Accessibility Awards & Financial Resources

U of T Campus Services

The role of Accessibility Services is to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into all aspects of university life. Its focus is on skills development, especially in the areas of self-advocacy and academic skills.

Services are provided to students with a documented disability. It can be physical, sensory, a learning disability, or a mental health disorder. Students with temporary disabilities (e.g., broken arm) are also eligible for the service.

Students first go through an intake interview to discuss their eligibility and needs.

Visit the websites of the three campuses:

Accessibility Services — St. George campus

Accessibility Services — U of T Mississauga

Accessibility Services — U of T Scarborough

Awards Outside U of T

These resources are listed as guides and is not a comprehensive list. For more information, contact Accessibility Services.

DisabilityAwards.ca is a portal to awards and scholarships for students with disabilities studying at a Canadian college or university.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities.

Government-Sponsored Financial Aid

To qualify for permanent disability assistance, you must:

  • have a functional limitation caused by a physical or mental impairment that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a post-secondary level or in the labour force; and
  • be able to provide proof of the disability, describing its type and substantiating that it is expected to remain with the person for the person’s expected natural life.

The Canada Student Loan Program provides for the availability of relaxed eligibility criteria and grant assistance for persons who demonstrate that they have a permanent disability which restricts their ability to participate in post-secondary studies. A person with permanent disability status is eligible for:

  • Reduced course loads
  • Longer period of study
  • Permanent disability benefit
  • Canada study grants

For more information, contact:
Enrolment Services at the University of Toronto
Provincial Student Loans programs

SGS Accessibility Grant

The SGS Accessibility Grant supports significant educational expenses not normally covered by the student, the graduate unit, provincial, or federal agencies. We recognize that each student’s situation is unique and funding will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The grant was established to assist with accommodations necessary to meet unexpected needs arising from the particular demands of the graduate program.