A Message to all Students Using Student Accessibility Services at the University of Manitoba (March 31, 2020)

Hello everyone,

We hope to be meeting with you in the office soon! Until then, we are open through online, phone and email support only at this time. Please contact your Accessibility Coordinator directly, or contact the general office at 204-474-7423, For up to date information from the UofM, please check out the following website link.

As a reminder, please book your final exams in the SAS scheduler on JUMP no later than tomorrow, April 1. There will be no in-person exams. We understand that you have many questions about how your exams will be handled. Your instructors will provide you with information about how you will be evaluated in your courses. SAS will contact instructors about your accommodations after April 1 for online exams.

Please know that your accommodation support staff (Transcriptionists, ASL – English Interpreters, Notetakers, Academic Attendants and Assistants) are available during your scheduled class time to ensure content is ready for you. Please contact them directly. If you are not sure how to do this, please contact your Accessibility Coordinator.


If you have booked a mid-term test between March 18 - April 7, the SAS Exam Centre staff has contacted your instructor to find out if the test has been cancelled or transitioned to an online format. We will work with you and your instructor to figure out any online accommodations.

Volunteer notetakers

Volunteer notetaking continues. Student Accessibility Services has reached out to all volunteers to keep uploading notes from online course content. Students can continue to download notes until the end of term.

Assistive Technology and Alternate Formats - Erika Skaftfeld has joined our team to offer assistive technology training and assistance. Please contact us to book an online appointment to learn more or learn a new assistive technology.

Canada Student Grant

Invoices for the winter term will be reviewed and adjusted in the next few weeks. We will email the invoices to all students in late April. Please hold on to your funds at this time, a separate savings account can help with this. We will let you know when we can receive payments.

Summer session

Please check out registration and start date information at the UofM site.

Other resources

The Student Counselling Centre is open for phone appointments. Please call 204-474-8592 for information. Please check out the UofM website for other counselling resources. The link is here:    

The President’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) have created a survey to better understand UM community experiences on education, diversity and inclusion is now available online until April 30. Please see this link if you’d like to lend your voice to this important work.

Outside UM Announcements:
Message from ADAM:

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM) has been providing services and support to Manitobans with anxiety disorders and their families, and education and information to the public about anxiety disorders, for over 30 years. All of our staff and volunteers have personal, lived experience with anxiety, have overcome the disabling effects of anxiety, and are now sharing that information and experience with others. We receive expert, on-going, current input from professionals in the field. ADAM recognizes that there is an increase in anxiety in the general public at this time due to the COVID19 virus, and we are here to help.

We have established an anxiety support line for anyone seeking support during this challenging time. Beginning Monday, March 23, people are invited to call our support line at 204-925-0040. The line will be checked regularly between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. People are asked to leave their name, phone number or email address and an ADAM representative will get in touch with them within a short period of time.

Alternatively, people can also call our general office number at 204-925-0600 and leave a message, or email us at Relevant information can also be found on our website at or our Facebook page.

The support line is not a crisis line. People experiencing a crisis should go to the Crisis Response Centre, the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the Klinic Crisis Line, the Mobile Crisis Team, or Emergency services at 911.

Message from Variety:

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, has scholarship opportunities available for students with permanent disabilities. Please find attached the application form, due by 4 pm on June 30.

Mattison Scholarship deadlines:

Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

The Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities is offering up to four scholarships, valued at $2,000 CAD for a bachelor degree program, tenable for one year. Applications are by nomination only, and only one nominee from each of Universities Canada’s member institutions will be accepted. The candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and have a minimum academic average of 80%. Candidates must be diagnosed with a permanent disability which is documented and is the primary disability for which they are applying.

Applications can be found at: 

Deadline to apply for the UofM’s nomination is April 30. Please send completed applications to

Potential Aquatic Centre feedback:

The UofM is considering an upgraded or new Aquatic Centre. What would you like to see for a new or improved Aquatic Centre? Do you have specific accessibility questions that you would like the planning group to know? Please send your feedback to by April 30.

We hope that you are continuing with your classes, and staying healthy through this challenging time. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. Best wishes to everyone!

Student Accessibility Services (SAS), University of Manitoba: