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Graduate disability and accommodations

McMaster University is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. We strive to ensure every student is afforded an academic environment that is dedicated to the advancement of learning and is based on the principles of equitable access and individual dignity.

We nurture and support a culture of acceptance, inclusion and the celebration of diversity. Creating a learning environment that is accessible to all students is a value embedded within the university’s fabric, as well as our policies, services and practices.

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Accommodations for grad students with disabilities Review excerpts

The Graduate Calendar Section 6.5 includes excerpts from the full Accommodation Policy.

Types of academic accommodations Accommodation types

Some accommodations are similar to those for the undergraduate academic environment, however some accommodations will be unique to academic study at the graduate level.

Teaching assistants and workplace accommodations Visit Human Resources

Workplace accommodations for graduate students who have teaching assistantships and other campus employment are processed through Human Resources.

What is SAS? Go to SAS

SAS stands for Student Accessibility Services, the office that provides academic accommodation assistance and related supports to students with disabilities at McMaster.

To learn more about SAS and the accommodations process, visit the SAS website.

Types of disabilities Learn More

A sample of the types of disabilities most commonly accommodated at McMaster. Any questions related to this list of disability types should be directed to

General accommodation examples Learn More

A basic list of examples for various types of disabilities. This list may not apply to all individuals. For specific information to accommodate students, contact the SAS program coordinator who is listed on the student’s letter of accommodation.

How to access alternate print formats Visit the MacVideo site

A recorded Graduate Student Information Session is available for students who require alternate formats of print materials, including the process to obtain alternate format textbooks and research materials after registering with Student Accessibility Services (SAS).

If you are not registered with SAS but have a print disability, a learning disability, blind or low vision, or a physical disability that prevents you from manipulating a book, this session outlines the process to obtain alternate format materials from the community.

Community and peer support Learn More

Programs, groups and supports available across campus.

Disclosing Your Disability Download PDF

Disclosing your disability to an employer or admissions committee is a personal choice and an important and complex decision. Review this downloadable resource.

Accommodations and Disclosure in the Workplace Go to the video

If you are about to embark on your career journey and are starting the job search, check out this video for helpful information pertaining to accommodations and disclosure in the workplace.