SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [October 31st, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events
  • SBA Open House – Today!
  • Computer Lab and Study Room Notice
Community Events and Resources

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
  • Fight the Fees Campaign!
  • Disability Rights Movement Focus Group
SBA Programming and Events
 
Computer Lab and Study Room
 
Please note that the computer lab and the study room is closed for today for our open house!
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SBA Open HouseStudents for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites all students, alumni, and community members to join us at our Open House. Hang out, eat some yummy food, and check out our office, resource library, lounge, computer lab, and study room which are free to use for all members during office hours.Meet our awesome coordinators and our amazing and dedicated board members and volunteers. Learn more about what SBA is working on this year and find out how you can get involved!Free! Everyone welcome! Drop-by anytime!

Date: Monday October 31, 2016

Time: 12pm-4pm

12pm-1pm: Board Games
1pm-2pm: Lunch and introduction to SBA
2pm-3pm: Button-making and colouring
3pm-4pm: Tea and cupcake decorating

Location: 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floorWheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor. Vegan and gluten-free food options will be provided.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

 
Community Events and Resources

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality for Blind Canadians

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.

Date:          Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time:         2 to 4 p.m.
Venue:       Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.
Program:2 – 2:10           Welcome2:10 – 2:45      Government Speeches

2:45 – 3:15      Panel Presentation

2:15 – 2:45      Question and Answer Period

3:45 – 4:30      Networking with Employment Agencies

 Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

 Please RSVP by October 28 at Voice Mail: 647-947-9022

Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com

 

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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project

Do you or someone you know have difficulties getting a job because of a disability?
Do you want to learn how to speak up for yourself for equal access to employment services?Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Toronto Chapter is launching an Employment Advocacy Project to build the skills of persons with disabilities to make sure employment programs and services include persons with disabilities. For details on the project, check out http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-10-inclusive-employment-advocacy-project

If interested in joining a focus group and training sessions, or to inquire further, please contact AEBC atVoice Mail: 647-947-9022
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Fight the Fees Campaign – Toronto Rally for Free Education

Ontario students currently pay the highest tuition fees in the country and students are graduating with thousands of dollars in debt. On November 2, students from all three UofT campuses are coming together to take action and demand free education for ALL! Join us as we rally at UofT and head to Queen’s Park to Fight the Fees!

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

BREAKFAST AND TRANSPORTATION
Free breakfast provided at UTM and UTSC at 9:00 AM.
Free buses will be running from UTM and UTSC to St.George between 10:00-11:00 AM.
Free breakfast at UTSG at 11:00 AM.
UTSC Students: Contact SCSU (or register here)
UTM Students: Contact UTMSU (vpexternal@utmsu.ca)

UOFT RALLY AT SID SMITH
Sid Smith Hall – 100 St. George Street
12:00-1:00PM

GTA RALLY AT CONVOCATION HALL
Con Hall – 27 King’s College Circle
1:00-2:00 PM
Followed by march to Queen’s Park

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Disability Rights Movement Focus Group

My name is Sara-Jane Linton and I am a Master of Health Evaluation student working under the supervision of Dr. Ellen MacEachen with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  I am working on a research project with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) called Regenerating the Disability Rights Movement. We are looking for  students between the ages of 18 – 35 who self-identify as living with a disability and may be interested in participating in a focus group session sharing thoughts and recommendations on how the disability rights movement can attract and retain the active participation of younger individuals.  
The focus group session is voluntary and will assess and explore barriers and possible solutions to overcome factors that inhibit or prevent younger individuals from joining and remaining active with the disability rights movement. Student participants in the focus group session will be asked to share their opinions and experiences in a discussion forum with several experienced members of the disability rights movement along with at maximum of 20 other students.
If you know of anyone  who might be interested in participating or for further information on this research project please contact Sara-Jane Linton Master of Health Evaluation student with the University of Waterloo at: s2linton@uwaterloo.ca  
SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [October 24, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Early Office Closure – This Wednesday
  • Crafternoon – Monoprinting!
  • SBA Open House
Community Events and Resources

  • Action Speaks Louder Call for Pitches and Editorial Volunteers
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
  • Make Free Education a Reality

SBA Programming and Events

Early Office Closure – This Wednesday

Please note that the SBA office will be closing early this Wednesday October 26th at 3:30pm.

