- be free of discrimination because of disability
- fair and equal treatment
- accommodations which are reasonable, necessary, and appropriate on the basis of the specific disability
- be accommodated with dignity and courtesy in classrooms and other areas on campus
- expect that faculty, staff, and other students will use appropriate language, free of discriminatory or derogatory remarks regarding disabilities
- expect that faculty and staff members will keep confidential any personal information that is shared with them
- an individualized assessment of documentation
- timely delivery of appropriate services, consistent with the notice provided by the student
- prompt equitable investigation and resolution of complaints
- challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate
- make initial contact with SAS well in advance of the time when services and/or accommodations are needed (self-identify)
- provide documentation which appropriately confirms the presence of a disability and the related need to be accommodated
- use borrowed equipment responsibly and respectfully, returning it by pre-determined deadlines
- self-advocate (with appropriate support) for specific individual needs
- participate fully and actively in the accommodations process
- adhere to policies, procedures and deadlines for accessing accommodations, support services and facilities
The University of Windsor created the Student Accessibility Services office to ensure that we fulfill our obligation to provide equal access to higher education for all academically qualified students with disabilities.
Working in partnership with students and faculty, we are committed to the creation of a climate where all students feel welcome and able to contribute to the fabric of the university community.
Advisors in the Student Accessibility Services office can provide one-on-one support, working collaboratively with students to facilitate academic accommodations which may minimize the impact of a disability on learning. SAS Advisors also work with students to develop independence and self-advocacy skills and provide input on how to develop campus-wide networks of support.
If you are unsure about whether or not registration with Student Accessibility Services is necessary, we recommend that you contact our office or schedule an Intake appointment with one of our Advisors.
We also suggest that you review our Services and Supports and Academic Accommodations pages in order to gain a sense of what SAS offers and whether or not any of those services may benefit you in university.
While it is an individual choice to register or not with our office, we strongly advise students to consult an Advisor in our office, in addition to thoroughly reviewing the contents of this website, before arriving at such a decision.
We advise students to do this as early in a given term as possible, so that we can assist you in getting your academic accommodations in place in a timely way.
Should you choose to wait, you may of course register with our office whenever you decide to do so.
Disclosure is a necessary step in being able to provide students with appropriate academic accommodations.
Any information provided to Student Accessibility Services will remain confidential and no one outside of SAS will know the specifics and private nature of your disability.
It starts by contacting us to identify yourself as a student with a disability or completing SAS' Online Intake Form.
Detailed information about how to do this is available on the SAS Intake and Registration web page.
If you require the support of a Service Animal while on campus, please review our policy on the presence of Service Animals on campus.
In order to be prepared for your Intake appointment with an Advisor in SAS we suggest that you review our Documentation of Disability web page where you will find specific information about the types of disabilities for which we provide accommodations and the documentation that we will require.
Advisors in SAS will work with you to review your documentation and help to determine which accommodations may best suit your needs.
Once those accommodations are determined, both classroom and exam accommodation information will be thoroughly reviewed with you.
Detailed information about grants, scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial support can be found on our Financial Assistance web page.
Information about seeking special accommodation in residence can be found on the Residence Services web page: Students Requiring Special Considerations in Residence.
Absolutely. Students with a specific Learning Disability or ADHD should participate in the more comprehensive BUILD Program, which offers a full week of workshops, orientation, and social activities designed to kick start your university career in a fun and informative way.
If you are in an off-campus academic program offered through the University of Windsor and you require academic accommodations as a result of a documented disability, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process of SAS Intake and Registration.