York University Accessibility Fund (YUAF)

Information for Applicants

A York University-wide fund has been established to make the York community (at both the Keele and Glendon campuses) more accessible to persons with disabilities participating in academic, social, or cultural events. This fund is intended to supplement costs rather than to cover all costs, whenever possible.

Who Can Apply

All members of the York University community, including students, faculty, and staff, are eligible to apply.

Application Dates

Applications can be submitted at any time. The committee will meet on a quarterly basis to review applications. Applications of a time-sensitive nature may be considered on an as-needed basis.

Application Process

Information on Application Process:

  • Applications for funding shall be submitted using the YUAF Application Form, and following its guidelines, shall outline in as much detail as possible the nature of the request and the approximate costs.
  • Applications submitted will be reviewed by the YUAF committee comprised of the following participants or their designates:
    • Senior Executive Officer, Vice-President Finance and Administration (Chair)
    • AODA Coordinator
    • Director, Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability Services
    • Faculty/Staff representative appointed by Enable York
    • Student representative appointed by Enable York
    • Other members on an as-needed basis (where request-specific advice is required)
  • A majority decision of the committee is required in order to approve an application.
  • Written responses will be provided to all applicants.
  • Multiple applications from the same source will be accepted; each application will be considered on its own merit.
  • Applications shall include all other avenues for funding that have been explored.

Applications may include requests for:

  •  Classroom and practicum technological equipment and supports, such as assistive devices, software, or other equipment purchased by an administrative unit and provided on a loaner basis. Any equipment purchased remains the property of York University.
  • Disability awareness and education activities to promote and support on-going education within the York Community
  • Supplemented support services for participants attending extra/co-curricular and other out-of-class activities
  • Supplemented support services for participants attending Conferences Hosted by the University.
    • Organizers of conferences and symposia on campus are encouraged to consider additional costs to provide access support when setting fees for attendees.
    • Part of the criteria for evaluation of applications will include evidence from organizers about how they attempted to fund accessibility costs in their planning of the conference/symposium.
  • Support for York students with disabilities presenting at conferences hosted elsewhere
  • Other requests

Applications may not include requests for:

  • Expenses that should be otherwise supported through MTCU funding for students with disabilities
  • Renovations and retrofits to the built environment (e.g., classrooms, washrooms, residences)
    • Those wishing to inquire about renovation and retrofit funding may contact the Senior Manager, Environmental Design and Sustainability, CSBO.

Criteria for Assessing Funding Requests

  • Does the request eliminate a barrier?
  • Does the request result in greater participation by persons with disabilities?
  • Does the request promote awareness of disability related issues?
  • Will the request result in education that is more accessible?
  • Will the request have a lasting effect on the University?
  • Have all other avenues for funding been sufficiently explored?
  • Requests that relate to student accessibility, both on and off campus, shall be given priority.

Apply Now

YUAF Application Form

Submit applications to:

York University Accessibility Fund
Attention: Financial Analyst/Administrative Assistant
Office of the Vice-President Finance and Administration
900 Kaneff Tower
York University

Additional Assistance

Please contact any of the following offices with questions, clarifications, or to receive assistance with the application process,
Please Contact: 

Office of the Vice-President, Finance and Administration 416.736.5282

AODA Office 416.736.2100 ext. 20512

Counselling & Disability Services:

  • Learning Disability Services 416.736.5383
  • Mental Health Disability Services 416.736.5297
  • Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability Services 416.736.5140