Students who are registered with SAS are assigned to an Advisor who will provide support throughout their time at the University of Guelph. The role of an Advisor is to:
- Work with students and faculty to negotiate appropriate accommodations.
- Refer students to other support services on campus such as Personal Counselling, Program Counselling, the Stress Management Clinic, Student Health Services and Student Financial Services.
- Communication (with the permission of the student) with professors, faculty advisors, program counsellors and other university staff as needed.
- Help students develop appropriate compensatory strategies specific to their abilities.
- Advise students regarding disability-related issues in order to assist them in navigating university procedures.
- Support students in understanding and accepting their disability and to develop self-advocacy skills.
A note about Program Counselling
Program counsellors are available for all undergraduate degree programs. They have particular expertise in degree program requirements and regulations (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science,etc.) as well as the various specializations and their fit within the degree program. Program Counsellors are also familiar with the academic policies and procedures that govern all degree programs.
While Program Counsellors are not part of SAS, they frequently work with SAS Advisors to support the learning needs of students who experience disabilities.