SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [April 25, 2017)

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
  • Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
  • Family Matters is Back!
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists

Job Opportunities

  • SGDO Summer Work-Study Positions
  • Web Accessibility Assistant

SBA Programming and Events

Crafternoon

Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!

Date: Thursday May 4th, 2017

Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5pm, please call 416 967 7322

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences is the start of a deeper conversation around increasing the accessibility of the sciences for students with disabilities. The book provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each chapter features research and best practices that are interwoven with experiential narratives.

The book is reflective of the diversity of STEM disciplines (life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics), and is also reflective of cross-disability perspectives (physical, sensory, learning, mental health, chronic medical and developmental disabilities).

It is a useful resource for STEM faculty and university administrators working with students with disabilities, as well as STEM industry professionals interested in accommodating employees with disabilities.

Who Is It For?

University faculty, science educators in secondary school, special education teachers (including teachers of the blind and visually impaired), academic administrators, disability office staff, students with disabilities, and industry professionals in STEM and related disciplines. Additional target audiences include related academic and professional organizations as well as those involved in professional development training and workshops.

Synopsis:

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences…
•    Discusses the barriers faced by students with disabilities interested in pursing education, training and careers in the sciences
•    Highlights some of the challenges faced by students with disabilities around trailblazing in STEM, including mental health issues
•    Offers a global perspective on making education, research or work spaces accessible for students with disabilities in the STEM fields
•    Discusses best practices on accommodating and supporting students and demonstrates how these practices can be translated across disciplines
•    Enhances faculty and educator knowledge of inclusive teaching practices, adaptive equipment, accessibility features, and accommodations in science laboratories, which would enable the safe participation of students with disabilities
•    Provides advice for students with disabilities on disclosure and mentoring

How To Find It

Online at:

https://www.elsevier.com/books/creating-a-culture-of-accessibility-in-the-sciences/sukhai/978-0-12-804037-9#utm_source=SciTech%20Connect&utm_medium=lifesci&utm_campaign=STC317

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=472

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Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool2017

Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
#BlackLivesMatter-TO is creating educational resources for #BlackLivesMatter Freedom School, a 3-week long summer program for children aged 4-10 running this July. Freedom School is a response to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. The money raised by this campaign will pay Black artists to create much needed educational resources for young children. It will also go towards programming costs.
Click Here for Support!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-blmtofreedomschool-2017#/

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Family Matters is Back!

Family Matters is back!

WHEN: Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Family Matters is a workshop series by and for queer and trans spectrum young people. We use:

  • grounding exercises
  • self-care practices
  • community-building activities
  • group discussions
  • and expressive-arts techniques

To imagine and create lives that are supported by relationships where we can be our whole selves!

Our location is wheelchair accessible with gender-neutral washrooms.

Tokens and vegan, gluten-free, nut-free dinner provided.

Accommodations available upon request by March 31

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Contact: Ainsley @ 416 968 3422 ext. 21

ainsley@springtideresources.org

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

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Job Opportunities


SGDO SUMMER 2017 WORK-STUDY POSITIONS

Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon)

CLN Job ID: 94626

 

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is hiring two Programming & Events Assistants for the 2017 summer session. These work-study positions are open to all registered undergraduate and graduate students (i.e. domestic and international students, and students studying on a part-time basis) with at least a 40% course load continuously from May to August. Check here for full eligibility criteria.

 

Eligible students are able to work a maximum of 12 hours per week, up to a total of 90 hours from May 15th to August 14th. Only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) is the University of Toronto’s tri-campus resource for LGBTQ communities and information.  As a part of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, you will work with students and staff members and play an active role in our summer programming and Office initiatives. This is a really great opportunity to gain skills in project management and event administration by working on LGBTQ and equity initiatives at the University of Toronto. This position will have a particular focus on:

  • U of T Pride
  • U of T Pride Pub
  • Lead with Pride: Executive Jumpstart
  • Program & event planning for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Other events, leadership development opportunities, and office work as needed

Applications are due to Kathy Vi Mac, SGDO Program Coordinator, by Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).  Please attach a cover letter with your résumé, outlining relevant experiences and why you want to work with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office in this role.
Read more about these positions online.

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Web Accessibility Assistant (Job ID: 94214) | 1 position – Using knowledge of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 this person will help lead a pilot project to review the accessibility of a selection of websites. The successful applicant will work with the AODA Officer and various communications teams to devise a plan to identify, review and update websites to meet web accessibility standards. They will also help the AODA Officer to develop resources to assist web communications teams to create accessible content. The ideal student will be committed to furthering skills in the area of web accessibility, project management, and design thinking. A full job description can be found in the Career Learning Network by searching for the job ID number.

