Registering with SAS for the First Time

Are you new to Student Accessibility Services at the University of Guelph?

See below for information on how to request support.


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 are attending the University of Guelph 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 students who use our services are comfortable with the term "disability," as it is sometimes viewed as too 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 regard to the funding that makes our programs and services possible. As per the University of Guelph policy, students must have a disability in order to register with Student Accessibility 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

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.

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Exam Centre Deadline

Booking to use the SAS Exam Centre must be done 14 days before the test/exam and no later than November 1st (fall), March 1st (winter) and July 1st (summer). Login to Accessibility Online to book now.