School and work
Get ready for work
Maybe you already have a job or you might be thinking about getting a job to have some money of your own, to help out at home, or to save up for school. Looking for your first job can be challenging. You might feel scared about the process or you might worry that you don’t have the right skills.
Having HIV shouldn’t stop you from getting a job. To plan the best type of work or study for your interests and abilities, your social worker can refer you to career counsellors who understand HIV health issues and stigma. They can work with you to find suitable work or study without telling anyone about your HIV status.
Good 2 Go offers three main career supports to teens with chronic health conditions: Career Clinics, EmployABLE, and a Vocational Database.
Getting the Most out of Post-Secondary Education: What do I need to know?
It might go by a different name but all colleges and universities have an office/team that is there to provide support to students who have disabilities be successful. This includes people living with HIV.
You can register with them as soon as you accept an offer to attend the school. They can help you:
- Find out about funding
- Build a manageable course load
- Arrange volunteer note taking if you have to miss school
- Arrange test and examination accommodations
When considering applying for disability status, most people with HIV are concerned about disclosure of their HIV status at College or University. It’s important for you to know that all health information is confidential within the student affairs office. Teachers and other students do not need to know about your HIV status.
Here are some links for local colleges and universities:
- University of Toronto, St. George
- University of Toronto, Mississauga
- University of Toronto, Scarborough
- York University
- Centennial College
- Sheridan College
- Seneca College
- George Brown College
Check out these resources to learn about services, supports, and funding that might be available to you as a student.
- OSAP You may be eligible for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and student grants or scholarships.
- Canadian Access Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities
- Bursary for Students with Disabilities - Learn more through the OSAP website
If you have been looking into this and need some extra help, talk with your health-care professional.