New Student Intake

When you first register with Student Accessibility Services, we will ask you to complete a New Student Intake Form. This helps us to anticipate questions or concerns you might have in your first appointment, and helps us with maintaining accurate records of the assistance we are providing.

Be sure to also consult our documentation guidelines as we require information about the functional limitations you experience based on your disability.

If you will be attending the University for the first time in the Fall semester be sure to check out our START Accessible Summer Events to help you navigate your first year with SAS. 


What is a Disability?

Not all of the students who use our services are comfortable with the term "disability" as it is sometimes seen as unduly focused on personal limitations. We share this concern and prefer to focus on the strengths and abilities of our students.  

The term "disability" is used specifically to identify protection against discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and with regards to the funding that makes our programs and services possible. As per University of Guelph policy, students must have a disability in order to register with Student Accessibilty Services.  Examples may include:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (“ADHD”)
  • Hearing and/or vision impairments
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Dexterity or mobility impairments
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Psychological/emotional disabilities

Note that common ailments such as the flu or a cold are not considered disabilities. Similarly, family responsibilities, religious observances, or other obligations do not fall within this category. If you are experiencing an interruption to your academics as a result of these kinds of experiences, you are encouraged to speak with your instructors and/or your program counsellor.