Looking for an opportunity to connect with fellow students registered with Accessibility Services or who identify as living with a disability? Hoping to develop new friendships? Then this group is for you!
The group meets up once a month to play games, enjoy light snacks, and discuss mutual interests and topics in a supportive, relaxed and interactive manner. Activities and topics will be suggested by peer staff to promote social connections, but student input is welcomed and encouraged.
Come to laugh, develop social skills and find community!
Open to all undergraduate or graduate students currently registered with Accessibility Services or who identify as living with a disability.
How The Program Works
Each interactive session will be facilitated by a peer staff member and program coordinator. Each session will open with a few rounds of icebreakers and would you rather, followed by an activity: a facilitated discussion surrounding a topic, name bingo, a visit from Get Crafty, games, a virtual event or movie viewing, a guided meditation, light movement or perhaps a visit from friendly pet companions!
Social Connections will take place once a month on Friday afternoons:
- January 19, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
- February 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
- March 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Activity suggestions are always welcome! To sign up and receive email notifications regarding upcoming events and scheduled activities, please fill out the Social Connections registration form under Program Registration.
Group Guidelines for Participation
The aim is to create a welcoming and safe environment. Please treat everyone with respect. Different points of view and healthy debates are natural, but respect is required.
No discrimination and harassment
We want to make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying, discrimination and harassment are not permitted, and degrading comments about people and displays of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or receipt of public assistance or record of offences will not be tolerated.
Respect everyone’s privacy
Participating in this group (and discussion activities) requires mutual trust. Authentic sharing and dialogue add to an engaging group experience and opportunity for connection, but may also include information that is sensitive and private. Private information shared in the group session/dialogue should stay among the session participants to respect everyone’s privacy.
Program facilitators will provide support and guidance to participants as needed to maintain a welcoming environment for diverse group members. Any member who has concerns and feels unsafe/unwelcome at any time is encouraged to let the program facilitators know as soon as possible.