Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is a group of counselors, tutors and health professionals who are trained to help students with disabilities, whether they be physical, mental, or performance-related. While the OSD offers a wide range of accommodations catered to the needs of each student, such as individual test-taking and tutoring, the process of accessing these services can be long and frustrating. It may take weeks of waiting to meet an OSD counselor after booking an appointment, because the office is not yet easily accessible to the entire student body.
New students who need accommodations from the OSD are advised to register as early as possible by booking an appointment by telephone, or in person at the office - located at 3459 Mctavish (accessible through Mctavish street or the Redpath terrace). Registration might require the student to present documentation attesting to their disability, depending on the case.
Once registered with the office, the resources available for students can facilitate personalized development. The OSD offers academic help, scholarship funding opportunities, and workshops on diverse topics from improving writing skills to coping with certain mental illnesses. While most resources can be easily accessed if the student requests their accommodations early, administrative procedures can be challenging to surpass and some professors.