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.

SAS Summer Movie ClubOur next Summer Movie Club pick is Ocean's Thirteen! On Thursday July 23 at 3PM-4PM, come join us f...
07/16/2020

SAS Summer Movie Club

Our next Summer Movie Club pick is Ocean's Thirteen! On Thursday July 23 at 3PM-4PM, come join us for a discussion about the film. Make sure to have watched the film before our Zoom discussion. To register, please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events or visit the following registration form: bit.ly/2C8UJU5

Student Accessibility Services 101 Summer Sessions!In one week, we will be launching Student Accessibility Services 101 ...
07/15/2020

Student Accessibility Services 101 Summer Sessions!

In one week, we will be launching Student Accessibility Services 101 Summer Sessions to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about our supports and services! Please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/transition for more information.

LS101: Introduction to Learning Strategies On Wednesday July 22 at 2:00PM-3:30PM, virtually meet our Learning Strategist...
07/14/2020

LS101: Introduction to Learning Strategies

On Wednesday July 22 at 2:00PM-3:30PM, virtually meet our Learning Strategist. Our Learning Strategist provides academic help to students with disabilities. During this session, they will be able to give you information and answer all your learning strategies related questions. This session is part of the MacStart Summer Transition Program. All interested individuals are welcome to attend! To register, please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/transition or the link in our bio.

MACSTART MONDAYSDo you want to learn more about topics that will support your transition to McMaster? Do you want to be ...
07/13/2020

MACSTART MONDAYS

Do you want to learn more about topics that will support your transition to McMaster? Do you want to be part of our MacStart Summer Transition Program without committing to attending all of the sessions? Or, do you just need something to make your Mondays a little brighter?

Then MacStart Mondays are for you! Visit sas.mcmaster.ca to register for the session and time you wish to attend.

Our first MacStart Monday session (University Life 101) is taking place TODAY at 5PM. To register, visit: bit.ly/2Onqona

MacStart Presents - AT101: Introduction to Assistive TechnologiesOn July 7 2020 at 1:00PM-2:30PM, virtually meet our Ass...
07/06/2020

MacStart Presents - AT101: Introduction to Assistive Technologies

On July 7 2020 at 1:00PM-2:30PM, virtually meet our Assistive Technologist who will be able to give you information and answer all your assistive technology related questions. This session is part of the MacStart Summer Transition Program. All interested individuals are welcome to attend! To register please visit bit.ly/2C7nMqC.

Today is the first day of our MacStart Summer Transition Program! To learn more, visit: sas.mcmaster.ca/transition
07/06/2020

Today is the first day of our MacStart Summer Transition Program! To learn more, visit: sas.mcmaster.ca/transition

To learn more about our new, virtual MacStart Summer Transition Program please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/transition!
06/26/2020

To learn more about our new, virtual MacStart Summer Transition Program please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/transition!

REGISTER FOR MACSTART TODAY!MacStart is a summer transition program hosted on McMaster’s course management platform Aven...
06/17/2020

REGISTER FOR MACSTART TODAY!

MacStart is a summer transition program hosted on McMaster’s course management platform Avenue to Learn, Microsoft Teams and Zoom, designed to support the academic journey of new students accepted to McMaster University who are registered with SAS or are considering registering with SAS.

For more information and registration details, please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/transition.

SAS SUMMER MOVIE CLUB!Our SAS Summer Movie Club will be launching on Thursday June 25 2020!To get started, help us decid...
06/15/2020

SAS SUMMER MOVIE CLUB!

Our SAS Summer Movie Club will be launching on Thursday June 25 2020!

To get started, help us decide which movie to kick-off our first club meeting with! (Poll is on our Instagram Stories; @sasmacu). The selected movie will be posted on our Instagram on June 18!

Then, watch the movie on your own or with friends, and attend our Movie Club Zoom session (3pm-4pm) to discuss thoughts about the film.

Commitment is flexible! We are meeting every two weeks during the summer starting June 25 and ending August 20, so please feel free to join when you can!

Any questions and accessibility requests can be directed to [email protected].

INTRODUCING SAS MONDAYS!Join us for SAS Mondays (Mon June 15 and Mon June 22; 3:00PM-4:00PM) where you can learn about s...
06/12/2020

INTRODUCING SAS MONDAYS!

Join us for SAS Mondays (Mon June 15 and Mon June 22; 3:00PM-4:00PM) where you can learn about services and supports offered by Student Accessibility Services (SAS). There will also be a Question and Answer period, where you can ask SAS Staff your questions!

If you are interested, please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events to register for the session you want to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Any questions and accessibility requests can be sent to [email protected]

Equity and Inclusion Office, McMaster University
06/11/2020

Equity and Inclusion Office, McMaster University

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE!:

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: ZOOM
Audience: Racialized, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) students, staff and faculty

Racialized, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) students, staff and faculty are invited to a facilitated discussion on the experiences and impacts of Anti-Black Racism on Black McMaster community members in light of current events. This is an opportunity to share and support one another during these uncertain times.

To register please e-mail:
[email protected] or [email protected] using your McMaster e-mail and include “LTAR, [First name, Last name]” in the Subject Line

For more information visit: pacbic.mcmaster.ca/r3

Hosted by Race, Racism and Racialization (R3) PACBIC Working Group and the Equity and Inclusion Office.
This initiative is supported by McMaster University’s President and Vice-Chancellor’s Fund.

