Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services strives to use Universal Design principles as a guiding force for the office.
"Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design."
"Universal Instructional Design (UID) is the process that involves considering the potential needs of all learners when designing and delivering instruction."
Wherever possible, Student Accessibility Services tries to incorporate the seven principles of UID at the University of Manitoba. The seven principles are:
- be accessible and fair,
- be flexible,
- be straightforward and consistent and,
- be explicit,
- be supportive,
- minimize unnecessary physical effort, and
- accommodate students and multiple teaching methods.
As the guiding principles for Student Accessibility Services, Student Accessibility Services strives to assist the University community to consider design of places, spaces, course material and online content at the outset to include and be welcoming to all UM learners, students, academic staff members and staff.
University of Manitoba's Student Accessibility Services Handbook for Faculty and Staff
This handbook is intended as an information and resource guide for academic staff members at the University of Manitoba. It may also be a useful guide for senior and academic administrators and members of staff who wish to learn more about services at the University for students with disabilities.
Besides describing Student Accessibility Services (SAS) procedures and supports for students, the handbook also emphasizes the need for all members of the University community – students, academic staff members, staff and administrators – to be responsible for the accommodation of students with disabilities and to assist in the societal task of eliminating all types of environmental barriers to education for students with disabilities.
"We are not alone in our desire to assist persons with disabilities in their search for independence, self-respect, and hope for a better future."