The 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.

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Contents

Access Us Join "Access Us" to connect with students and navigate U of T!
Peer Advisors - Daily Drop Ins You don't have to be part of the program to access peer drop-in hours!
SASA Social Association for Students with Autism (SASA)
Contact us 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

Register for the Access Us Mentorship Program!

 

Events

Access Us hosts weekly drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Room at the Centre for International Experience (33 St. George Street).

Winter 2019 Schedule:

  • January 15 — Program Re-Launch Social
  • January 22 — Academic Session: Starting the Semester Off Right 
  • January 29 — Chair Yoga and Pilates
  • February 5 — Career Session
  • February 12 — Self-Compassion and Self-Care
  • February 19 — Reading Week (potential off-campus social, details TBD)
  • February 26 — Games 'Night' and/or AccessDis Blitz Session
  • March 5 — Career Session
  • March 12 — Attending a Fitness Class on Campus (details TBD)
  • March 19 — Academic Session: Preparing for Final Exams
  • March 26 — Reflecting on the Past Year
  • April 2 — Study Café

Please note: As space is limited, confirmation of attendance is greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to our Program Coordinator, Rouya, at rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca. Kindly inform us if you have any accessibility needs or dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Study Hubs

Access Us also hosts weekly study hubs on Wednesdays from 2 - 4 p.m. in Group Room A at the Student Success Centre (214 College Street).

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Peer Advisors - Daily Drop Ins

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 (Thursdays 2 - 4 p.m.)
  • Get tips on time management and manage school work (Thursdays 2 - 4 p.m.)
  • Practice and learn about self-care (Mondays, 2 - 4 p.m.)
  • Goal-setting (Tuesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. & Thursdays, 2 - 4 p.m.)
  • Exploring your identity and disability (Fridays, 2 - 4 p.m.)
  • Career exploration (Wednesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. & Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Drop-in Hours

Drop-in hours are open to all students connected with Accessibility Services. 

Location: Accessibility Services, 455 Spadina Avenue. 

Hours: 

  • Mondays: 2 - 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 4 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays: 2 - 4 p.m. 
  • Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. 

Note: Peers are available from January 28 - April 5.

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. 

Would you like to participate in SASA? Contact your advisor or email the program coordinator directly. 

rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca

Come and give SASA a chance! We look forward to meeting you!

When: Fridays 2 - 4 p.m.

Where: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1016

Contact

Rouya Botlani, Coordinator of the Peer Mentorship Program at 416-978-1497 or rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca.