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 serve

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 serve

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Join us tomorrow 5:30 to 6:30pm for our second MacStart session! A lecture by Dr. Joe Kim on the "Science of Learning: A...
07/06/2021

Join us tomorrow 5:30 to 6:30pm for our second MacStart session! A lecture by Dr. Joe Kim on the "Science of Learning: Achieving Academic Success".

For more information and to register, visit: sas.mcmaster.ca/transition.

MacStart starts July 5! Are you an incoming student at Mac who identifies as having a disability? Come to MacStart and l...
06/15/2021

MacStart starts July 5! Are you an incoming student at Mac who identifies as having a disability? Come to MacStart and learn about the supports and tools available to you.

MacStart is a free orientation program to help incoming students with disabilities prepare for their first year at McMaster. Register once for the whole session, and attend the workshops that interest you. Attend 3 workshops and receive a welcome package from SAS!

Each full workshop you attend, you will be entered to win a $100 campus store gift card and other great prizes.

To register visit: https://sas.mcmaster.ca/events/

*Dates Updated!*We are excited to announce that we are hosting a new course all about community and connecting with each...
05/14/2021

*Dates Updated!*
We are excited to announce that we are hosting a new course all about community and connecting with each other! For more information please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events.

Have you used our online portal to activate accommodations? Are you familiar with the self-registration process? If so, ...
05/06/2021

Have you used our online portal to activate accommodations? Are you familiar with the self-registration process? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences!

Join us on May 19 2021 from 11am-12pm to share your feedback via Zoom. All participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card!

To register visit https://bit.ly/33nz2JH.

We have another new course coming in late June! Learn essential life skills all while connecting with peers! For more in...
05/04/2021

We have another new course coming in late June! Learn essential life skills all while connecting with peers! For more information or to register visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events.

Note: No meeting April 2 due to a holiday. Feeling stressed about upcoming exams?  Finishing final assignments weighing ...
04/01/2021

Note: No meeting April 2 due to a holiday.
Feeling stressed about upcoming exams? Finishing final assignments weighing you down? Stress can take a toll on both our mental and physical health. Join us to learn some quick and easy ways to de-stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed or under pressure! No registration required, join using the Zoom link found on out website: sas.mcmaster.ca/events.

Note: No meeting April 2 due to a holiday.
Feeling stressed about upcoming exams? Finishing final assignments weighing you down? Stress can take a toll on both our mental and physical health. Join us to learn some quick and easy ways to de-stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed or under pressure! No registration required, join using the Zoom link found on out website: sas.mcmaster.ca/events.

Feeling stressed about upcoming exams?  Finishing final assignments weighing you down?  Stress can take a toll on both o...
03/30/2021

Feeling stressed about upcoming exams? Finishing final assignments weighing you down? Stress can take a toll on both our mental and physical health. Join us to learn some quick and easy ways to de-stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed or under pressure! No registration required, join using the Zoom link found on out website: sas.mcmaster.ca/events.

Feeling stressed about upcoming exams? Finishing final assignments weighing you down? Stress can take a toll on both our mental and physical health. Join us to learn some quick and easy ways to de-stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed or under pressure! No registration required, join using the Zoom link found on out website: sas.mcmaster.ca/events.

We want to ensure that we 'Hear your Voice' in the planning for programming created for you by you! The new McMaster Pee...
03/25/2021

We want to ensure that we 'Hear your Voice' in the planning for programming created for you by you! The new McMaster Peer to Peer Wellbeing Learning Hub, hosted by SAS, offers free informative and interactive courses created by students for students. We believe that the pursuit of well-being is a journey that can lead us to many meaningful experiences and connections throughout our lives.
Our community values the importance of equity, diverse voices and a safe space to share one's experiences.

Together, we develop courses with individuals who have lived and professional experiences of loneliness, mental health difficulties or building resilience.Your responses will help inform the development of these courses. To share your feedback visit the Google form linked in our bio.

If you are interested in participating in developing courses, we would like to invite you to participate in a one-hour co-design session on April 7, 2021 at 6:00pm with other students from your school. Please email Holly Harris ([email protected]) by April 1 2021 if you would like to participate.

We want to ensure that we 'Hear your Voice' in the planning for programming created for you by you! The new McMaster Peer to Peer Wellbeing Learning Hub, hosted by SAS, offers free informative and interactive courses created by students for students. We believe that the pursuit of well-being is a journey that can lead us to many meaningful experiences and connections throughout our lives.
Our community values the importance of equity, diverse voices and a safe space to share one's experiences.

Together, we develop courses with individuals who have lived and professional experiences of loneliness, mental health difficulties or building resilience.Your responses will help inform the development of these courses. To share your feedback visit the Google form linked in our bio.

