Of­fice for Stu­dents with Dis­abil­i­ties (OSD)

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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.

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