The OSD considers its ancillary mandate to create awareness regarding accessibility and to promote a healthy conversations on both McGill campuses concerning issues of inclusivity and Universal Access. In March 2011 McGill's first Disabilities Awareness Week.
The OSD also has duties with regards to representation. At the individual level the office assists any student experiencing barriers in learning, through administrative procedures or processes requiring self-advocacy. This may include as acting as an advocate in a dialogue between a student and a specific faculty or representing graduate students in particular requests with Graduate & Postgraduate Studies (medical leave, late withdrawals, etc.). At an institutional level, the OSD also represents students with Disabilities on the Joint Board Sub-committee on persons with Disabilities and the Joint Board Sub-committee on Equity.
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