July 19, 2010



Unique program gives university, college students with diasabilites a head-start

Hamilton, Ont. July 19, 2010More than 13,000 Ontario students each year enter university and college with learning disabilities, bringing with them unique needs and challenges.  If these issues are not answered, many of these students will eventually drop out, frustrated by their ability to keep pace with the rigors of their academic programs. 

A unique student-facilitated and student-run transition program has been developed at McMaster University to assist students with disabilities overcome some of these challenges and to get them up to speed before their first day of class.

The free four-day program known as HYPE! is the largest in Ontario, and it will run from August 3-6. It is open to all first-year post-secondary students, not just those who will be attending McMaster University.  The registration deadline for HYPE! is July 23.

“We recognize that there are increased demands in a university environment which has led to gaps in students’ academic and personal development skills,” says Elizabeth Vav Dyck, transition program coordinator. “HYPE! is designed to help students meet these demands and uncertainties by providing them with tools and strategies to help them succeed at university.”

Topics covered include effective reading and writing strategies, time management, lecture skills, stress/anxiety management and self-awareness.  Students also have the opportunity to experience a taste of university life as they stay in a residence building, and have their meals at McMaster.

McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and more than 140,000 alumni in 128 countries.




For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Van Dyck                                                                             
HYPE! Program Co-ordinator                                                                                    

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext 24526