Accessibility Commissioner

2018-19 Accessibility Commissioner: Martin Ross (

The Accessibility Commissioner advocates on behalf of differently abled SOGS members. Their primary role is to work towards greater accessibility and inclusivity for those with mental and/or physical conditions that have historically been insufficiently accounted for within society.

Current project:
Working with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Wendy Dickinson (Services for Students with Disabilities), Lesley Oliver (Equity and Human Rights), and the SOGS Executive to develop language for graduate course syllabi (incorporating Section 14 of the Graduate Student Regulations found on the SGPS website) on graduate students’ use of Services for Students with Disabilities. Adding a section on accommodations will:

a) remind instructors to be aware and amenable to any graduate student in need of accommodations at the outset of their course; and
b) ensure graduate students that there is a service to utilize.

The current guidelines for course outlines can be found here. The next policy meeting that a potential drafted paragraph can be presented is in September.

Past Projects

  • Opting in part-time graduate students who are registered with SSD for a SOGS bus pass
  • Academic Coach for the SSD to work with graduate students
  • Enhance availability and visibility of services available to graduate students with disabilities and encourage eligible graduate students to enroll in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
Interview with SOGS GradCast. Click here to hear it!
SOGS contributed $1000 towards the redesign of Western’s Access Lab.






Accessibility Resources:

Past Accessibility Commissioners/Initiatives