 

In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be registered in a 40% course load for the Summer term.
  • Students are permitted to accept ONE Work Study position per program period.
  • Students registered in the Toronto School of Theology are not eligible for Work Study positions.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for Work Study
  • Students do NOT have to be OSAP eligible to apply for Work Study positions.

 

Students must submit their application through the Career Learning Network by Friday 5 May, 2017.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [April 18th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Crafternoon
  • Monthly Lunch
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Successful Black Women in the Academy
  • Fighting Racism in the Age of Trump
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists
SBA Programming and Events
 
Crafternoon
 
Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!
 
Date: Thursday April 20th, 2017
 
Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.
 
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322
 

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Monthly Lunch

Join us for another monthly lunch at the SBA Centre! There will be vegan and gluten-free options available. All gender washrooms on the same floor.

Date: Monday April 27th, 2017

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Location: 215 Huron St., Suite 924

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources

Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain
 
On April 20 from 6-8pm in the OISE Nexus Lounge, on the 12th floor. Join the OISE Black Women’s Caucus, and  the OISE Graduate Students’ Association for a panel speaker session on how black women can navigate the terrain around them. The speaker list includes: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, Humber College, Dr. Andrea Davis, York University, Dr. Ann Lopez, OISE/UT, Dr. Delores V. Mullings, Memorial University, and Dr. Roberta Timothy, Continuing Healing Consultants. For more information, contact Janelle Brady at: janelle.baptiste.brady@mail.utoronto.ca

 
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Fight Racism in the Age of Trump
 

The election of Donald Trump in the US has emboldened the racist right in the US and around the world. In Canada, conservative leadership candidates have stoked the fires of bigotry and the result has been an increase in racist attacks here. But they can be stopped. The outpourings of solidarity against racist attacks have shown that public opinion stands strongly against hate.

Join us for this public forum to discuss strategies to build a broad movement to defeat the bigots.

Speakers

Weyman Bennett
Co-convenor – Stand Up to Racism UK

Nigel Barriffe
President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Chantal Sundaram
International Socialists

Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto

This forum is part of the Marxism 2017 conference

For more information or to register please see: www.marxismconference.ca

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

 

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [April 10th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Office Closures
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the Lines
  • APUS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC – Two Dates Left
SBA Programming and Events
The Muslims Are Coming!
 
This event is the second in a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

DateTuesday April 18th, 2017

Time1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info 

 
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Office Closures

Please note that the SBA centre will be closed on the following dates:

Friday April 14th, 2017 – All Day

Monday April 17th, 2017 – All Day

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources

BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the Lines

Presented by: Community Action Centre at the Student Association of George Brown College 


ZAMI – A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde

As part of our Black History Month Extended, we will be reading from Audre Lorde’s Zami.

LOCATION:
Community Action Centre, 165B (St. James Campus)
George Brown College
200 King Street East, Toronto, ON

TIME:
5:30pm-7:30pm


Limited copies of the book is FREE for pickup at the Community Action Centre.
Questions/Accommodations: international@sagbc.ca
or message Rain Ing

bit.ly/BIPOCbooksApr13

Bio:
A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her poetry, and “indeed all of her writing,” according to contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, “rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.” Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman,” thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives. While the widespread critical acclaim bestowed upon Lorde for dealing with lesbian topics made her a target of those opposed to her radical agenda, she continued, undaunted, to express her individuality, refusing to be silenced. As she told interviewer Charles H. Rowell in Callaloo: “My sexuality is part and parcel of who I am, and my poetry comes from the intersection of me and my worlds… [White, arch-conservative senator] Jesse Helms’s objection to my work is not about obscenity…or even about sex. It is about revolution and change.” Fighting a battle with cancer that she documented in her highly acclaimed Cancer Journals (1980), Lorde died of the illness in 1992.

Colour Between the Lines is a BIPOC Book Group centering readings by authors of colour. We enter the discussions from an intersectional, decolonial anti-oppressive framework. We will read from a diverse range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, etc. Potential authors on the book list: bell hooks, Marjane Sartrapi, Audre Lorde, and more.

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APUS Annual General Meeting
 
All part-time undergraduate students may attend the AGM on April 6th, 2017 at 5pm. Members will hear updates form the APUS Executive, review APUS’ financial statements and by-law changes, and appoint our auditors for the next year. ASL interpretation, live captioning, and refreshments will be provided. For meeting agenda, and financial statements, please visit apus.ca/agm. If you have any accessibility requests, please email vpinternal@apus.ca
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC

The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC) is launching a City of Toronto-funded project to provide new self-advocacy tools, resources and training for people with disabilities seeking employment. This peer engagement project will equip people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to better advocate for equal access to employment services, programs and opportunities.

Project activities include identifying barriers, gathering and developing advocacy resources, education and training. Project outcomes include participants being able to present a case for inclusion in employment services and programs.

