Documentation Validation Practitioner
Learning Disability Full Psycho-educational Assessment Within Last Five Years
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychological Associate
Asperger’s/Autism Full Psycho-educational Assessment Within Last Five Years
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychological Associate
ADD/ADHD
  • Psycho-educational Assessment
  • Medical Report*
Within Last Five Years
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychological Associate
  • Family Physician
Mental Health
Disability
  • SAS In-House Form
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Doctor’s Letter
Within Last Five Years
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Family Physician
Acquired Brain
Injury
Neuro-psychological Assessment Within Last Five Years Neuropsychologist
Blind/Visually
Impaired
  • CNIB Registration Number**
  • Doctor’s Letter
CNIB Registration Date,
or Within Last Five Years
  • CNIB
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Family doctor
Deaf/Hard
of Hearing
Full Audiology Report Within Last Five Years Audiologist
Central Auditory
Processing Disorder
Audiology Report Within Last Five Years Audiologist
Chronic Medical
Condition
  • SAS In-House Form
  • Medical Assessment
  • Doctor’s Letter
Within Last Five Years
  • Family Physician
  • Specialist
Physical Disability
  • SAS In-House Form
  • Medical Assessment
  • Doctor’s Letter
Within Last Five Years
  • Family Physician
  • Specialist

* – Should outline history, areas of weakness, strengths, and difficulties

** – If legally blind

Meeting with a Disability Coordinator

You and your Coordinator will work out an accommodation plan together. Specific supports will be offered and, if required, academic accommodations put in place.

 

Confidentiality

SAS takes confidentiality seriously and complies with relevant information privacy legislation.  Direct contact with parents on accommodation-related matters will take place only with the express consent of the student.  See our Confidentiality Statement found in our Intake Package, for more information.

Crisis Resources

Are you in crisis? You don’t have to deal with it alone—there are people here that can help.


Opportunities and Events

"Silent Treatment is a story of living with mental illness in a world that denies, invalidates, romanticizes and/or misunderstands."

Make sure to check out Silent Treatment, a play by Claudia Spadafora, a fourth year Theatre student at McMaster. The plays runs March 16th - 2:30pm & 7:00pm; March 17th - 12:30pm & 9:00pm at L.R. Wilson Hall. Admission is free! ... See MoreSee Less

Honours Performance Series: Silent Treatment

March 16, 2017, 2:30pm - March 17, 2017, 10:00pm

HONOURS PERFORMANCE SERIES: SILENT TREATMENT
Written and Directed by Claudia Spadafora

"I felt everything, and I was ashamed.
And then I felt nothin...

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Are you prepared for exams? Are you feeling overwhelmed about the amount of studying that you have to do? Do you feel confident enough to ace those multiple choice tests?

Joanne Buckley, the Learning strategist at the Student Accessibility Services is here to help you! We are hosting a Time Management Workshop on March 29th(date subject to change) from 1:30-2:30pm in MUSC 203. During the session, we will be covering material on how to make sense of your notes, how to improve your memory, how to study for better results, and how to overcome academic related barriers.

To RSVP and request for accessibility (e.g. ASL interpreter, braille) email sastransition@mcmaster.ca
Hope to see you there!
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