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Crafternoon

Join us for another craft session at SBA! The usual knitting, colouring, and paper crafting supplies will be available. We’ll also have some monoprinting supplies so you can create your own patterns and designs! For more information on monoprinting, check out:

http://gelliarts.blogspot.ca/

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SBA Open HouseStudents for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites all students, alumni, and community members to join us at our Open House. Hang out, eat some yummy food, and check out our office, resource library, lounge, computer lab, and study room which are free to use for all members during office hours.

Meet our awesome coordinators and our amazing and dedicated board members and volunteers. Learn more about what SBA is working on this year and find out how you can get involved!

Free! Everyone welcome! Drop-by anytime!

Date: Monday October 31, 2016

Time: 12pm-4pm

12pm-1pm: Board Games
1pm-2pm: Lunch and introduction to SBA
2pm-3pm: Button-making and colouring
3pm-4pm: Tea and cupcake decorating

Location: 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floorWheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor. Vegan and gluten-free food options will be provided.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

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Community Events and Resources

Action Speaks Louder Call for Pitches and Editorial Volunteers

Are you interested in alternative media? Do you want to develop your skills in writing and editing for a publication? Write or volunteer for Action Speaks Louder, OPIRG-Toronto’s bi-annual newsletter!

We work to create space for students and community members to reflect on pressing issues within current struggles for social and environmental justice. If you would like to join our editorial collective, please write to us at opirg.toronto@gmail.com. The editorial collective will begin meeting in October to start work on out Winter 2017 issue. Editorial collective members brainstorm about content, solicit pitches, edit, proofread and work on layout of the newsletter. If you want to get a sense of the production process of a publication from start to finish, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills in a supportive, collaborative environment!

If you would rather just write for us, submit a pitch! The submission deadline for the Winter 2017 issue is extended to Tuesday, October 25, 2016. To send us a short pitch or for questions about the pitch process, please email actionspeaksloudertoronto@gmail.com. We are interested in hearing about your reflections on organizing work, campaigns you’re working on, a political issue that you’re interested in and anything else you want to develop related to OPIRG’s mandate for research, education and action on social and environmental justice!

To get a sense of what we publish, check out our last issue here.————————————————————————-

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality for Blind Canadians

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.

Date:          Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time:         2 to 4 p.m.
Venue:       Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.
Program:

2 – 2:10           Welcome

2:10 – 2:45      Government Speeches

2:45 – 3:15      Panel Presentation

2:15 – 2:45      Question and Answer Period

3:45 – 4:30      Networking with Employment Agencies

 Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

 Please RSVP by October 28 at Voice Mail: 647-947-9022

Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com

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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project

Do you or someone you know have difficulties getting a job because of a disability?
Do you want to learn how to speak up for yourself for equal access to employment services?

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Toronto Chapter is launching an Employment Advocacy Project to build the skills of persons with disabilities to make sure employment programs and services include persons with disabilities. For details on the project, check out http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-10-inclusive-employment-advocacy-project

If interested in joining a focus group and training sessions, or to inquire further, please contact AEBC at

Voice Mail: 647-947-9022
Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com————————————————————————-

Make Free Education a Reality

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium
Dinner Provided (Vegan/Veg options available)

Now is the time for free education. It is possible and necessary. Too many students are unable to afford post-secondary education as a result of high tuition fees.

Join us (Continuing Education Student Association of Ryerson – CESAR) for a discussion about the barriers you face, and how we can overcome them collectively.

Featuring:

Avi Lewis– Filmmaker and Journalist
Bilan Arte– Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students
Rabbia Ashraf– President, CESAR
Phyllis McKenna– VP Equity, CESAR

This event is part of CESAR’s Take the Lead Series.

