Services for Students with Disabilities

The first year of university is difficult for everyone, but the U of S has many programs in place (such as a notetaking program, an exam accommodation program, and an assistive technology program), as well as awards, grants and loans to help you lower barriers, so that you can focus on meeting your fellow students and completing your coursework.

The Murray Library at the University of Saskatchewan has an Assistive Technology Room, located on the ground floor of the Learning Commons (Room G19).

 

If you've clicked on this page, you probably already self-identify as a student with a disability and are willing to seek out the help the University of Saskatchewan offers.

However, if you've clicked on this link for interest's sake or by accident, you should make yourself aware of what constitutes a disability-like ADD/ADHD, a broken arm, or being diagnosed with cancer.

The Students with Disabilities website states that a disability is "any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement." Contact DSS if you are unsure whether your disability qualifies you for any of the help that is offered.

The DSS (Disability Services for Students) website has useful videos and forms to get your education started, but you first have to register with them to take advantage of these programs.

There is assistance beyond DSS as well: the City of Saskatoon provides transportation options to get you to and from your classes and, depending on what your disability is, there are other services available to you, such as the Canadian Council of the Blind.

Here's what one former student had to say about attending the U of S as a student with a disability:

"I told my family and friends [about my disability]. It's necessary to have a support system inside and outside of school...the idea is that my disability is a hurdle, and there is no reason why I can't clear it…DSS helped me to take advantage of different study habits, reading habits, as well as just generally becoming aware of what works and doesn't work for me…I'm actually more impressed with myself for having graduated with honours knowing that the odds generally weren't in my favour."