International Day of Disabled Persons Event ~ Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization

Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization invites you to celebrate

UN DAY: International Day of Disabled Persons

with us on December 3rd, 2021 at 6pm CST Saskatchewan time. LTD’ will be presenting a free casual script read of Seatbelt by LTD’ artist Natasha Urkow over Zoom. Join us!

Seatbelt is a dramatic cautionary tale written in autobiographical form from the true-life journey of a young woman who sustains a spinal cord injury from a violent car crash.
Entering the world of “other”, it emphasizes the social- and psychological anxieties that the transformation creates for her and her family.

The event will be ASL interpreted thanks to Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

Registration Link:
https://forms.gle/AjQwXhzoyPktUaHQ8
Or email:
shelby.lowe@listentodis.com

*Listen to Dis Community Arts Organization Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that equips and enables people with disabilities to create and participate in art, for the betterment of their health, for recreation, and for the development of themselves as emerging and professional artists.*

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November 19th is the last day to request your December exams

THE AES EXAM REQUEST FORM FOR DECEMBER FINALS IS LIVE!

If you require accommodations for any exams in December 2021, please request those now.

11:59pm on November 19 is the deadline to request accommodations for any exams on December 3 or later. This includes all midterms and finals on or after December 3.

Please submit requests for ALL December exams that you need accommodations for, including remote exams. Please do not arrange accommodations directly with your instructors.

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We know this email is long! This hybrid learning environment is complex. We have more things to tell you – and need more information from you – than usual.

Please skim through the email and read the sections that are relevant to you.

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HOW TO REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS FOR FINAL EXAMS

Log into PAWS –> Go to the AES tab –> Click on the “Exam Service” channel –> Click on the “Final Exam” link –> Fill out the form(s)

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FINAL EXAM ISN’T LISTED

If your final exam does not show up when you use the final exam link, use the non-final exam link instead.

If your final exam does not show up in the “Final Exam” link, it is not in the University’s final exam schedule. This commonly happens with:

  • lab finals
  • any exam outside of the final exam period (such as on the last day of classes)
  • remote classes that are based at the Saskatoon campus but are classified as “off-campus site” courses

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IS YOUR EXAM REMOTE OR IN PERSON? AND OTHER NOTES FOR THE NOTEBOX

Anything that might impact where your exam will be written should be included in the notebox. We especially need to know:

  • Is the exam remote or in person?
  • If your exam is in person, are you allowed to bring your laptop?

Without this information, we might end up booking you into a space that is not suitable.

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CHANGING EXAM TIMES

  • AES only supports date and/or time changes for accommodation-related reasons. We will not support a time/date change for personal reasons such as work or family obligations.
  • If you need to change the date or time of an exam, you must talk to your instructor BEFORE you submit your request. This includes situations where students have accommodations such as “no morning exams.” Keep in mind that your instructor is the one who is managing exam times for remote exams, so it is crucial to have this discussion.

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EVENING EXAMS

  • We start most in-person evening exams early (usually 5pm) so that all students and staff can leave campus at a reasonable hour.
  • We are not involved in setting the times/timers for remote exams. If you have a remote evening exam, it’s crucial to talk to your instructor about your start time.

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SASKATOON-BASED CLASSES ONLY

AES only accommodates or assists with accommodations for classes that are based at the Saskatoon campus.

If the class is not based at the Saskatoon campus, contact the student services staff at the home campus to discuss your accommodation needs.

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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS

If you need to change an exam date or time for religious reasons, visit this link: https://students.usask.ca/academics/exams.php#ReschedulingExams

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CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR EXAM STATUS?

Are you concerned because your exams are sitting there with their status saying they are still in progress? There is really nothing to worry about. But, if you’re curious about how/when we change the status of your requests, check our blog at this URL: https://words.usask.ca/dss/2021/10/28/curious-about-the-status-on-your-exam-request/

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ARE YOU IN VET MED OR DENTISTRY?

The Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry arrange accommodations in-house. If you are in one of these colleges, this email does not apply to you.

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DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

Ask us! Since we’re mostly working remotely, it’s easiest to reach us by emailing this address: aesexams@usask.ca

Curious about the status on your exam request?

