Facilities and Resources

*** These campus resources provide specific services for persons with disabilities.

  • Art Gallery of York University
  • ABLE York ***
    ABLE-York is a student organization which promotes the rights of students with disabilities on campus and provides a number of services and disability resources for York students, staff and faculty.
  • ACCESS York ***
    York University's Advisory Committee for Persons with Special Needs.
  • Accessibility Policies ***
    A comprehensive listing of all University policies and procedures concerning access and students with disabilities.
  • Bookstore
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local #3903
    CUPE represents contract faculty, tutors, markers, demonstrators, as well as teaching, research, and graduate assistants at York University. CUPE also covers its members under an extended health care plan. But students have to register for it and there is a waiting period before your coverage (such as prescriptions, dental care, etc.) is valid.
  • Career Services ***
    The Career Centre is a team of professionals who work with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and employers to support students in their pursuit to realize their career potential. Services include career development programs and employment- related services designed to allow students to actively engage in the integration and implementation of their academic and employment choices. There are plenty of on-line resources to help graduate students available on the website.
    The Career Service office is wheel chair accessible and equip with Zoom Text software.
  • Centre for Academic Writing ***
    The Centre for Academic Writing offers practical instruction in all aspects of writing to all students in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Schulich School of Business. Some tutors specialize in working with ESL students, and in working with students who have disabilities affecting language learning and language skills. The chief method of instruction is individual tutoring where sessions usually last 25 or 50 minutes. We now also provide electronic tutoring.The Centre offers credit courses and a number of group workshops that deal with the major elements of effective essay writing. The website provides students with up-to-date information about the Centre for Academic Writing activities, and links to academic resources, such as style guides, dictionaries, an encyclopedia, and an on-line writing center.
  • Centre for Race and Ethnic Relations (CRER) ***
    CRER was established to advise the York University on policy relating to race and ethnic relations. Another goal is to provide anti-racism education for the entire community and support/services to the University's multi-ethno-racial community. The CRER works in cooperation with several campus groups and associations active in the are of human rights, anti-racism and employment equity. The advisors at the Centre are available to give workshops on anti-racism and related issues to all sectors of the University. The Centre offers public education programs and a small resource library to increase awareness and action around issues of equity. The Centre is also a Complaint Centre that provides a confidential place in which members of the York community can seek information and advice regarding racial harassment and discrimination.
  • Centre for the Support of Teaching (CST)
    Kicking off the year with T.A. Day in September, CST offers resources and workshops focused on issues relevant to teaching assistants and faculty. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year, on topics such as ebing an effective T.A., how to mark efficiently, and how to deal with academic dishonesty and sexual harassment. The list of programs for graduate students includes:

    • T.A. Day
    • University Teaching Practicum (UTP)
    • FAQs about the UTP
    • ongoing lecture series
    • University Teaching and Learning (UTAL 5000.03)
    • Teaching Assistants Resource Group (TARG)
    • Teaching Development Graduate Assistant Program (TDGA)
  • Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development. ***
    This office is a source of a wealth of information regarding student groups, clubs and associations operating on the York University campus. The website provides links to information regarding off-campus housing, disability services, religious organizations, health and education promotion, student government organizations and services, student publications, university rules, regulations and policies and much more!
  • Community and Legal Aid Services program (CLASP)
    CLASP is a Student Legal Aid Society. It is different from Legal Aid Ontario in that it provides services to persons without a legal aid certificate. CLASP is staffed by law students who are supervised by qualified lawyers. CLASP can help students with basic legal problems, represent them in certain courts and tribunals, and provide legal advice. It often helps with problems that might not think are legal in nature. It operates on a strictly confidential basis and will keep affairs totally private.

    • Address: Room 124, Osgoode Hall Law School
    • Tel: 416-736-5029
    • Fax: 416-736-5564
  • Computing and Network Services (CNS) ***
    York University's central computing and Internet services including email, accounts, software support, and Internet tools. CNS Help Services supports the following products/services for people with disabilities. Contact Zachariah Cameron by email at ability@yorku.ca or TTY at 416-667-2031. For general inquiries, please email askit@yorku.ca or call at 416-736-5800.

    • TTY (TeleTYpewriter)
    • ZoomText
    • start-up and tech support on Listservs
    • guidance in the use of the Access Features of Windows 95
  • Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) ***
    This centralized centre gathers a range of services, including personal counselling, group development workshops, learning skills training, and support for learning disabilities and mental health disabilities, virtual “roof.”
  • Day Care at York University: Lee Wiggins Childcare
  • Day Care at York University: Co-op Day Care
  • Faculty Resource Guide - Teaching Students with Disabilities ***
    The purpose of this Faculty Resource Guide is to increase disability awareness among faculty members, teaching assistants and staff at York University.
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS)
    FGS is a source of funding for conference presentations, a source of applications for various grants, fellowships, and scholarships, and whom you should consult when preparing your thesis or dissertation.
  • Graduate Students Association (GSA)
    GSA represents all of the graduate students at York University. It provides partial funding for conference presentations, offers emergency loans to students, and publishes the GSA Handbook, distributed free to graduate students in September. There are monthly GSA meetings.
  • Health Education & Promotion
  • Housing: Off-Campus
    Off-campus listings provided by the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Housing: On-Campus
    On campus housing provided by the Student Housing.
  • Libraries ***
    The York University Libraries provide the following equipment, transcription services and facilitated services to users with disabilities.

