START Accessible Virtual*

SAS provides orientation programs to help students transition to life as a university student with a disability. These programs are for students who are new to the University of Guelph and who have a disability.

START Accessible takes place virtually throughout the month of August and is our most comprehensive orientation program. It provides specific sessions on being a student with a disability at the University of Guelph and is designed to introduce participants to SAS and other campus resources.

Dates: Various through August 11th – September 3rd

Schedule: Students can join us for the LIVE online sessions various days and times throughout August. The schedule will be available through the START Accessible Teams Channel and the START Accessible CourseLink site. Students who miss the live interactive session can view the recordings through the CourseLink site after the session.

How to sign up: Students must submit a New Student Intake Form in order to be eligible for START Accessible.

Current University of Guelph students and SAS staff will be on hand to provide guidance throughout the program. Features of this program include:

  • Learn about SAS and campus services, resources and programs
  • Learn how SAS advisors work collaboratively with students and faculty members
  • Learn about and how to access disability related accommodations
  • Have an opportunity to activate your accommodations (such as extra time for tests) by attending your individual registration appointment with your SAS Advisor*
  • Get to know other students through social interactive sessions
  • Participate in sessions on navigating the University
  • Develop skills to help you be successful in first year
  • Learn about adaptive technology
  • Optional tour SAS, Wellness Services and the SAS Exam Centre
  • Connect through the START Accessible Teams Channel

Students who have attended START Accessible had this to say:

"It was great to meet with my advisor and get my accommodations set up before classes started."

"I loved the social get togethers with the student leaders and having upper year student as a resource."

"It was beneficial talking to other students in first year and students in upper years to hear their tips and experience. Also getting an idea of how SAS works and meeting my advisor."

"It was helpful learning about the wide variety of accommodations and supports available to me and knowing that there are people there to support me!"


Exam Centre Deadline

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