Accessibility: We have 1 ASL interpreter secured. We are currently trying to secure a 2nd interpreter.
Wheelchair accessible.

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SBA Open House

SBA Open House

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites all students, alumni, and community members to join us at our Open House. Hang out, eat some yummy food, and check out our office, resource library, lounge, computer lab, and study room which are free to use for all members during office hours.

Meet our awesome coordinators and our amazing and dedicated board members and volunteers. Learn more about what SBA is working on this year and find out how you can get involved!

Free! Everyone welcome! Drop-by anytime!

Date: Monday October 31, 2016

Time: 12pm-4pm

12pm-1pm: Board Games
1pm-2pm: Lunch and introduction to SBA
2pm-3pm: Button-making and colouring
3pm-4pm: Tea and cupcake decorating

Location: 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor. Vegan and gluten-free food options will be provided.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [October 11th, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disability Students
  • SBA Adovcacy Committee Meeting
  • Craft Afternoon
  • SBA Open House

Community Events and Resources

  • Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting
  • Info-Session & Discussion on UofT’s Sexual Violence Policy
  • Wheel Dance
  • Communications and Design Coordinator – Job Opportunity
  • Wilcocks Commons Open House

SBA Programming and Events

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy a meal with us, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:

– Edgar-Andre Montigny Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Nick Hill, Disability Law Intensive Program, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday October 21, 2016
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: 252 Bloor Street West (OISE) room 5240, 5th floor

Everyone welcome! Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.

Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

A light lunch including vegan and gluten-free options will be served at 12:30pm. Please join us for lunch prior to the workshop.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join us for our next Advocacy Committee Meeting and learn more about SBA’s campaigns and how you can get involved! New members are always welcome!

Date: Thursday October 20, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Room 924 on the 9th floor

Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the meeting room.

Please note that the SBA centre is a scent-free space.

Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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Craft Afternoon

Join us for another SBA Crafternoon on Thursday October 13th from 4:30-6:30pm in room 924 at 215 Huron Street. Cookies, tea, and much knitting and colouring! If you arrive after 5:30, call our office at 416 967 7322 and we can let you into the building.

All gender washroom on the 9th floor and please note that we are a scent free space.

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SBA Open House

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites all students, alumni, and community members to join us at our Open House. Hang out, eat some yummy food, and check out our office, resource library, lounge, computer lab, and study room which are free to use for all members during office hours.

Meet our awesome coordinators and our amazing and dedicated board members and volunteers. Learn more about what SBA is working on this year and find out how you can get involved!

Free! Everyone welcome! Drop-by anytime!

Date: Friday October 31, 2016

Time: 12pm-4pm

12pm-1pm: Board Games
1pm-2pm: Lunch and introduction to SBA
2pm-3pm: Button-making and colouring
3pm-4pm: Tea and cupcake decorating

Location: 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor. Vegan and gluten-free food options will be provided.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

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Community Events and Resources

Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting

Join us for the first planning meeting for the Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds (ROBAM) Conference!

At this point, we have booked the Ryerson Student Centre for Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 for the Conference. This will be an opportunity to talk about everything and anything for the conference.

Monday, October 17, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm
Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street
SCC311-B, Third Floor, Directly across from the elevators

The organisers strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for its members. If we require additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please e-mail equity@rsuonline.ca. Tokens will be available for meeting participants.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318851015138129/

AGENDA

Suggested agenda (open to modifications and additions):
1. Introductions
2. Review of 2015 and 2016 Conference
3. Goal Setting & Brainstorm for 2017 Conference
4. Draft Timeline for 2017 Conference
5. Initial Task Delegation

The Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds Conference was initially hosted at Ryerson University in 2012. In 2014, student groups and campus/community activists from Ryerson University, York University, University of Toronto and George Brown College came together to imagine an inter-campus conference that brought together disability community activists, service providers, academics, and everybody in between. This is the second year of the Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds Inter-University Conference.

