Welcome to Student Accessibility Services

Course Related Services

Alternate Formats

Conversion of print materials into alternate formats is required by students whose disabilities affect the processing of print materials, for example, blind or partially sighted students and students with certain learning disabilities.

Learn more about Alternate Formats

Classroom and Lab Assistants

Some students with mobility disabilities or vision loss may use the services of a classroom or a lab assistant, to carry out the task expectations of the course. The assistant will act on the instructions and directions of the student and, in the case of students who are blind or partially sighted, will verbalize or describe the results to the student so that he or she can complete his or her lab report. The assistant does not 'do' the work for the student, but does carry out some of the tasks to facilitate the learning.

Field & Practicum Placement Supports

Students with disabilities may require accommodation support in clinical placements, internships, cooperative placements, teaching practicums, or other experiential learning courses.

Learn more about Field & Practicum Placement Supports

Sign Language Interpreting Services

Interpreters turn English into sign language and vice versa, ensuring the communication circle is complete. The interpreter(s) sit or stand at the front of the classroom so students can view the interpreter, the professor, and other instructional aids/materials at the same time. Teaching staff will receive a package from SAS, before classes begin, letting you know whether a student in your course will be using these services, and information about how to work with these services.

Note-taking Services

Note-taking Services are used by students who are deaf or hard of hearing, students with mobility disabilities (upper body limitations), students with medical conditions that significantly interfere with concentration (either the condition itself, or the effects of the medication which is required to treat the condition), blind or partially sighted students, and others.

Learn more about Note-taking Services

Real-time Transcribing/CART Services

CART stands for communication access realtime translation. CART combines the experience of a court reporter with specialized training, hardware and software to reproduce or translate what is being said aloud onto a laptop computer screen (or overhead screen) which can then be read by onlookers.

Learn more about CART Services

Syllabus Notice

We would like to suggest that you include the following paragraph in your syllabi. It is designed to reinforce students' responsibilities regarding disability-related accommodations and services. The information in the brackets { } needs editing, for example, whether your course has a laboratory component, and whether that lab coordinator needs the forms indicated. Feel free to include additional information specific to your course.

Suggested syllabus paragraph

Please note: Students registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) who will be using accommodations in the classroom {or the lab}, or who will be writing exams through SAS, are required to provide an “Accommodation Letter" to me {and a separate letter to the lab coordinator} as soon as possible and are encouraged to make an appointment with me {and the lab coordinator} to discuss these accommodations and any other related concerns. If you require disability-related educational supports and you have not yet met with the SAS advisor, please contact Student Accessibility Services, FL 2-329, Faith and Life Centre, 780-679-1649, or augsas@ualberta.ca.