Your First Appointment

Who can register with the OSD?

You can register with the OSD if you are experiencing academic or physical barriers and have a documented disability, mental health condition, chronic illness, or other impairment. It may be temporary (e.g. concussion, broken bone), permanent (e.g. dyslexia, diabetes), or episodic (i.e. conditions that may have fluctuating symptoms or variations in impairment). The OSD can support you in identifying barriers that you are experiencing and can provide support through accommodations and supplemental academic supports if appropriate.

What accommodations and/or supplemental academic supports can I receive?

Accommodations and/or supplemental academic supports are based on the barriers that you experience. Some of the supports the OSD provides include exam accommodations, note-taking support, learning strategies support, peer-to-peer supports, and assistive technology. Your accommodation plan is an individualized plan that is established between you and an Access Services Advisor..

What type of appointment do I need?

I am:

  • Not registered with the OSD and don’t have any medical documentation but am interested in learning about my options and about access to services
    • Book a 15-minute info session, available in person or virtually.
      • During an info session, you can learn more about the OSD, our mandate, what supports are available at McGill, and explore appropriate documentation for registration with our office.
    • Attend an info webinar
  • New to OSD and have the appropriate medical documentation (see "What do I need to bring to the registration appointment?" below)
    • Book a 45-minute registration appointment in person or virtually with an Access Services Advisor
      • You will meet with an Access Services Advisor to (a) discuss the barriers you experience, (b) review your documentation, (c) establish an individualized accommodation plan, and (d) learn about appropriate additional supports across the university.
  • Already registered with the OSD and…
    • I have a quick question. Book a 15-minute drop-in appointment with an Access Services Advisor.
      • You can stop by to get signatures on forms, submit updated documentation, and pick up letters or forms. You can also request clarification about academic accommodations and academic supports, as well as processes, and/or policies, or discuss referrals to see a Learning Strategist.
    • I would like to review my accommodations, discuss a complex situation, or get additional support. Book a 30-minute returning student appointment with an Access Services Advisor.

How do I make an appointment with the OSD?

Check out our Contact Us page for more information on how to book an appointment. 

When should I register with the OSD?

Students with documented disabilities can register at any point in the year, but we recommend registering as early as possible. We encourage students new to McGill to make an appointment before their semester begins.

What do I need to bring to the registration appointment?

To register with the OSD, please bring documentation from a relevant and licensed healthcare professional (doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.). The documentation must meet the following requirements:

  • Be on the official letterhead of the medical professional or clinic
  • Contain a diagnosis
  • Explain how your diagnosis currently impacts your academic experience
  • Contain the signature and license number of the medical professional

We recommend asking your health professional to complete the OSD Referral Form. Please be sure that your diagnosis was issued by a recognized healthcare professional (please see the PL-21 guide* for more information).

*Loi modifiant le Code des professions et d’autres dispositions législatives dans le domaine de la santé mentale et des relations humaines

What if I don't have documentation?

You can book an info session appointment (see "What type of appointment do I need?" above) to meet with an Access Services Advisor without documentation. Although medical documentation with a diagnosis is required to register with the OSD, your Advisor can help guide you toward getting appropriate documentation or can assess whether registration with the OSD is appropriate for you.

The OSD is able to offer a limited number of ADHD and Learning Disability assessments per year at a reduced cost. This assessment process has eligibility criteria that must be met and may have a significant wait time. If this is applicable to your situation and barriers, your Access Services Advisor will discuss this process with you and complete an eligibility screening.

Will the OSD registration appear on my transcript?

Your registration with the OSD is confidential and will not be documented on your transcript or government student file.

For more information, please view our Confidentiality Commitment.

I'm not sure if I have a disability. Can I make an appointment with the OSD?

We are available to meet with you if you feel that you may have a disability. Together we can review the barriers you are experiencing, and if appropriate, suggest supports and resources. Students can book a  15-minute info session with an Access Services Advisor to review their needs. Please check-out our Contact Us page for more information on how to book an appointment.

How do I transfer the accommodations that I received in high school / CEGEP / at another university to McGill?

In order to receive academic accommodations at McGill, you must register with the OSD (see "What do I need to bring to the registration appointment?" above). You may submit a Letter of Accommodation or equivalent documentation from your previous studies along with your medical documentation. Please note, however, that accommodations at McGill University may differ from those you have previously received at another institution

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