Student Accessibility Services (SAS) McMaster

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) McMaster Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodation and related assistance to students with disabilities at McMaster. We strive for equal opportunity and barrier-free education through our various social and academic supports.

This is the page for McMaster University's Student Accessibility Services. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is committed to the continual improvement of accessibility for students with disabilities. These disabilities may include an acquired brain injury, low-vision or blindness, chronic illness, learning disability, mobility, mental health, ADHD, and others. This Facebook group serves as a direct link to SAS services and events, as well as a place that'll provide interesting information about things related to SAS services. If you have any questions about our services, or just have something to say, feel free to write on our wall or email us at [email protected] Main Office Hours Please check-in for appointments at the Student Wellness Centre (SWC) reception in MUSC B101. September–April Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 8:00pm *4:30 – 8:00pm are by appointment only, please use SWC reception for check-in and seating. Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm Closed for lunch 12:00 noon to 1:00pm May–August Monday to Friday, 9:15am to 4:30pm Closed for lunch 12:00 noon to 1:00pm SAS Testing Centre Hours We have differing hours of operation during different terms. Regular test administration hours Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm Closed for lunch 12:00 noon to 1:00pm This account is managed by the SAS Marketing and Promotions Assistant.

Mission: Student Accessibility Services aims to make a positive difference in the lives, personal growth and academic success of students, regardless of their background, stage of life, or abilities.

03/27/2020
McMaster University Student Navigators

The Student Navigators are offering their services through email and video chats on WebEx. These student peers are available to talk, especially if you are feeling isolated or alone.

Learn more about this program:

Want support finding your way around your program and what McMaster has to offer? Or just a listening ear? You're in the right place! We're recent grads, and after 4-8 years of scrambling ourselves...we are finally getting the hang of it.

03/18/2020
SAS COVID-19 Update - Student Accessibility Services | McMaster University

Our SAS team is here for you, as a support resource, in addition to the provision of academic accommodations. With an altered academic term, you may require a review of your accommodations to ensure that they are appropriate. Your Program Coordinator is available to help.

• Registered students with SAS: If you have specific questions about your academic accommodations, please contact your SAS Program Coordinator directly. We have made arrangements to offer services via email, telephone and video-conference.
• Non-Registered students who are seeking academic accommodation: If you haven’t registered with SAS but need an academic accommodation, please contact the main extension to request an appointment at (905) 525-9140 ext. 28652 or [email protected]. We will work to expedite your request and have made arrangements to offer services via email, telephone and video-conference.

Our SAS team is here for you, as a support resource, in addition to the provision of academic accommodations. With an altered academic term, you may require a review of your accommodations to ensure that they are appropriate. Your Program Coordinator is available to help.

03/17/2020
SAS COVID-19 Update - Student Accessibility Services | McMaster University

Self-care tips:

• Make time to take care of yourself. It is an uncertain time for everyone, including you. Remember to take it day by day and do the best you can to help yourself, and others.
• Regular exercise to manage stress is important. So is getting adequate rest and sleep, and maintaining good nutrition.
• Curb how much news you watch daily and take some time to decompress.
• Check in with a friend, colleague, or family member through phone, text, skype, etc.

Remember, our SAS team is here for you, as a support resource, in addition to the provision of academic accommodations. With an altered academic term, you may require a review of your accommodations to ensure that they are appropriate.

Learn more: https://sas.mcmaster.ca/covid19/

Our SAS team is here for you, as a support resource, in addition to the provision of academic accommodations. With an altered academic term, you may require a review of your accommodations to ensure that they are appropriate. Your Program Coordinator is available to help.

REMINDER! Pulse orientation👀 is happening in two days. This will be a safe space reserved only for SAS students!!!#mcmas...
02/10/2020

REMINDER! Pulse orientation👀 is happening in two days. This will be a safe space reserved only for SAS students!!!

#mcmasterpulse #mcmaster #studentaccessibilityservices #gym

Hello MAC!Would you like to learn more about and tour The Pulse in a safe space reserved only for SAS students? The Puls...
01/31/2020

Hello MAC!

Would you like to learn more about and tour The Pulse in a safe space reserved only for SAS students? The Pulse will be hosting two orientation sessions that will allow SAS students to ask questions, try out a few exercises, and get to know the space!🤗 Please wear something comfortable.

