Our peer programs give students one-to-one and group support, as well as the chance to contribute in a variety of roles and contexts. With an academic or social focus, challenges are addressed with a positive, practical approach that creates new opportunities for growth and connection.

 

COVID-19 update

In-person events, workshops and peer programs at Accessibility Services are cancelled for the rest of the term, but many activities are moving online. Check out Workshops & events below and see Online with Student Life for highlights from all Student Life departments.

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Contents

Access Us Join Access Us to connect with other students and navigate U of T!
Peer Advisors – Daily Drop-In Meet with a Peer Advisor. You don't have to be part of the program to access peer drop-in hours!
SASA Social Association for Students with Autism (SASA)
ADHD Peers Connections An informal, drop-in space to talk about challenges and strategies
Workshops & events Workshops, dialogues and other events
Contact Questions? Contact Rouya Botlani, Coordinator of the Peer Mentorship Program

Access Us

Students registered with Accessibility Services can connect with an Access Us peer mentor and be part of a supportive community that includes:

  • Being mentored by an upper-year student (3rd and 4th year or graduate)

  • Social events throughout the semester

  • Academic workshops led by a Learning Strategist or other professionals (e.g. time management, exam preparation, effective note-taking, etc.)

  • Leadership, Professional & Career Development Opportunities

Access Us programming is cancelled for the rest of the term.

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Peer Advisors – Daily Drop-In

Peer Advisors – Daily Drop-ins are cancelled for the rest of the term.

Peer Advisors are available to help students: 

  • Learn about the services at Accessibility Services
  • Discover supports and resources at U of T
  • Register for tests and exams
  • Download their Letter of Accommodation 
  • Write emails and get tips on communicating with professors and course instructors
  • Plan out their semester and plan ahead
  • Get tips on time management and manage school work
  • Practice and learn about self-care
  • Set goals
  • Explore your identity and disability
  • Explore careers

Social Association for Students with Autism (SASA)

Are you a student living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Join your fellow students for informal discussions and group activities where you can share your interests in a welcoming social setting. All U of T students are unique, and SASA provides students with ASD, the chance to connect, contribute and develop new friendships. As well as weekly meet-ups with a board games, options for solo activities, and light snacks, the group decides on occasional outings based on mutual interests. 

SASA programming is moving online. Email Rouya Botlani-Esfahani at rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca to join and/or to sign up for our listserv.

See Online with Student Life for more online events and workshops.

ADHD Peer Connections

Join us for an informal space where you can meet peers with similar experiences managing Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Students can drop-in to one of our weekly sessions led by a peer facilitator to discuss their strengths and challenges and share successful strategies. Each week, students can check in on their goals.

ADHD Peer Connections events are cancelled for the rest of the term.

Workshops & events

Accessibility Dialogues

With the transition to online learning, motivation and accountability can be difficult. We want to support you!

Join us weekly on Thursday afternoons online for Accessibility Dialogues: Connecting While Working Remotely from 2 – 3 p.m., open to students from all three U of T campuses.

Register and find more details at the CLNx links below:

 

Virtual check-ins and check-outs

Join us weekly for 30-minute check-ins and check-outs to set goals, prioritize tasks and celebrate successes in a group setting. Register on CLNx at the links below to receive the Microsoft Teams link to join.

Virtual check-ins

Mondays from 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Virtual check-outs

Fridays from 3 – 3:30 p.m.

Contact

Rouya Botlani, Coordinator of Student Learning & Transition at 416-978-1497 or rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca.