Resources

Here you can find more information and links to specific strategies and techniques they can employ to ensure a universally accessible classroom, and provide more in depth information about specific disabilities and accommodation types. Any questions can be directed to Student Accessibility Services at extension 28652.

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  1. Important Instructor Information: The Yellow File
  2. Accommodations for Various Disability Types
    • Blind or Visually Impaired
    • Deaf, Deafened, or Hard of Hearing
    • Physical Disability
    • Learning Disability
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Mental Health
  3. External Resources
  4. University Policies
  5. Legislation and Regulations

Important Instructor Information: The Yellow File

The Yellow File is meant to provide instructors and the teaching team with basic information regarding students with disabilities, SAS and the academic accommodation process.
Download – SAS Yellow File 2019-2020

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Accommodations for Various Disability Types

 Note: This is a basic list and may not apply to all individuals. For more specific information to accommodate specific students, please contact the SAS Program Coordinator listed on the student’s letter of accommodation.

Blind or Visually Impaired

Any person with ten percent or less, or ten degrees of field of vision, is considered to be legally blind.

Deaf, Deafened, or Hard of Hearing

Any person with a moderate to severe hearing impairment. Some people may wear a hearing aid, use an FM hearing system, or sign language support services. Many people rely on lip-reading to gather information. Sign language, captioning, FM use, or lip-reading generally achieves at best approximately 60-70% information accuracy.

Physical Disability

Any type of condition that limits movement, gross or fine motor function (e.g. paraplegia, quadriplegia, CP, MD, MS, amputation, chronic back injury, tendonitis, carpal tunnel).

Learning Disability

Learning disabilities can affect the way in which a person takes in, processes, recalls, understands, and expresses information.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

People who have ADD/ADHD often present with inattentiveness, impulsivity, limited concentration, limited recall, and in some instances hyperactivity. Symptoms are sometimes closely aligned with those of anxiety. See suggested Learning Disability Accommodations above.

Mental Health

Common mental health disabilities accommodated on campus include students with anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, OCD, and eating disorders. People with invisible disabilities of this type are often reluctant to identify for fear of stereotyping.

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External Resources

McMaster University Accessibility Website

More information on McMaster University’s implementation of the AODA.

Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Post-Secondary Education (CADSPPE)

CADSPPE is an association of university and college disability services in Canada promoting accessible and inclusive post-secondary learning environments for students with disabilities.

Inter-University Disability Issues Association of Ontario

The IDIA is an association of university disability services in Ontario. It seeks to support members in providing innovative services for students with disabilities in a manner that respects individual student needs and academic integrity.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

AHEAD is an association of American university and college disability services and service providers.

COU’s Accessibility Resources Website

Resources for every level of the university.

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University Policies

The McMaster Senate Code of Student Rights and Responsibilites

The McMaster Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation

The McMaster Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

The McMaster Senate Policy on Discrimination and Harassment: Prevention and Response

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Legislation and Regulations

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005)

Province of Ontario Integrated Accessibility Regulation

Ontario Human Rights Code (1981)

Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2001)

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