One of the most significant distinctions between high school and university is the transition of responsibility from the parent/high school teacher/counselor to the student in order to initiate the process for academic accommodations.
Students are responsible for:
If needed, requesting test and exam accommodations at least two weeks in advance.
Arranging for disability accommodations and support can be a more time-consuming and involved process than anticipated. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) highly encourages students to contact our office prior to applying and after accepting offers of admission in order to prepare students with the necessary information prior to the beginning of school to offer a successful transition into university life.
SAS staff can provide you with information regarding the programs and services available through our centre and inform you about the documentation requirements in order to begin the registration process with our office.
The U of M's Student Recruitment office also offers one-on-one and group tours for prospective students. Contact Student Recruitment by phone at (204)474-8806 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Of all of the things you, as a new SAS student, can do to make a smooth transition to university, submitting the SAS Medical Documentation Form (PDF) is the MOST IMPORTANT! Please do NOT wait for new documentation to be completed before submitting this form.
Even if you have made prior contact with the SAS office, we will NOT know that you have accepted an offer of admission unless you tell us.
Therefore, you must contact us again to let us know you are coming if you wish to have accommodations in place for your upcoming semester.
Once you receive and accept your offer of admission to the U of M, start to gather all of the required documentation and contact our office as soon as possible. We can begin to determine and set up your accommodations for the academic year.
Complete the SAS Medical Documentation Form (PDF) and then call, e-mail, or drop in to make an appointment with a SAS staff.
Provide official documentation of your disability. Our office can help you request the information from your registered health professional and have it sent directly to SAS.
Your medical documentation must include:
If you or your medical specialist are unsure about the type of information required, please contact our office directly. The form linked here can be used by your physician, specialist, or counselor to give SAS the information needed to assess and provide you with accommodations.
Meet with your Accessibility Advisor. Upon the meeting and receipt of complete documentation we can plan our your needs and accommodations, specifically:
A letter via e-mail will be provided to each of your instructors, detailing your accommodations and identifying your specific needs. You may want to set up a meeting with your instructors - open communications between you and your instructors can be the key to success in your classes.
Contact SAS if the accommodations have not been implemented in a timely and effective manner. SAS staff can advocate on your behalf.