The Stretch🙆‍♀️ and Breathe😤 sessions will take place:
• Wednesday February 12 @ 12:00PM-12:30PM
• Wednesday March 11 @ 12:00PM-12:30PM

Students who come will have the option of attending a follow-up class 10 minutes before the scheduled class start time the week after the orientation, to get settled and ask the instructor any questions:
• Yoga: Monday Feb 17 @ 5:30PM & Mar 16 @ 5:30PM
• Begin to Spin: Tuesday Feb 18 @ 6:00PM & Mar 17 @ 6:00PM

[Image description: The poster reads: "Michael McCreary may only be twenty-two, but he's already well on his way to fulf...
01/15/2020

[Image description: The poster reads: "Michael McCreary may only be twenty-two, but he's already well on his way to fulfilling his lifelong, albeit short, dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. The young comic, a high school grad from Orangeville, Ontario, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of five. See the world through his eyes as he takes you on a comical journey through the lighter side of Asperger's Syndrome.”]

In collaboration with Student Wellness Centre, Student Accessibility Services is hosting a comedy night!

Michael McCreary will be performing in the MSU Grind Café on January 24 2020, and the event runs from 5:15PM-6:30PM.

There are LIMITED spaces and you MUST register for tickets (free) to attend this event.
To register please visit the following EventBrite link (bit.ly/38jNDXl)

Any questions or accommodation requests can be sent to [email protected].

For those registered with SAS, you need to self-register again for the winter term.❄️ You don't need to come in-person f...
01/13/2020

For those registered with SAS, you need to self-register again for the winter term.❄️ You don't need to come in-person for that; self-registration online is sufficient.🖥 👌

Here is the link: https://sascw.mcmaster.ca/clockwork/user/selfregc/default.aspx

#mcmasteruniversity #studentaccessibility #winterterm2020

Our Peer Partnership Program (P3): ☕️ and 💬 event is happening on January 14! Drop-in to learn about the Peer Partnershi...
01/10/2020

Our Peer Partnership Program (P3): ☕️ and 💬 event is happening on January 14! Drop-in to learn about the Peer Partnership Program, meet Peer Partners, and enjoy free snacks! Those who are interested in volunteering as a Peer Partner (all students) as well as those who wish to request a Peer Partner (must be registered with SAS) are welcome to drop-in during the event. Please refer to the below for event details.

Date: January 14 2020
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: LRW 1010

#mcmaster #peerpartner #coffeehouse #universityfriends

Come out to this coffeehouse☕️ to learn about SAS’s Peer Partnership Program!  Please join us on Jan 14 to grab some sna...
01/07/2020

Come out to this coffeehouse☕️ to learn about SAS’s Peer Partnership Program! Please join us on Jan 14 to grab some snacks and learn about this program.

Date: Jan 14th
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: LRW 1010

#mcmaster #peerpartner #coffeehouse #universityfriends

Welcome back MAC! We hope you had a great winter break, and best of luck in your new semester.❄️🎓 As you prepare to come...
01/06/2020

Welcome back MAC! We hope you had a great winter break, and best of luck in your new semester.❄️🎓 As you prepare to come back to school, don’t forget to active your accommodation for the new semester!👌 The SAS office resumes our regular office hours Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30, so give us a visit if you have any questions.

Hey guys, reminder the Summer Jobs Chat is in 1 hour!!! Come to the SAS Office at MUSC B107a for a quick chat.
11/28/2019

Hey guys, reminder the Summer Jobs Chat is in 1 hour!!! Come to the SAS Office at MUSC B107a for a quick chat.

Hey MAC, the Summer Job Chat is in 2 days!!! 🎉🎉🎉Drop by the SAS office this Thursday at 4 30 PM to find out job opportunities in the summer.👔

Hey MAC, the Summer Job Chat is in 2 days!!! 🎉🎉🎉Drop by the SAS office this Thursday at 4 30 PM to find out job opportun...
11/26/2019

Hey MAC, the Summer Job Chat is in 2 days!!! 🎉🎉🎉Drop by the SAS office this Thursday at 4 30 PM to find out job opportunities in the summer.👔

Exam Success: Surviving and Thriving During FinalsIt’s November already, which means final exams are coming soon! To hel...
11/08/2019

Exam Success: Surviving and Thriving During Finals

It’s November already, which means final exams are coming soon! To help you get ready for exams, SAS will be offering a 1-hour workshop focused on strategies for studying, test-taking and managing test anxiety. You are invited to join us – no registration required.

