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Assistive Technology and Disability Conference 2015
Disability Services for Students hosted a conference on October 22nd and 23rd on the Saskatoon campus about assistive technology. The conference was attended by teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents, and users of assistive technology.
We encourage you to register with DSS as early as possible if you identify with one or more of the following broad categories:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Brain Injury or Concussion
- Chronic Health Issues(Bowel Diseases Epilepsy, Migraines)
- Deaf / Hard of Hearing
- Learning Disability
- Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders)
- Mobility / Functional Issues
- Low Vision / Legally Blind
- Temporary Issues (Broken limbs)
Types of Disabilities
In order to register with DSS you must have a Medical-based or Learning Disability. By law, DSS defines disability according to Section 2(1)(d.1) of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code:
- Medical-based Disabilities - any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement.
- Learning Disabilities: any intellectual disability or impairment, mental disorders or learning disability or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in the comprehension or use of symbols or spoken language (this does not include struggling with English as a second language).
Steps to Register
Step 1. Obtain the appropriate documentation
- For medical-based disabilities, a licenced health care practitioner must fill out a medical questionnaire (PDF).
- For learning disabilities you will need a psycho-educational assessment that was completed by a registered psychologist within the past five years.
The documentation can be forwarded directly to DSS by the licenced health practitioner or psychologist or you can bring the documentation along to the registration appointment.
Step 2. Book an appointment with DSS
Contact us to book a one-hour appointment. Registration can proceed only if the documentation is on hand at the time of the appointment.
Advocacy and Mediation
Disability Services for Students represents students with disabilities in negotiation with the University, colleges and professors. The office accomplishes this by:
- Ensuring that the campus is accessible for students with disabilities
- Developing a confidential file for a personalized assistance strategy
By acting as mediator between students and the University administration or between students and faculty, the office aims to ensure that students are treated in an equitable manner, and to minimize obstructions to success for students at university.
Examples of mediation services include:
- Course grievances
- Student / administration negotiations
- Student / professor negotiations