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Some exciting changes have come to York University’s mental health, disability and wellness services. If you missed our previous #YUBlog post “A Guide to Mental Health and Wellness Resources at York U,” you may not be aware of the many support services available to students. York U provides students with a range of health and wellness resources to create a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters well-being among the York community and contributes to students’ academic success.
Introducing Student Accessibility Services
Effective immediately, Learning Disability Services (LDS), Mental Health Disability Services (MHDS) and Physical, Sensory & Medical Disability Services (PSMDS) will be collectively renamed “Student Accessibility Services” (SAS) and Personal Counselling Services will now be called “Student Counselling & Development” (SCD), making it easier for students to identify the appropriate service provider for their needs. Simplifying York U’s health and wellness service structure aims to better support students and embody the University’s core value of accessibility.
Note that the Glendon campus will continue to provide health, wellness and accessibility services on that campus under the current name of The Accessibility, Well-Being & Counselling (AWC) Centre.
Finding the Right Service Provider
If you are seeking out support services for the first time, you may not know exactly where to go for assistance; this change should make it easier to decide if accessibility services or counselling services can best support your needs.
It’s important to note that although SAS will no longer use the various unit names (Learning Disability Services, Mental Health Disability Services and Physical, Sensory & Medical Disability Services), each of those teams will continue to provide the same services and programs and continue to support students as they do currently.
York U’s decision to unify different health, wellness and accessibility services under the two pillars of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and Student Counselling & Development (SCD) embodies an ongoing transition in postsecondary institutions to shift away from the use of the term “disability” when describing services and resources toward the more inclusive term “accessibility.” The name change to Student Accessibility Services emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in providing academic and health resources to everyone at York U. The name change to Student Counselling & Development better reflects their mandate to help York students realize, develop and fulfill their potential in order to make the most of their university experience and manage the challenges of university life.
Partners in Student Success
These organization changes support and align with the Division of Students’ vision – to be Partners in Student Success. York U’s accessibility and academic support services have one common goal: to help students achieve academic success and fulfill their potential. Student Accessibility Services and Student Counselling & Development are here for you, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support. To learn more, take a look at the updated Student Accessibility Services and Student Counselling & Development websites.
Details about the organizational change will be released in the New Year, so keep an eye on your email inbox for updates.
Take a look at the Mental Health and Wellness at York website for a full list of all health and wellness resources available at York U.