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 10:30 AM
Location: MUSC 301

Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 4:00 PM
Location: MUSC 213

Hey MAC! Looking for a Short Term Project with Flexible Hours?👔💼 Here are some opportunities kindly brought to you by Ca...
11/04/2019

Hey MAC! Looking for a Short Term Project with Flexible Hours?👔💼 Here are some opportunities kindly brought to you by Career Treks from Student Success Center!! 2 positions expire this Wednesday so apply quickly!!

Admin and Marketing Support (Zentrela) (expires Wednesday)
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Communications - sales focus (Jays Care Foundation)
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Communications - video focus (Jays Care Foundation)
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Intern, Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities Program (Jays Care Foundation)
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Rookie League (Jays Care Foundation)
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Technical Support (Zentrela) (expires Wednesday)
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Market Research & Analysis (Ice Now)
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Communication Strategy (Routes Youth Centre)
-bit.ly/2WHMCn0

Email [email protected] with you questions.

11/01/2019

INFO & NETWORK OPPORTUNITY FOR KPMG!

Hey MAC, KPMG’s Management Consulting group would like invite you to an Info Session on its Management Consulting (MC) practice and the case preparation for the upcoming Summer Internship Recruiting Cycle.

The event will consist of a presentation held by MC leaders, a thorough case preparation session to train, guide and provide you with feedback needed to interview successfully with MC and a networking session to meet KPMG's greater team.

Location: Alumni Memorial Hall –Great Hall, 1280 Main St W,
Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2019
Time: Registration from 5:00 – 5:30pm | Event from 5:30 – 8:00pm

Hope you see you there!

FREE HALLOWEEN MOVIES AT WESTDALE THEATER!!SAS warmly welcomes you to join us for a Halloween Movie Night! We will be vi...
10/25/2019

FREE HALLOWEEN MOVIES AT WESTDALE THEATER!!

SAS warmly welcomes you to join us for a Halloween Movie Night! We will be visiting The Westdale Theatre on October 29th to watch the movies below. Feel free to pop by for one of the movies or stay for all three!

This event is open to all students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at McMaster University. Students may bring along a friend, even if they are not registered with SAS.

4:00PM Sometimes Always Never (Rating: PG-13)
Spook Factor: 3/5 (somewhat scary)

6:30PM Ghostbusters (Rating: PG-13)
Spook Factor: 1/5 (not very scary)

9:00PM The Evil Dead (18+)
Spook Factor: 5/5 (very scary)

Please RSVP before 11:59PM on Sunday, October 27th 2019 to ensure we can reserve your ticket. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-at-the-westdale-theatre-tickets-75869578953

We will meet outside of the Westdale Theatre thirty minutes prior to showtimes (3:30PM, 6:00PM, and 8:30PM).

Hey MAC, come out to learn America Sign Language (ASL) and enjoy some free food!The McMaster Hearing Society is hosting ...
10/17/2019

Hey MAC, come out to learn America Sign Language (ASL) and enjoy some free food!

The McMaster Hearing Society is hosting an annual ASL Workshop on Wednesday Oct. 23 -- come learn about deaf culture, accessibility on campus, and some basic signing!

Time: 6PM to 8PM
Location: IAHS Room 146
Speaker 1: Mr. David Wiesblatt, Language Specialist and Deaf Interpreter
Speaker 2: Mr. Tim Nolan, Director of McMaster Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @machearsoc

RSVP for Free Food: https://forms.gle/Y7W8bqUyBh7ac97r6

Hello McMaster! Join us at our second annual ASL Workshop on Wednesday, October 23 in IAHS room 146 from 6:00pm-8:00pm and learn some basic signs! We will be joined by language specialist and deaf interpreter, Dr. David Wiesblatt, and McMaster’s Director of Student Accessibiity Services (SAS), Tim Nolan. They will be speaking to us about ASL and teaching us some sign language, the importance of accessibility in education, and how we can make our school a more inclusive place! RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/Y7W8bqUyBh7ac97r6

Additionally, come and learn about how you can get involved with the MHS and ask us about volunteer opportunities on campus and the broader Hamilton community! We can’t wait to see you all!
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @machearsoc

10/11/2019

Hey MAC, hope you are excited for reading break! Here are some announcements that may interest you!

1. Graduate Student/Supervisor Relationship Questionnaire✍️

The School of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty are gathering feedback from both faculty and graduate students to help identify gaps and opportunities that can further positive graduate student supervision and student success at McMaster University.