If you are interested in participating in developing courses, we would like to invite you to participate in a one-hour co-design session on April 7, 2021 at 6:00pm with other students from your school. Please email Holly Harris ([email protected]) by April 1 2021 if you would like to participate.

Are you a student who has accessed SAS since September of 2020? A team of researchers are interested in understanding yo...
03/24/2021

Are you a student who has accessed SAS since September of 2020? A team of researchers are interested in understanding your experiences with the accommodation intake process and are looking to set up a time to virtually chat for 60 minutes in a small group setting over Microsoft Teams. Please follow the link in our bio for more information!

We value an individualized approach to academic accommodations!
03/03/2021

We value an individualized approach to academic accommodations!

We are dedicated to our vision!
03/03/2021

We are dedicated to our vision!

We are here to support students with disabilities!
02/17/2021

We are here to support students with disabilities!

⭐️GIVEAWAY 1⭐️We are passionate about our mission! To celebrate our mission and our new look, enter our giveaway on Inst...
02/16/2021

⭐️GIVEAWAY 1⭐️
We are passionate about our mission! To celebrate our mission and our new look, enter our giveaway on Instagram for a chance to win a $25 E-GIFTCARD OF YOUR CHOICE*!

To enter:
1. Follow our instagram account @sasmacu
2. Like this post
3. Tag a friend in the comments!

Rules:
- You must be a current McMaster student to win.
- More tags = more entries, but you must tag a different person each time.
- All four giveaways end on February 24 2021 at 12:00PM!
- A new giveaway for a $25 e-giftcard of your choice will be posted every day from Feb 16 to Feb 19. You may enter all of them, so stay tuned!

*We have the right to ask you to choose a different place, if you choose a place we deem inappropriate.

We’re all so excited to introduce our brand new look!Every one of us is complex in our own unique way and we believed it...
02/15/2021

We’re all so excited to introduce our brand new look!

Every one of us is complex in our own unique way and we believed it was important to create a new identity to celebrate that fact. By incorporating various shapes and bold colours in an abstract way, we felt as though this was a great way to represent this idea by visually representing the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes.

As one of the top 100 Universities in the world, McMaster University is continually striving to grow, adapt, and reshape the learning experience for all students. Everyone involved with the Student Accessibility Services department not only embraces this same philosophy, but we also are always aspiring to redefine what that looks like for our community in particular. Our job as a society is to constantly re-examine our lives, social structures, processes, and operations to ensure that society works for everyone.

This identity refresh is just one of the many steps we are taking to examine how we engage and support our community - students, volunteers, employees, and community members.

A special thank you to @thrillhousestudios for helping us turn our vision, goals, and values into an identity that helps represent who we are as a community.

We’re all so excited to introduce our brand new look!

Every one of us is complex in our own unique way and we believed it was important to create a new identity to celebrate that fact. By incorporating various shapes and bold colours in an abstract way, we felt as though this was a great way to represent this idea by visually representing the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes.

As one of the top 100 Universities in the world, McMaster University is continually striving to grow, adapt, and reshape the learning experience for all students. Everyone involved with the Student Accessibility Services department not only embraces this same philosophy, but we also are always aspiring to redefine what that looks like for our community in particular. Our job as a society is to constantly re-examine our lives, social structures, processes, and operations to ensure that society works for everyone.

This identity refresh is just one of the many steps we are taking to examine how we engage and support our community - students, volunteers, employees, and community members.

A special thank you to @thrillhousestudios for helping us turn our vision, goals, and values into an identity that helps represent who we are as a community.

We’re all so excited to introduce our brand new look!Every one of us is complex in our own unique way and we believed it...
02/15/2021

We’re all so excited to introduce our brand new look!

Every one of us is complex in our own unique way and we believed it was important to create a new identity to celebrate that fact. By incorporating various shapes and bold colours in an abstract way, we felt as though this was a great way to represent this idea by visually representing the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes.

As one of the top 100 Universities in the world, McMaster University is continually striving to grow, adapt, and reshape the learning experience for all students. Everyone involved with the Student Accessibility Services department not only embraces this same philosophy, but we also are always aspiring to redefine what that looks like for our community in particular. Our job as a society is to constantly re-examine our lives, social structures, processes, and operations to ensure that society works for everyone.

This identity refresh is just one of the many steps we are taking to examine how we engage and support our community - students, volunteers, employees, and community members.

A special thank you to @thrillhousestudios for helping us turn our vision, goals, and values into an identity that helps represent who we are as a community.

