Early outreach key to supporting students with disabilities

September 17, 2014

Ryerson University’s successful Access TMP program is featured in a Huffington Post article on students with disabilities. Based on Ryerson’s Tri-Mentoring program, Access TMP pairs first-year students with upper-year mentors in an effort to build community support for students, provide support for those who need it, and direct students toward career opportunities. “The process of mentoring is the three stages—to help with the transition into university, through university, and out of university,” said Tri-Mentoring Program Facilitator Mariam Hashemi. The Huffington Post piece notes that the success of the Access TMP program and similar programs at other universities often hinges on reaching students early on. “The structure changes, the demands change … and if you know that in advance you can plan for it,” said Theresa Doupe, Associate Director of Specialized Support and Disability Services at the University of Alberta. Students also benefit from being proactive. “The support systems can only do so much for you. I’ve learned to really be proactive and self-advocate for myself in a lot of situations,” said Ryerson student Samuel Pereira. Huffington Post | Ryerson News