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SAS Transition Program


MacSTART will offer a series of opportunities any of which you may choose to participate in to best suit your individual needs. The MacSTART 2019/2020 program will include:

  • Summer orientation sessions
  • Workshops

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Student Summer Orientation Sessions

This year the summer orientation sessions focus on new students transitioning to McMaster University.

Important Note: These orientation sessions are structured more for incoming undergraduate degree students. However, incoming students in other programs may also find the content of these sessions to be applicable or relevant to their needs. Therefore, we encourage all students entering McMaster for the first time to participate, and we will tailor information as necessary upon request.

Important Note: If the following calendar is not accessible, please scroll down for session dates, descriptions and registering.

*Please note that if there is a lack of participants, sessions are subject to cancellation. 

SAS 101: Introduction to McMaster and Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

 You will learn about the supports and services offered by Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Separate sessions will run consecutively for students, and parents or guardians.  

  • Wednesday June 26 — 6:00PM-8:00PM 
  • Thursday July 11 — 2:00PM-4:00PM
  • Monday July 15 — 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Wednesday July 24 — 12:30PM-2:30PM
  • Wednesday July 31 — 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Tuesday August 6 — 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Wednesday August 14 — 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Thursday August 15 — 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Monday August 19 — 1:00PM-3:00PM

Register for SAS 101

MiniMac: Notetaking and Sample Lecture

In this session, students will explore effective notetaking techniques, and have an opportunity to try them out through attending a sample lecture. Following the lecture, notes will be reviewed to provide feedback and discover opportunity for improvement.

Paper and pens will be provided. Students are not required to bring along a computer, but can if they prefer.

  • Thursday August 15 — 1:00PM-3:30PM

Register for MiniMac


Connect 2 U

Students will learn about the many ways to get involved on the McMaster Campus. This will include an overview of community resources, supports and services.

Pre-requisites: None.

  • Monday August 19 — 4:00PM-6:00PM (online access will be available)
  • Tuesday September 3 — 5:30PM-7:00PM
  • Thursday September 5 — 1:00PM-3:00PM

Register for Connect 2 U


Advocacy 101: Self-Advocacy Session 

Students will learn about self-advocacy skills in university, including how to discuss your accommodations with your professor, and where to ask for support if challenges arise.

  • Tuesday July 23 — 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Monday August 19 — 10:00AM-12:00PM

Register for Advocacy 101


Information Highway: Tour of Mills Library and Scavenger Hunt

  • Dates TBA


Tools 4 U:  Discovering Your Digital Toolkit

In this workshop, students will learn about the kinds of digital tools and software that are available to help them with notetaking, organization, studying, and writing.

There will also be an opportunity to try out digital tools and software.

  • Wednesday July 31 — 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • Tuesday August 6 — 1:00PM-3:00PM

Register for Tools 4 U


Diving Deeper

When arriving at university, students are faced with the challenge of being thrust into independence within a new environment. To do this successfully, student must be prepared to face new academic, social and daily living challenges. Throughout this workshop we will discuss common issues that arise for students as they transition into and throughout first year of university, and how to prepare yourself for the upcoming change.

Some of the topics we will cover during this workshop are:

– Establishing routine and creating structure

– Maintaining independence

– Goal setting and reflection

– Navigating new social situations

  • Thursday July 11— 5:00PM-6:30PM
  • Wednesday July 31—  4:30PM-6:00PM

Register for Diving Deeper


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Peer Partnership Program

Peer Partnership Program is available for students registered with SAS, where we will connect you with an upper-level student who may assist you with a range of needs:

  • Settling into university life
  • Campus navigation
  • Community resources
  • Networking
  • Self-advocacy
  • + more

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Regular Social Events and Networking

  • Schedule of events coming soon, keep checking the site for 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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For more information on the transition program, contact:

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Online Services Outage July 18th

Online services including: Schedule an in-class test, mid-term or quiz; Book an Appointment; Course Notes etc.; unavailable between 2:15pm and 4pm on Thursday July 18th.

New SAS Site

SAS will be launching a redesigned website by the end of the summer.

Crisis Resources

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