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Info-Session & Discussion on UofT’s Sexual Violence Policy
Online: https://www.facebook.com/events/292989534427476/
When: Tuesday, October 11th – 6:00pm
Where: Sidney Smith Hall – Room 2111 (100 St. George Street)

Sexual Violence in the workplace is an issue of health and safety for graduate students and academic workers on campus. We believe that you deserve to be included in conversations around sexual violence- response, policy and prevention- at the University of Toronto and in union spaces.

Collaborating with the Cupe3902 Flying Squad, 3902 Stewards and Joint Health and Safety Reps, we are facilitating one final info session and discussion on the draft sexual violence policy before the University’s deadline for feedback.

On Tuesday, October 11th we’ll hold an info session and public discussion on the draft sexual violence policy in room 2111 of Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street) at 6:00pm.

We’ll have food and refreshments on site – get at us with any dietary restrictions or accommodation requests at SIVUofT@gmail.com.

We’ll also have active listeners and an equity officer on site!

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Wheel Dance!

Learn Latin Dance in a comfortable and accessible environment. Classes will cover the basic elements of partner dancing, with an emphasis on basic patterns, turns and timing, moving across the dance floor, and having fun. A mixed abilities class – everyone welcome. Bring a partner or come on your own.

October 16th – November 20th

January 8 – February 12

12-1pm

$70 per session, $10 per class]

Where: Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave at Bloor

Call: 416-924-6200 ext 0 to register or email wheeldance@outlook.com for more information.

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Communications & Design Coordinator

Date Posted: Oct 03, 2016

Salary: 32,000 Salary

Province: Ontario

Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Part-time

Organization Description

Tangled Art + Disability is a not for profit arts organization and forum for creative and artistic excellence that serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for bringing together professional artists, emerging artists and arts and cultural organizations and a diverse public. Tangled Art + Disability uses the power of art as a transforming medium to enhance the understanding and acceptance that people with disabilities can and do make significant contributions to all aspects of society, in particular the arts and an evolving cultural sector.

Job Description

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
Communications & Design Coordinator
Tangled Art + Disability
October 2016
Part-time (3.5 days/week)
$32,000 Salary
One-year contract with potential for renewal
Some evening and weekend work is required

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities. Through this work, we aim to create a new standard of excellence in the arts by prioritizing inclusivity through accessible curatorial, programming, and art making practices.

Tangled is inviting applications for the position of Communications & Design Coordinator. Working with the organization’s management and curatorial staff, the Communications & Design Coordinator will be responsible for designing and executing the communications and marketing program for all Tangled activities and events including Tangled Art Gallery programming. This position will play a vital role in growing the Tangled audience at the local and national levels during a period of significant growth and interest in disability arts.

The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational and multitasking skills, and a talent for effective interpersonal communication with a variety of groups including media, internal staff, partner organizations, artists, audiences, volunteers and people with a variety of access needs. Graphic design skills, an interest in writing, and an understanding of the disability arts sector are a must.

For more information: http://www.workinculture.ca/The-Job-Board/jobs/Communications-Design-Coordinator-(1)

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Wilcocks Commons Open House
Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Sidney Smith Hall Lobby

We would like to invite University students, faculty, staff and public to an open house to view and comment on the concept design for the revitalization of Willcocks Street. Over the course of the past few months, the consultant team DTAH has been leading the design and exercise of reimagining this important urban landscape on campus. As the concept design phase is wrapping up, we are asking the community to come out to this event to view and provide input on this proposal. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

http://willcockscommon.utoronto.ca/engagement-upcoming-events/

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [October 5, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disability Students
  • SBA Adovcacy Committee Meeting
  • Craft Afternoon
  • Pride is Political. Pride is Black – Postphoned

Community Events and Resources

  • Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting
  • Women’s Talking Circle
  • Accessibility Camp TO! – Register Now
  • Drop In Elder hours at OISE
  • Wheel Dance
  • Communications and Design Coordinator – Job Opportunity
  • Wilcocks Commons Open House

SBA Programming and Events

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy a meal with us, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:

Edgar-Andre Montigny Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Nick Hill, Disability Law Intensive Program, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student

– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations

– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students

– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday October 21, 2016

Time: 1pm-3pm

Location: 252 Bloor Street West (OISE) room 5240, 5th floor

Everyone welcome!

Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.

Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

A light lunch including vegan and gluten-free options will be served at 12:30pm. Please join us for lunch prior to the workshop.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

 


 

SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join us for our next Advocacy Committee Meeting and learn more about SBA’s campaigns and how you can get involved! New members are always welcome!

Date: Thursday October 20, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Room 924 on the 9th floor

Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the meeting room.

Please note that the SBA centre is a scent-free space.

Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.


 

Craft Afternoon

Join us for another SBA Crafternoon on Thursday October 13th from 4:30-6:30pm in room 924 at 215 Huron Street. Cookies, tea, and much knitting and colouring! If you arrive after 5:30, call our office at 416 967 7322 and we can let you into the building.

All gender washroom on the 9th floor and please note that we are a scent free space.

Pride is Political. Pride is Black 

Details to come! Questions/Concerns: please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com


Community Events and Resources

Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting

Join us for the first planning meeting for the Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds (ROBAM) Conference!

At this point, we have booked the Ryerson Student Centre for Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 for the Conference. This will be an opportunity to talk about everything and anything for the conference.

Monday, October 17, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm
Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street
SCC311-B, Third Floor, Directly across from the elevators

The organisers strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for its members. If we require additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please e-mail equity@rsuonline.ca. Tokens will be available for meeting participants.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318851015138129/

AGENDA

Suggested agenda (open to modifications and additions):
1. Introductions
2. Review of 2015 and 2016 Conference
3. Goal Setting & Brainstorm for 2017 Conference
4. Draft Timeline for 2017 Conference
5. Initial Task Delegation

The Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds Conference was initially hosted at Ryerson University in 2012. In 2014, student groups and campus/community activists from Ryerson University, York University, University of Toronto and George Brown College came together to imagine an inter-campus conference that brought together disability community activists, service providers, academics, and everybody in between. This is the second year of the Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds Inter-University Conference.


 

Women’s Talking Circle

Join TYRMC Senator Constance Simmonds, Elise St. Germain, and Sheila LaRoque on Thursday, October 13th at Native Child and Family Services (30 College Street) for a potluck dinner, teachings on the Falling Leaves Moon and an evening of discussion on full moon ceremony, feasting our ancestors, Métis women’s health and well-being. Bring a family story you would like to share.

Please contact Elise to RSVP and let us know what dish you can bring (remember your feast plates!): 
(416) 994 – 1705 / elise.stgermain@mail.utoronto.ca

Want more updates? Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1912509512310032/


 

Accessibility Camp TO! – Register Now

Date and Location: Saturday November 5th, 2016 @ 9am. OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto (map).

5 presentation tracks / 25 presentations / 250 people. This is the camp’s 6th-year!

#a11yTO Camp has always welcomed new people to the accessibility community. With that in mind, we’re going to shake things up this year by trying something new. Our 2016 camp will feature a theme: “Get to know us!”

And by “us” we don’t only mean Accessibility Toronto. Rather we’re aiming to include everyone. We encourage you to take time to better understand what it means to be part of the community and what we’re all striving for as passionate, inclusive web developers and users.

For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.accessibilitycampto.org/

About Accessibility Camp TO

Our mission is to connect people on digital accessibility solutions. It is an opportunity for accessibility professionals (new and experienced) who wouldn’t otherwise meet to come together and share ideas, solutions, techniques, case studies and more in an open, relaxed, informal environment.

Focusing on users with different abilities, sessions cover digital accessibility topics from the web (technical to tactical), desktop software, mobile apps, eLearning, online gaming, open source innovations, wearables and everything in between. Watch this brief video from the first #a11yTO Camp to get a feel for what to expect during the day. Also, video recordings from past camps are available.

Regardless of your level of knowledge, this event is for you. It will be a great opportunity for members of the design/development, usability, accessibility, IT and disabled end-user communities to interact and learn from each other. We recommend you browse the Frequently Asked Questions, especially if you have never attended a participant-driven BarCamp/unconference before.

