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.
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
Peer Advisors – Daily Drop-In
Starting Monday, January 20, peer advisors will be available Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 – 4 p.m.
For graduate students who prefer to talk to a graduate peer, our graduate peer advisor is also available on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Drop-in hours are open to all students connected with Accessibility Services.
Location: Accessibility Services, 455 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 417A
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.
Starting Friday, January 24, SASA will run every Friday from 2 – 4 p.m. (with the exception of Reading Week, there will be no SASA on February 21)
Locations: January 24 & 31 sessions will be in Koffler Student Services, Student Success Centre, Group Room C
All February & March sessions will be in CIE, Baldwin Room
If you are interested in joining our listserv to stay connected, please email Rouya Botlani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Location for all drop-ins: CIE, Baldwin Room
Drop-ins run on Mondays from 1 – 3 p.m.
Workshops & events
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All of our workshops are open to students at any level registered with us, and for any student who self-identifies as having a disability. Workshops run on Thursdays from 2 – 3:45 p.m.
- January 16, 2020 – Build on Your Academic Strengths: Develop a Plan for Success
- February 6, 2020 – Checking in with Your Goals: Time Management & Procrastination
- February 27, 2020 – Finding Focus: Disconnecting in a Distracted World
- March 12, 2020 – Career Planning Workshop
- March 19, 2020 – Preparing for Exams and Empowering Your End of Term
- Accessibility Dialogues
Accessibility Dialogues are open to students at any level registered with us, or who self-identifies as having a disability, to chat with peers about different topics. Accessibility Dialogues run on Thursdays from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
- January 23, 2020 – Living with Chronic Health Conditions & Fatigue
- February 13, 2020 – Intersections of My Identities: Navigating U of T as a Black/Indigenous/Person of Colour (BIPOC) Student with Disability
- February 20, 2020 – Enhancing My Student Experience: Mental Wellbeing
- March 5, 2020 – Navigating U of T as Student Who is Blind or Visually Impaired
- March 26, 2020 – d/Deaf, Deafened & Hard of Hearing Culture at U of T
- Accessibility Grad Chats
Accessibility Grad Chats are open to current graduate students only. Accessibility Grad Chats run on the last Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
To register to attend, please log into CLNx.