Transition Program

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NOTE: To offer more flexibility, we’ve cancelled our transition day and have instead introduced parent sessions alongside our weekly orientation sessions. All information covered in this day will now be covered in the orientation sessions. Choose one session that works for your schedule.


SAS Transition Program

Our transition program is comprised of three components:

Summer Transition Series: We offer weekly orientation sessions throughout the summer to help prepare you for the year (how to activate accommodations, book tests, our services and supports). During Welcome Week, we partner with MacAdemics to offer several workshops throughout the week to help you prepare for university life.

Ally Program: Our Student Allies are able to help you throughout the year to navigate and transition into university. You’ll be matched with an upper-year student who is there to answer your questions about university, help you with study skills and join you at our regularly scheduled events! If you feel like you would rather have an ally support on an as-needed basis, we offer regular drop-ins to support your transition into university. To request an ally, speak with your SAS Program Coordinator or fill out the Request for Student Ally form.

Events: We offer regular social and academic events throughout the year and partner with various supports and groups on campus to help build your network. Past events include games night, murder mystery dinner and pre-exam wellness. Follow us on Facebook or check out website for event updates.


Summer Transition Series:

Student Summer Orientation Sessions

Not sure how the accommodations process will change for you from high school to university? Looking to learn how to book tests, activate accommodations, view your timetable and access course sites? Interested in learning about all the supports SAS has to offer? This orientation will cover the basics on how to implement your accommodations and transition into university.

We recommend that you register with us first and after your intake appointment, attend one of the following sessions:

    • Thursday July 5 – 1pm-3pm
    • Wednesday July 11 – 10am-12pm
    • Monday July 16 – 2pm-4pm
    • Friday July 27 – 1pm-3pm
    • Tuesday July 31 – 9am-11am
    • Thursday August 9 – 1pm-3pm
    • Tuesday August 14 – 10am-12am

NOTE: We’re in the process of adding some evening sessions for ever greater flexibility.

Click here to register for a session!

Additional workshops will be offered during Welcome Week. Please stay tuned for more details.


Parent/Guardian Orientation Sessions

Are you the parent or guardian of a new student who is registered with SAS? Do you wish you knew more about the accommodations process? Would you like to learn how to support your student with the transition into university? Our parent/guardian sessions are run concurrently with our student orientation sessions.

    • Thursday July 5 – 1pm-3pm
    • Wednesday July 11 – 10am-12pm
    • Monday July 16 – 2pm-4pm
    • Friday July 27 – 1pm-3pm
    • Tuesday July 31 – 9am-11am
    • Thursday August 9 – 1pm-3pm
    • Tuesday August 14 – 10am-12am

NOTE: We’re in the process of adding some evening sessions for ever greater flexibility.

Click here to register for a session!

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Welcome Week Sessions

Stay tuned for details!


Ally Program:

Our Student Allies are able to help you throughout the year to navigate and transition into university. You’ll be matched with an upper-year student who is there to answer your questions about university, help you with study skills and join you at our regularly scheduled events! If you feel like you would rather have an ally support on an as-needed basis, we offer regular drop-ins to support your transition into university. To request an ally, speak with your SAS Program Coordinator or fill out the Request for Student Ally form.

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Events:

We offer regular social and academic events throughout the year and partner with various supports and groups on campus to help build your network. Past events include games night, murder mystery dinner and pre-exam wellness. Follow us on Facebook or check out website for event updates.

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Transition Resources

The following materials are covered during our workshops. Please contact us should you require the resources in an alternative format.

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Volunteer as a Student Ally

Our student allies are instrumental in helping students with disabilities navigate and transition into university. You can help by:

 Providing information:

  • McMaster HSR bus routes
  • Library services (physical and electronic resources, LAS, study spaces, and libraries)
  • Athletic and recreation services at McMaster
  • Online supports (McMaster website, MOSAIC, Avenue2Learn, etc.)
  • Campus services including clubs and committees
  • Local community information (favourite eateries, grocery stores, etc.)

Being an advocate: Discuss accommodations with McMaster instructors and staff.

Teaching skills: Share your tips for studying and time management.

Providing social support: Attend our monthly events with your ally partner! This is a great opportunity to network with others and build positive relationships.

What you’ll gain in return is knowledge about the disability field with training and ongoing professional development related to your role, experience applicable to graduate and professional programs, and personal growth and satisfaction from helping others.

The Process:

  1. Submit application: Ally application. Send completed application or accessible format request to sastransition@mcmaster.ca
  2. Interview: Meet with the Transition Program Coordinator to ensure your goals align with this rewarding program
  3. Orientation & Training: Learn the skills to be a supportive ally. Training is offered in late August
  4. Match with SAS Student: Meet with your match regularly throughout the school year

Questions?

Contact carnelek@mcmaster.ca


Contact

For more information on the transition program, contact: sastransition@mcmaster.ca

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