Maccess is hiring Peer Support Volunteers for the 2020 - 2021 year. For more information and to apply, please visit our Peer Support Volunteer Application page.
Maccess is located in MUSC B111, in the basement of the McMaster University Student Centre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our physical space will be closed for the foreseeable future. Instead, all of our programming will take place entirely online!
Make sure to follow us on Facebook (/MSUMaccess), Instagram (@MSU_Maccess), and Twitter (@MSU_Maccess) to keep up to date on upcoming events!
Maccess is a peer support, advocacy, and community centre for students who experience disability, chronic illness, mental health concerns, or inaccessibility. Our services are available for any McMaster student who experiences (or identifies as) any of the following:
chronic illness or health conditions
madness, mental health concerns, or mental illness
d/Deaf or hard of hearing
navigating inaccessibility or accessing accommodations
or other experiences/identities that are a part of the larger Disability Justice movement
All of our volunteers have their own lived experience with one or more of the above.
What do we do?
Maccess aims to build and maintain a campus that celebrates, advocates, and ensures inclusiveness in the area of disability. We provide programming and events in an effort to establish a sense of community for those that self-identify as having disabilities or as disabled. In addition, Maccess strives to advocate on the behalf of students in a proactive and affirmative fashion and provide educational programming on and opportunities to learn about critical disability studies.
A central aspect to Maccess is the provision of peer support. Peer support is provided by trained volunteers, with lived experiences with any of the following: disability, chronic illness, mental illness, madness, mental health concerns, neurodivergence, and additional identities that are part of the larger disability rights movement.
At Maccess, accessibility is not just a buzzword but is something we are dedicated to and committed to working towards.
If there is content on our website or in the space that comes with barriers to access, please let us know and we will work with you to offer the content in another format that works for you.