As a parent you may be used to managing your child’s accommodation plan, as was the case in high school and perhaps college. At McGill, all communication from the OSD and to the OSD should be from the student. Parents may, however, have questions. These can be answered by attending one of our Virtual Q&A sessions or by submitting a question to our Ask the OSD system.
Students can register with the OSD as soon as they have accepted their offer of admission to McGill. Students are required to make the initial appointment with the OSD (by either dropping by our front desk or phoning 514-398-6009) but parents are welcome to sit in on the appointment (either here at the OSD or virtually with Skype) if the student is comfortable with this. It should be understood, however, that the information and conversation will be directed toward the student.
Students do not need medical documentation to make an appointment with the OSD, but they will need this documentation to finalize their registration. The documentation should come from a licensed health care professional (family doctor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker etc.) and include a diagnosis as well as an explanation of how your diagnosis impacts your academic performance. In the first meeting with their Access Services Advisor, the student can discuss any concerns around their documentation (is it too old, is it from an appropriate professional, etc.).
The documents and personal information provided by students to our office remain confidential at all times. These can only be released to third parties with express written permission from the student. OSD registration does not appear on transcripts and it is impossible for administrative units on campus, or future employers, to have access to this information unless students disclose it.
It is important that students come to the OSD ready to discuss the barriers that they face in their academic careers. Many students know the specific accommodations that they received in high school and/or college, but not necessarily why they receive these accommodations. Our Access Services Advisors will discuss with the students the disability-related or environmental barriers that they face regarding their learning in class (note-taking, paying attention, participating), out of class (studying, staying organized, managing deadlines), and on exams (staying focused, reading and writing speed, fine motor).