02/15/2021

We’re all so excited to introduce our brand new look!
Every one of us is complex in our own unique way and we believed it was important to create a new identity to celebrate that fact. By incorporating various shapes and bold colours in an abstract way, we felt as though this was a great way to represent this idea by visually representing the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes.
As one of the top 100 Universities in the world, McMaster University is continually striving to grow, adapt, and reshape the learning experience for all students. Everyone involved with the Student Accessibility Services department not only embraces this same philosophy, but we also are always aspiring to redefine what that looks like for our community in particular. Our job as a society is to constantly re-examine our lives, social structures, processes, and operations to ensure that society works for everyone.
This identity refresh is just one of the many steps we are taking to examine how we engage and support our community - students, volunteers, employees, and community members.
A special thank you to @thrillhousestudios for helping us turn our vision, goals, and values into an identity that helps represent who we are as a community.
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Each month, we will be tackling a different Pillar of Health. For January, we are delving into sleep, and how you can ge...
01/19/2021

Each month, we will be tackling a different Pillar of Health. For January, we are delving into sleep, and how you can get a good night’s rest. To join us, please visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events for the Zoom link.

Check out Thrive Week hosted by McMaster Student Wellness Centre Wellness Centre! There are a number of awesome virtual ...
01/18/2021

Check out Thrive Week hosted by McMaster Student Wellness Centre Wellness Centre! There are a number of awesome virtual events to participate in.

Thrive 2021 is here! Thrive is a week of events and programming focused on helping students, faculty, and staff at McMaster explore their path to mental health.

This year, join us for:
- Comedy Afternoon with Adrienne Fish, January 20 at 12PM
- Virtual Farm Tour with Useless Farm, January 21 at 2PM
- Photo Voice Submissions from our community

To learn more, visit http://ow.ly/8R0W50D6wX2

New years are all about fresh starts, and most of us need that in 2021 more than ever! So, this year do yourself a solid...
01/14/2021

New years are all about fresh starts, and most of us need that in 2021 more than ever! So, this year do yourself a solid and focus on the 4 Pillars of Health with SAS: Sleep, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Stress Control.

All are welcome to join us to check-in with our community during our weekly drop-in sessions, and if you want a little extra motivation, join our 4 Pillars Challenge. Any goal-getters who get all 4 Pillars by joining us for at least 1 session per month will receive some sweet swag and all the health benefits!

To access the Zoom link for the sessions, visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events. No registration is required.

Stay tuned for more details on each of the 4 Pillars!

New years are all about fresh starts, and most of us need that in 2021 more than ever! So, this year do yourself a solid and focus on the 4 Pillars of Health with SAS: Sleep, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Stress Control.

All are welcome to join us to check-in with our community during our weekly drop-in sessions, and if you want a little extra motivation, join our 4 Pillars Challenge. Any goal-getters who get all 4 Pillars by joining us for at least 1 session per month will receive some sweet swag and all the health benefits!

To access the Zoom link for the sessions, visit sas.mcmaster.ca/events. No registration is required.

Stay tuned for more details on each of the 4 Pillars!

Join us for our ugly holiday sweater contest and fun trivia!There will be a PRIZE (McMaster Swag) for the winning sweate...
11/26/2020

Join us for our ugly holiday sweater contest and fun trivia!

There will be a PRIZE (McMaster Swag) for the winning sweater. The first 5 people to register will also win a small prize! To register: https://bit.ly/39qk1ei.

If you are shy, add your ugly sweater as your background or profile picture for a chance to win. Please remember tasteful/appropriate ugly sweaters only.

So grab a hot drink, vote for your favourite ugly holiday sweater, and come play a few rounds of trivia with us!

Join us for our ugly holiday sweater contest and fun trivia!

There will be a PRIZE (McMaster Swag) for the winning sweater. The first 5 people to register will also win a small prize! To register: https://bit.ly/39qk1ei.

If you are shy, add your ugly sweater as your background or profile picture for a chance to win. Please remember tasteful/appropriate ugly sweaters only.

So grab a hot drink, vote for your favourite ugly holiday sweater, and come play a few rounds of trivia with us!

You and your pet are invited to our next Peer Partner event where we will bond over mutual love of our furry/feathery/sc...
11/24/2020

You and your pet are invited to our next Peer Partner event where we will bond over mutual love of our furry/feathery/scaly friends, and listen to our guest speaker Heidi Mitchell (SAS Student Support Specialist), speak about “Wellness and Exam De-Stress”! A few SAS staff pets might even make a special appearance :) To register: https://bit.ly/2JcIRne

Note: If you do not have a pet, feel free to change your zoom background to your favourite animal.

This is a supportive space for you to ask your questions, get support, and make new friends. So come join us with your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate! Looking forward to seeing you there!

You and your pet are invited to our next Peer Partner event where we will bond over mutual love of our furry/feathery/scaly friends, and listen to our guest speaker Heidi Mitchell (SAS Student Support Specialist), speak about “Wellness and Exam De-Stress”! A few SAS staff pets might even make a special appearance :) To register: https://bit.ly/2JcIRne

Note: If you do not have a pet, feel free to change your zoom background to your favourite animal.

This is a supportive space for you to ask your questions, get support, and make new friends. So come join us with your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate! Looking forward to seeing you there!

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