Equity and Inclusion Office, McMaster University
06/08/2020

Equity and Inclusion Office, McMaster University

Black Student Virtual Check-In!
*Open only to Black-identified students*

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: ZOOM

Audience: Black students

We are providing an online space to listen, share our thoughts and to be present for one another. Our conversation will explore self-care, advocacy and the impact of our anti-Black experiences.

This session will be facilitated by Tolulope Ojo, Educator and Project Coordinator, Equity and Inclusion Office and Faith Ogunkoya, Team Lead, Student Services.

For more information and to register please e-mail: Tolulope Ojo at [email protected] from your McMaster e-mail address.
Please use the subject heading: ‘Black Student Virtual Check-In’ and include your first and last name.

Hosted by Race, Racism and Racialization (R3) PACBIC Working Group and the Equity and Inclusion Office.

Summer Nights Study Hall!Finding it difficult to study on your own at home?  You are not alone! Join us online for a Vir...
06/01/2020

Summer Nights Study Hall!

Finding it difficult to study on your own at home? You are not alone! Join us online for a Virtual Study Hall every Wednesday night in June from 7:30-10:30 PM. Our first study hall will take place June 3 2020.

Registration required to help us all be accountable.

To register: sas.mcmaster.ca/events (select the link for the date that you want to attend).

Attention all students registered with SAS who are enrolled in Spring/Summer term courses! An important update regarding...
04/28/2020

Attention all students registered with SAS who are enrolled in Spring/Summer term courses!

An important update regarding the Spring/Summer term has been posted to the SAS website: sas.mcmaster.ca/students-spring2020
("Students" > "Important Update: Spring/Summer Term"). Please complete the "Spring/Summer Accommodations Checklist" to ensure accommodations are in place for the Spring/Summer term.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Join us TOMORROW from 2:30PM-3:30PM for a drop-in style session where you can find answers to questions about text-to-sp...
04/21/2020

Join us TOMORROW from 2:30PM-3:30PM for a drop-in style session where you can find answers to questions about text-to-speech, speech recognition, organizing information and notes with MS OneNote, and anything else you’d like to discuss!

No registration required. To access the Zoom session once it starts, visit this link: https://bit.ly/3asJhh9

Remote Study HallTues April 21 & Thurs April 23 2020 9:00AM-11:00AM* & 1:00PM-3:00PM*Join your peers to study remotely a...
04/20/2020

Remote Study Hall
Tues April 21 & Thurs April 23 2020
9:00AM-11:00AM* & 1:00PM-3:00PM*

Join your peers to study remotely and increase your productivity by making yourself accountable for your time.
No registration required.

*There are different Zoom links for each session. For the correct link, visit: sas.mcmaster.ca/events

Join us TOMORROW for a drop-in style session from 2:30PM-3:30PM, to get tips and tricks for studying, writing, and remot...
04/20/2020

Join us TOMORROW for a drop-in style session from 2:30PM-3:30PM, to get tips and tricks for studying, writing, and remote learning from the SAS Learning Strategist.
Bring your questions!

No registration required. Use this Zoom link (https://bit.ly/34Ph3vH) to access the Q&A once it starts.

Writing Session: Tips for Long Answer & Essay QuestionsJoin us TOMORROW from 2:30PM-3:30PM to learn tips for writing lon...
04/14/2020

Writing Session: Tips for Long Answer & Essay Questions

Join us TOMORROW from 2:30PM-3:30PM to learn tips for writing long answer and essay questions!

Registration required. To register: https://bit.ly/34BUXfZ

Join us for a Remote Study Hall Zoom Session TOMORROW or this Thursday! No registration is required, so feel free to dro...
04/13/2020

Join us for a Remote Study Hall Zoom Session TOMORROW or this Thursday! No registration is required, so feel free to drop-in during any of the times listed below.

Tues April 13 & Thurs April 16 2020
9:00AM-11:00AM* & 1:00PM-3:00PM*

*There are different Zoom links for each session. For the correct link, visit: sas.mcmaster.ca/events

Preparing for Open Book Exams Zoom SessionJoin us for a remote learning session, TODAY from 2:30PM-3:30PM! This session ...
04/13/2020

Preparing for Open Book Exams Zoom Session
Join us for a remote learning session, TODAY from 2:30PM-3:30PM! This session will review some methods to improve learning and concentration when working from home.
Registration required.
To Register: bit.ly/3b3x7wl

Wed April 8 2020, 2:30PM-3:30PMRemote Learning: How to Study Zoom SessionJoin us for a remote learning session, TODAY! T...
04/08/2020

Wed April 8 2020, 2:30PM-3:30PM
Remote Learning: How to Study Zoom Session

Join us for a remote learning session, TODAY! This session will review some methods to improve learning and concentration when working from home.

Registration required.
To Register: https://bit.ly/2JNRMIu

04/06/2020

Interested in our services? We have a number of sessions happening this week:

• Organization and Time Management, Zoom Session: Do you want to improve your ability to work from home under time constraints? This discussion will help you get motivated, stay focused, and avoid procrastination. The session will be taking place on Monday, April 6 from 2:30PM-3:30PM: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJEqc-mgpjku7Y7Fb82bP2RX2xzZOnXwCQ

• SAS Virtual Study Hall! Please join your peers to study remotely and increase your productivity by keeping yourself accountable! The study sessions will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 9:00AM-11:00AM and 1:00PM-3:00PM. Please email [email protected] if you would like to participate and a Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be sent to you.

• Remote Learning: How to Study, Zoom Session. This session will review some methods to improve learning and concentration when working from home. It will be taking place on Wednesday, April 8 from 2:30PM-3:30PM. Please email [email protected] if you would like to participate and a Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be sent to you.

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.👔

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