Please support the event with a $10 suggested donation at the door on the day of the event. Your donation will help cover the costs for miscellaneous expenses – materials, food, etc.

Please follow event updates on Twitter via @a11yto or the hashtag #a11yto.Wheel Dance!


 

Drop In Elder Hours at OISE

Elder Cat Criger & Traditional Ojibwe Kokomis/Teacher, Jacqui Lavalley
are available once a week for students, staff, and faculty to drop-in.

Hours of Availability: Fridays from 9:00am-5:00pm

Cat Criger: 9:00am-1:00pm
Jacqui Lavalley: 1:00pm-5:00pm

October drop-in sessions with Jacqui will have a focus on asemaa (tobacco)

Location: OISE, 7th floor, room 7-230 Drop-ins welcome
or Book an appointment

Contact Julie Blair at: ien@utoronto.ca


 

Wheel Dance!

Learn Latin Dance in a comfortable and accessible environment. Classes will cover the basic elements of partner dancing, with an emphasis on basic patterns, turns and timing, moving across the dance floor, and having fun. A mixed abilities class – everyone welcome. Bring a partner or come on your own.

October 16th – November 20th

January 8 – February 12

12-1pm

$70 per session, $10 per class]

Where: Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave at Bloor

Call: 416-924-6200 ext 0 to register or email wheeldance@outlook.com for more information.


 

Communications & Design Coordinator

Date Posted: Oct 03, 2016

Salary: 32,000 Salary

Province: Ontario

Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Part-time

Organization Description

Tangled Art + Disability is a not for profit arts organization and forum for creative and artistic excellence that serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for bringing together professional artists, emerging artists and arts and cultural organizations and a diverse public. Tangled Art + Disability uses the power of art as a transforming medium to enhance the understanding and acceptance that people with disabilities can and do make significant contributions to all aspects of society, in particular the arts and an evolving cultural sector.

Job Description

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
Communications & Design Coordinator
Tangled Art + Disability
October 2016
Part-time (3.5 days/week)
$32,000 Salary
One-year contract with potential for renewal
Some evening and weekend work is required

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities. Through this work, we aim to create a new standard of excellence in the arts by prioritizing inclusivity through accessible curatorial, programming, and art making practices.

Tangled is inviting applications for the position of Communications & Design Coordinator. Working with the organization’s management and curatorial staff, the Communications & Design Coordinator will be responsible for designing and executing the communications and marketing program for all Tangled activities and events including Tangled Art Gallery programming. This position will play a vital role in growing the Tangled audience at the local and national levels during a period of significant growth and interest in disability arts.

The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational and multitasking skills, and a talent for effective interpersonal communication with a variety of groups including media, internal staff, partner organizations, artists, audiences, volunteers and people with a variety of access needs. Graphic design skills, an interest in writing, and an understanding of the disability arts sector are a must.

For more information: http://www.workinculture.ca/The-Job-Board/jobs/Communications-Design-Coordinator-(1)


 

Wilcocks Commons Open House
Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Sidney Smith Hall Lobby

We would like to invite University students, faculty, staff and public to an open house to view and comment on the concept design for the revitalization of Willcocks Street. Over the course of the past few months, the consultant team DTAH has been leading the design and exercise of reimagining this important urban landscape on campus. As the concept design phase is wrapping up, we are asking the community to come out to this event to view and provide input on this proposal. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

http://willcockscommon.utoronto.ca/engagement-upcoming-events/

 

Picture of the Students for Barrier-Free Access Logo. Logo includes 3 people on the left hand side of the banner holding up signs with the following symbols, Sign Language logo, a person using a wheelchair, a person using a cane.

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy a meal with us, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:
Edgar-Andre Montigny Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Nick Hill, Disability Law Intensive Program, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday October 21, 2016
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: 252 Bloor Street West (OISE) room 5240, 5th floor

Everyone welcome!
Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

A light lunch including vegan and gluten-free options will be served at 12:30pm. Please join us for lunch prior to the workshop.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com