History of Accessibility Services

1990
We officially opened our doors in 1990. Here is a brief chronology of how our programs and services have evolved.

1982
Presidential Advisory Committee to Study Disabled Student Issues tables its final report.

1990
The Disabled Student Centre was established with support from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) through the "Special Accessibility Fund". When it first opened, about 900 square feet were allocated for its operations including 2 exam rooms. Total students served: 165.

1992
The unit was renamed and became the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). Total students served: 352.

1994
The University of Guelph's Senate passed a policy outlining the institution's commitment to accommodating students with disabilities.  That same year saw the creation of the REC Club (Recreational Equity on Campus).  Total students served: 497.

1997
The Ontario Government established the Learning Opportunities Task Force to help students with disabilities achieve their potential through a series of eight pilot projects across thirteen post-secondary institutions in the province. The University of Guelph was the site of one of these projects, known as the "Learning Opportunities Program."

1999
Learning Disabilities: Experience to Understanding (PSYC*1300) was created as a credit course that students can count as an elective towards their degree.  The Exam Centre and Note Taking Office were officially established.

2000
Counselling, CSD and Multi-Faith formed a single department called the Counselling and Student Development Centre.  Total students served: 541.

2006
Restructuring resulted in an integrated front desk for Counselling and the Centre for Students with Disabilities.  Total students served: 902.

2011
The Exam Centre moved from the University Centre to the McLaughlin Library. Total students served: 1,402.

2014
The name CSD was changed to Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Total students served: 1,961.

2015
Counselling and SAS joined with Student Health Services, the Wellness Centre and the Health & Performance Centre to form a new department called Student Wellness. Total students served: 2,156.

2016
Orientation programs for new students with disabilities at the end of the summer come together under a single title - Campus Compass. Different streams exist to address different learning styles and the unique needs associated with different types of disabilities.
 
2018-19
Counselling and SAS moved to the J.T. Powell Building following an addition and extensive renovations to the facilities. This brings all of Student Wellness under one roof and provides an opportunity for better integration of services.