All faculty supervisors responsible for graduate students in research-based programs, (i.e., master’s thesis or MRP, PhD), and Graduate Students in these programs are invited to take a few minutes to complete this confidential survey

Access here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=B2M3RCm0rUKMJSjNSW9Hcs-69y_lp95JisGU7i-yG4RUM1JRRVVIVU5IWEg4SUdYTlNOSUZNUE03UC4u

Survey Closes: Oct 25, 2019

2. Becoming Yourself Series 5.0 – Resilience through Reflection (Mondays 12:30-1:20, Wednesdays 12:30-1:20, Thursdays 2:30-3:20 on October 28th - November 28th)😄

Learn about yourself and hear your own voice through mindfulness practice, writing, body awareness, movement, music, and visual creative expression. Series will include weekly 50 minute workshops with interactive group exercises, reflective exercises to practice each day, a meeting with a staff coach, and creative activities designed to support you to:
• Grow your courage to be who you really are
• Learn how to stick to habits that support you in living fully alive
• Be kind to yourself while taking risks

Certificate will be given, register here: www.OpenCircle.mcmaster.ca/bys

3. International Students Sports & Snacks Event🎾

Need a break from studying? Want to relieve some stress?
Join us this Reading Week for drop-in badminton, table tennis and/or spikeball. This is a great way to meet new friends and get involved! All ability levels are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 15 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Sport Hall in David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC)

Snack and equipment provided, register here: https://www.oscarplusmcmaster.ca/publicEventsController.htm

4. Empower U Training👊

Learn to Access Your Disability Rights Training on Canadian Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP)

This training aims to increase awareness of how to address discrimination using more familiar Canadian human rights laws such as Human Rights Codes and the newer international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This is the training for persons with disabilities by persons with disabilities. The training is part of a project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and implemented by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in collaboration with Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. (CMDCI), Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO), Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) and National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS).

Date: Wednesday, 1 November at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: ARCH Disability Law Centre, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor, Room C, Toronto, ON

Register here: https://secure.neads.ca/register/en.php?id=19ON

Join the Disability and Mad Studies Reading Group to learn about disability inclusion and accessibility work! Here are 2...
10/07/2019
Cripping Grad School

Join the Disability and Mad Studies Reading Group to learn about disability inclusion and accessibility work! Here are 2 notable events coming up so mark your calendars!! 📆📆

1. Pop Culture Representations of Disability
Time: Monday Octber 21 from 1:30 to 3: 00 PM
Location: Mills Library Community Room -- L304
Facilitator: Aisha Wilks, MA student in English & Cultural Studies
*** Lunch provided 🍕🍕
RSVP: tinyurl.com/CripGrad

2. Black Madness: Mad Blackness
Time: Tuesday November 19 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Mills Library Community Room -- L304
Facilitator: Aisha Wilks, MA student in English & Cultural Studies
*** Lunch provided 🍕🍕
RSVP: tinyurl.com/CripGrad

Email [email protected] for any questions!

The Disability and Mad Studies Reading Group endeavors to cultivate a social and intellectual disability community on campus for those with disabilities, developing Disability Studies scholarship, and/or interested in learning more. Anyone is welcome to participate, including community members witho...

Are you interested in learning programming and helping youths in your community? If yes, then sign up to be a Outreach F...
10/04/2019
Templates - Career - Student - Student Events

Are you interested in learning programming and helping youths in your community? If yes, then sign up to be a Outreach Facilitator!

Outreach Facilitators offers a unique opportunity to get involved in your community through encouraging underprivileged youth to consider STEM disciplines by providing free workshops/hackathons. This is an initiative by McMaster Student Success Centre to provide students valuable career ready skills! You don't have to be a coding expert; training is provided.

Come out to info session TODAY (Oct. 4) from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in ETB 126.

Learn more: outreach.mcmaster.ca
Register: http://bit.ly/2V9IYSm

Hi Everyone! We are Student Accessibility Services are thinking of taking groups of students out on and around Halloween...
10/02/2019
Halloween Movie Night

Hi Everyone! We are Student Accessibility Services are thinking of taking groups of students out on and around Halloween night to the Westdale Theatre (ticket prices on us!). To gauge interest in what movies you would like to watch we have created a poll. If anyone is interested in attending please indicate what movie or movies you are most interested in watching through the survey monkey below. 😃 Thank you!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCV2STR

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