As we work on your accommodations, we assign different statuses to your requests:

  • Submitted: Your request has been entered into our system
  • In Progress: We are working on getting everything in place for your exam
  • Scheduled: All arrangements for your exam are finalized
  • Cancelled: You have asked us to cancel your arrangements or the system is showing that you dropped the class

As long as we get your request by our deadlines, your accommodations are guaranteed. Don’t worry if the status sits at “In Progress” for a long time.

We change the status from “In Progress” to “Scheduled” as follows:

  • In-person exams: When we have your room and invigilator booked and have time to enter that information into our system.
    • For non-finals, this usually happens each Th/F for next week’s exams.
    • For finals, this normally happens by the last day of classes. However, our workload is very heavy in this hybrid environment. It may take a bit longer than usual this term. All information and updates will be added at least 2-3 days prior to your exam.
  • Remote exams: When we get the exam instructions from your instructor. We ask for these 10 days prior to your exam and send reminders as needed, right up to the day before the exam. In some cases, we will not get those instructions until the day before; sometimes we never get them at all. We try our best. In any case, your prof has been made aware of your request and should provide the timing accommodations regardless of whether they send us instructions.

QUESTIONS?

Ask us! Since we’re mostly working remotely, it’s easiest to reach us by emailing this address: aesexams@usask.ca

Young Leaders Program for people who are blind or partially sighted starts on October 22

This is a reminder that our Young Leaders Program starts on Friday!

The Young Leaders Program is a career-oriented initiative that provides young people, aged 15-30 who are blind or partially sighted in Canada, with the tools they need to develop skills and pursue rewarding careers.

The Young Leaders Summit is taking place this weekend at the below times.

Friday, October 22, 6-8 pm ET

Saturday, October 23, 1:30-5 pm ET

Sunday, October 24, 12-2 pm ET

Sessions will include:

* Concert & Q&A with The Blind & the Beautiful

* Careers in the Arts Panel

* Keynote address with athlete Lowell Taylor

* Roundtables with the 2021 Co-chairs

* Healthy Living & Meal Planning with Shari Shaw

* and much more!

Every participant will also receive a $20 gift card!

Participants can register at https://fightblindness.ca/youngleaders/

AES Exam Program Deadlines

Our deadlines never change! Please keep them in mind when making your requests for accommodations. Late requests cannot be accepted for any reason.

Fall/Winter

2 weeks before any non-final

March 19 is the last day to request ALL April exams

November 19 is the last day to request ALL December exams

Spring/Summer

1 week before any non-final

2 weeks before any final

  • To calculate the 1 or 2 week deadline, locate the date of the exam on a calendar. Look directly up by 1 or 2 weeks to locate the deadline date. If the exam is on a Tuesday, the deadline will also be on a Tuesday.

 

Request your Q4/T2 final exam accommodations by August 4!

If you have a final exam in your Q4, T2, or T1/2 class, this blog post is for you!

The University’s final exam schedule for the last final exam session of the summer has been fed into the AES system. This means that you can request accommodations for the last of your summer finals NOW!

Because of the compressed nature of summer classes, and the timing around the release of the final exam schedule, AES deadlines are quite tight in the summer. You have only a few days to get your requests in, so if you need accommodations for a final in August, please get your request in now.

HOW TO REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS FOR FINAL EXAMS

Log into PAWS –> Go to the AES channel –> Click on “Exam Service” –> Click on the “Final Exam” link –> Fill out the form(s)

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FINAL EXAM ISN’T LISTED

If your final exam does not show up when you work through the above steps, it is not in the University’s final exam schedule. This commonly happens with lab finals and any exam outside of the final exam period (such as on the last day of classes).

If your final exam does not show up when you use the final exam link, use the non-final exam link instead. You will need to ask your instructor for the date and time of your final exam before you can fill out the non-final form. Make sure to get this all done before the AES deadline passes.

DO NOT FILL OUT A REQUEST IF:

  • Your final exam is being held in person. Although there are a handful of classes that are being held in person this term, AES staff is not allowed on campus and cannot set up in-person accommodations. If you have an in-person final exam, talk to your instructor.
  • Your class is not based at the Saskatoon campus. In that case, contact the student services staff at the home campus to discuss your accommodation needs.