    • Adaptive Equipment Room
    • Library Computers
    • Transcription Services
    • Facilitated Services: Circulation, Library Materials Retrieval, Photocopying, etc.

    For information and assistance, contact Tina McColl, Coordinator of Library Services to Persons with Special Needs, Scott Circulation by telephone at (416)736-2100 ext. 88877 or by email at tmccoll@yorku.ca

    York University has a partnership with the University of Toronto (U of T) libraries. Students can apply for a U of T library card with free borrowing privileges by taking your York Card and your Sessional ID Card to the circulation desk at either Robarts Library of the OISE library.

    Graduate Students may apply for extended loan privileges at the circulation desk at Scott Library, by submitting a signed letter from the Program Director that they are currently working on their Masters thesis or Doctoral dissertation.

    With extended loan privileges granted, books on a 2-week loan at the Scott Library, Steacies Science Library, Law Library, and Frost Library are automatically charged out for 100 days. Extended loan privileges automatically carry over from year to year. Students are not required to submit subsequent letters.

    Brief introductions of all libraries:

    • Business and Government Publications Library
      - Room 113, Schulich School of Business (will be moving in January, 2004)
      - contains government documents and business publications
      - Tel: 416-736-5139
    • Frost Library
      - Glendeon Campus
      - features a large collection of French language materials
      - Tel: 416-487-6726
    • Law Library
      - Basement of Osgoode Hall Law School
      - houses one of Canada's best collections of legal materials
      - Tel: 416-736-5205
    • Nellie Langford Rowell Library
      - Room 204, Founders College
      - contains materials on women's issues: books, government documents, and over 100 Canadian and International womens' periodicals.
      - Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 33219
    • Scott Library
      - Central Square
      - the largest library on campus features an impressive general reference section with dozens of computer search stations, a social science and humanities collection, and specialty collections such as the Map Library, the York Archives, andthe Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL).
      - offers electronic databases, extended loan status (100 days) for graduate students, and interlibrary loans
      - provides dissertations for a minimal fee
      - Tel: 416-736-5181 (Circulation & Reserves) and 416-736-5150 (Info Desk)
    • Steacie Science Library
      - Room T102, Steacie Science Building
      - maintains an extensive collection of books, journals, and microfilms on a wide variety of scientific subjects
      - Tel: 416-736-5084
  • Mediate@York
    Mediate@York offers free mediation services to York community members (students, staff and faculty) who are experiencing conflicts or disputes within the university context.
  • Ontario March of Dimes - Independent Living Program ***
    The program provides non-medical assistance to students, staff and faculty at York University who have physical disabilities.
  • Office of the Ombudsperson and Centre for Human Rights (CHREY) ***
  • Office of Student Financial Services
    Provides financial information about:

    • Tuition Fees
    • Payment & Refund Schedule
    • Student Account Information
    • Financial Aid
    • Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards & Prizes
    • International Student Employments
    • Health Plan
    • Tax Forms Online
  • Parking Services ***
  • Ron Cope Gateway Resource Room ***
    Ron Cope was a York University alumnus, tireless educator and advocate for those with hearing loss. In reflecting Mr. Cope's values and beliefs, this Resource Room serves to create awareness of current issues facing the Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing population.
  • Registrar's Office
    To access the university calendar, lecture schedule, and information about course enrolment, transcripts, and tuition fees.
  • Security, Student Esorts, Lost & Found ***
    For urgent matters, call extension 33333 using any public telephones on campus (416.736.5333).
    For non-urgent matters, call extension 58000 using any public telephones on campus (416-650-8000).
    For Hearing Impaired Persons, call the TTY extension at 55470 using any public telephones on campus (416-736-5470).
    For escorts from 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., please call extension 55454 using any public telephones on campus (416-736-5454).
  • Sexual Harassment Education and Complaint Centre ***
  • Student Run Organizations
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Transgendered Bisexual Lesbian Gay Alliance (TBLGA@York)
    TBLGA@York is a student-run service supported by the York Federation of Students (YFS). TBLGAY provides services to York University's transgendered, bisexual, lesbian and gay communities and their friends. We offer support, social, political and educational programming, a safe space, community referrals and a small resource library.
    Address: Room A449, Student Centre Building
    Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 20494
    Email: tblgay@yorku.ca
  • Transportation Services ***
  • Volunteer Centre
    The Volunteer Centre of York University (VCYU) is a student-run service promoting volunteerism at York University. It is a liaison between students who would like to donate their time and skills and non-profit organizations seeking volunteers.
  • Wellness Centre ***
    The Wellness Centre has offered programs in meditation, yoga, and healthy eating/weight management, as well as organizing noontime lecture series.
  • York International
    The gateway to information on all international activities at York University.
  • York Women's Centre (YWC) ***
    YWC is the first udniversity-based Women's Centre in Canada. The centre provides direct services to Women and Trans People who would like support finding housing, going through the legal system and York University offices, finding reliable health care and other support. Services include crisis intervention, peer counselling, advocacy and referrals on a broad base of issues including housing, legal aid, financial help, psychiatric survivor and consumer issues, HIV/AIDS education and care, birth control, and much more.
    Address: Room 322, Student Centre Building
    Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 33484
    Fax: 416-650-4970
    Email: ywc@riseup.net