If you have a question that is not answered in the list below, please submit the question to us through our Ask the OSD form and you will receive an answer within 48 hours. If the question is urgent please contact us at 514-398-6009 or disabilities.students [at] mcgill.ca.
Students who have documented disabilities, mental health issues, chronic illnesses, or other impairments can register with the OSD. These can be temporary (i.e. concussion, broken bone), permanent (i.e. hearing loss, dyslexia, diabetes), or episodic (conditions that may have fluctuating symptoms or variations in impairment).
You can schedule an appointment to meet with an Access Services Advisor by calling 514-398-6009 or coming in person to the front desk at the OSD. Your appointment can either be in person or by Skype. Please note that appointments cannot be made over email, to book an appointment you must call the office.
Students can register at any point in the year, but we recommend registering as early as possible. We encourage incoming students to register before their semester begins.
You will meet with an Access Services Advisor to (a) discuss the barriers you experience, (b) review your documentation, (c) draft an individualized accommodation plan, and (d) learn about additional supports across the university.
You should first and foremost be present and ready to discuss the barriers you face academically. Documentation isn’t necessary in order to make an appointment. Students can ask questions or consult with an Access Services Advisor before they make a decision whether or not to register with the OSD. In order to complete your registration, however, you should bring documentation from a relevant and licensed medical professional (doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc…).
You can still make an appointment to meet with an Access Services Advisor without documentation. Although it is needed to register you with the OSD, your Advisor can help guide you toward getting appropriate documentation, or can assess whether renewed or updated documentation is needed.
Accommodations are based on the barriers that you face. Some of the supports OSD provides include exam accommodations, note taking support, learning resources, peer-to-peer supports, assistive technology, and alternate text creation. Your accommodation plan is an individualized plan, so it will depend on your particular experience.
If you face new barriers or your accommodations are not addressing your barriers, please make an appointment to discuss this with an Access Services Advisor. During this discussion your accommodation plan may get modified or new resources may get recommended.
No. While we encourage you to make a yearly appointment to review your accommodation plan and to discuss your barriers, you do not need to re-register with the OSD once you are actively registered. If you have registered with the OSD for a temporary impairment and your barriers persist, please contact us.
No. Your registration with the OSD is entirely confidential. Disclosure to other students, professors, or professionals is entirely up to the individual student.
For all fall and winter semester midterms, quizzes, and in-class tests you need to sign up at least 7 days in advance. For all summer semester final exams, midterms, quizzes, and in-class tests you need to sign up at least 7 days in advance.
For all fall and winter semester final undergraduate exams scheduled in the final exam period you do not need to sign up.
You can sign up to write your midterms, quizzes, in-class tests, and all summer exams using this exam sign-up form.
Yes. You need to download the OSD accommodation form for continuing studies exams and email it to John Veli (john.veli [at] mcgill.ca) 3 weeks prior to the exam date for midterms and quizzes and 4 weeks prior to the exam date for final exams.
The process for writing placement and summer exams remains the same in that we ask you to fill out our exam accommodation form at least 7 days in advance.
For exceptional situations, please email exams.osd [at] mcgill.ca and copy the Access Services Advisor you last met with.
Yes. In order to solicit new note-takers in your courses, you must sign in to EZ Notes at the beginning of every new semester, and “register” for the courses in which you require a note-taker. After the add/drop period is over, note-takers will be hired and your notes will appear in your myCourses.
If when logging into EZ Notes you get a warning about the connection, please click “Advanced” and then “Proceed.”
You can choose not to receive notifications from specific courses by following the instructions under “Excluding courses from notifications” in this article from the McGill IT Knowledge Base.
- Please make sure you have registered for your current semester’s notes on the EZNotes page.
- Please make sure you select “Show ALL courses” on MyCourses to see the note taking page.
- Please note that note-taking only begins after the add/drop deadline every semester.
If you still can’t see any course notes, please email notetaking.osd [at] mcgill.ca and copy the Access Services Advisor you last met with. For any issues with the myCourses platform, please contact the IT Service Desk.
The van is run by Security Services at McGill. Please fill out the adapted transport authorization form and contact the van driver directly at 514-238-0764. The adapted transport van prioritizes students with permanent mobility impairments, so it is helpful to communicate your flexibility in pick-up and drop-off times.
The OSD is has two locations, one is our main office, and the other is our exam centre. The addresses are provided below.
1010 Sherbrooke Ouest,
Redpath Library Building, Suite RS56
3459 McTavish Street
McGill offers certain entrance bursaries for students with disabilities to apply for. By disclosing your disability status on your application for financial aid, you will become eligible for entrance bursaries reserved for incoming students with disabilities. Please see our Scholarship page for more information on external awards and scholarships.
The OSD can not provide any direct support regarding being admitted to McGill, but students can make an appointment with an OSD advisor without having been accepted to the university. You can discuss potential accommodations, barriers, and have your questions answered about how you would be accommodated as a McGill student.