NOTES ABOUT EXAM TIMING

  • AES only supports date and/or time changes for accommodation-related reasons. We will not support a time/date change for personal reasons such as work or family obligations.
  • If you need to change the date or time of an exam, you must talk to your instructor BEFORE you submit your request. This includes situations where students have accommodations such as “no morning exams.” Keep in mind that your instructor is the one who is managing exam times in this online environment, so it is crucial to have this discussion.
  • While we work remotely, instructors set up your timing accommodations. Especially for evening exams, it’s crucial to talk to your instructors at some point before the exam to confirm your actual start time.

DO YOU REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS?

If you need to change an exam date or time for religious reasons, visit this link: https://students.usask.ca/academics/exams.php#ReschedulingExams

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

Ask us! Since we’re working remotely, it’s easiest to reach us by emailing this address: aesexams@usask.ca

Q2 and T1 Final Exam Accommodation Bookings Are LIVE!

The University’s final exam schedule for Q2 and T1 has been fed into the AES system. This means you can request accommodations for your Q2/T1 finals NOW!

Because of the compressed nature of summer classes, and the timing around the release of the final exam schedule, AES deadlines are quite tight in the summer. You have only a couple of days to get your requests in, so if you need accommodations for a Q2/T1 final, please get your request in now.

HOW TO REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS FOR FINAL EXAMS

Log into PAWS –> Go to the AES channel –> Click on “Exam Service” –> Click on the “Final Exam” link –> Fill out the form(s)

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FINAL EXAM ISN’T LISTED

If your final exam does not show up when you work through the above steps, it is not in the University’s final exam schedule. This commonly happens with lab finals and any exam outside of the final exam period (such as on the last day of classes). If your final exam does not show up when you use the final exam link, use the non-final exam link instead. If you don’t know the date of your final exam or can’t use the non-final link for any other reason, email us at aesexams@usask.ca

DO NOT FILL OUT A REQUEST IF:

  • Your final exam is being held in person. Although there are a handful of classes that are being held in person this term, AES staff is not allowed on campus and cannot set up in-person accommodations. If you have an in-person final exam, talk to your instructor.
  • Your class is not based at the Saskatoon campus. In that case, contact the student services staff at the home campus to discuss your accommodation needs.

NOTES ABOUT EXAM TIMING

  • AES only supports date and/or time changes for accommodation-related reasons. We will not support a time/date change for personal reasons such as work or family obligations.
  • If you need to change the date or time of an exam, you must talk to your instructor BEFORE you submit your request. This includes situations where students have accommodations such as “no morning exams.” Keep in mind that your instructor is the one who is managing exam times in this online environment, so it is crucial to have this discussion.
  • While we work remotely, instructors set up your timing accommodations. Especially for evening exams, it’s crucial to talk to your instructors at some point before the exam to confirm your actual start time.

DO YOU REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS?

If you need to change an exam date or time for religious reasons, visit this link: https://students.usask.ca/academics/exams.php#ReschedulingExams

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

Ask us! Since we’re working remotely, it’s easiest to reach us by emailing this address: aesexams@usask.ca

Scholarship available for students who have schizophrenia

Through the “Yes 2 Me” Scholarship Program, the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance and
Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan are celebrating the efforts of young people
living with mental illness by rewarding them with an incentive to pursue their
educational goals and confidently build a better self for their bright future ahead.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
• be a resident of Saskatchewan
• be diagnosed with Schizophrenia
• complete a Scholarship Application package

1 scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded.

Application deadline is July 30/21.

For more details, please view the attachment.

Yes2Me Scholarship 2021-22

Survey: Engagement on the Disability Inclusion Action Plan

The Government of Canada is engaging Canadians on how to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Your feedback will support the development of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which will focus on:

• reducing poverty among persons with disabilities in Canada;
• getting more persons with disabilities into good quality jobs;
• helping meet the Accessible Canada Act goal of a barrier-free Canada by 2040;
• making it easier for persons with disabilities to access federal programs and services; and
• fostering a culture of inclusion.

We invite you to participate by completing the online survey here by August 31, 2021. You can also print and complete the attached survey by hand and mail it to the following address:

Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0J9

Or by email: accessible-canada@hrsdc.gc.ca