Project participants will consist of persons with different disabilities from diverse groups including women, youth, seniors, ethno-racial minorities, and LGBTQ community members, among others, who are unemployed or under-employed. They are invited to join two parts of the project:

 1.    Focus Groups in five regions of the Toronto Area: Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, East York/Beaches, and Etobicoke/West Toronto.

2.    Five education/training sessions, developed from their recommendations, to be led by Subject Matter Experts.

 For more information, including dates, times and location of focus group please review attachment.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [April 4th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – TODAY!
  • #AllOut4GC
  • Crafternoon
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Office Closures
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • IEN/ISSU Games Night and End of Term Social
  • BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the Lines
  • APUS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
SBA Programming and Events
Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – TODAY!

Join the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee for a discussion on U of T’s new Sexual Violence Policy, and the University’s goals for the education and prevention of sexual violence.

The Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence at U of T  is currently holding consultations to gather student feedback and recommendations on their sexual violence education and training program on campus. Come join us in discussing the content that you would like to see the Expert Panel prioritize.

Some of the questions we would like to address include:

1.     What is the SV Policy?
2.     Why was it created?
3.     What would members want to see prioritized in the University’s sexual violence education and prevention training modules?
4.     What would meaningful support for disabled and mad survivors of violence look like in areas of sexual violence education and training on campus?

Students for Barrier-free Access is a student-led disability justice organization that has been actively advocating for a more inclusive Sexual Violence policy and Centre for Sexual Violence Support and Education at the University of Toronto. We are committed to working towards ending campus rape culture.

Please note that while this event is open to all disabled and mad survivors of violence, we seek to centre the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous and POC disabled and mad survivors. We ask that event attendees be mindful of the space that they are taking in the discussion and support the collective in creating a respectful and meaningful community dialogue.

Date: Tuesday April 4th, 2017

Location: Room 702, (246 Bloor Street West, Social Work Building)

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event.  TTC tokens available.  Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you require ASL or Live Captioning to participate in this event, or if you have any other access needs, please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com by Thursday March 30, 2017.—————————————–

 
#AllOut4GC
 

As university students, educators, and community members, we want to see quality public education that is accessible to all. As students and workers at this University, it is up to us to defend the right to education and better working conditions and build the University we want to see.

FIGHT THE FEES

UofT’s Governing Council is voting on tuition fee increases for students on April 4, 2017. Students at UofT pay among the highest tuition fees in the country on average. Over 50% of students across UofT rely on OSAP and many work multiple part-time and full-time jobs to fund their education. High tuition fees and student debt disproportionately affect low-income, disabled, racialized, and indigenous learners. International students are made to pay the difference for government underfunding. The high cost of education is a significant cause of student distress.

FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS

Many students and workers at the University make less than a living wage. The University of Toronto can afford to pay all students and staff who make this University a world-class institution a living wage. This includes Scarborough Campus cafeteria workers currently on strike to end poverty wages.

On April 4, 2017, we are calling on Governors to:

  • Vote NO to all proposed tuition fee increases

  • Commit to ensuring a $15/hour minimum wage across the University

JOIN US – RALLY AT SIMCOE HALL

April 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

27 King’s College

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Questions, endorsements or accessibility requests? Email: fightthefees@apus.ca.

For more details, check out the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/653595788157954/

Endorsed by:

Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS of the UofT)

Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)

University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)

Canadian Federation of Students’ Ontario

University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union

Unite Here Local 75

CUPE 3902

United Steelworkers Local 1998

The Free Tuition Coalition

African Students Association UofT

CUPE 3907

Black Students’ Association of UofT

LGBTOUT

Students for Barrier-free Access

More info:

APRIL 4 – FIGHT THE FEES, FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS RALLY

UofT’s Governing Council will be voting on tuition fee increases for all domestic and international, undergraduate and graduate students at its meeting on April 4, 2017. Proposed tuition fee increases for incoming undergraduate students range from 3-5%, while continuing students will face increases of between 5-9%. For incoming graduate students in professional programs, increases range between 2-15%, with 2-5% increases for continuing students. Notably, the Governing Council is proposing to decrease tuition for domestic students in doctoral-stream programs by 1%, but international students in the same cohort will face 5% increases.

Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees amongst students across the country. International students often face the brunt of tuition fee increases with lesser access to financial aid and job opportunities. Higher fees are also resulting in more students taking on high levels of debt, as well as turning to precarious work. We know that students work multiple part-time and full-time jobs to fund their education and over half of students at the University rely on OSAP. Many students – including work study students – make less than a living wage. The University of Toronto can afford to pay all students and staff who make this University a world-class institution a living wage. This includes Scarborough Campus cafeteria workers currently on strike to end poverty wages. Governing Council also has a responsibility to make sure all workers have access to a safe working environment. Recently, concerns regarding asbestos exposure have also been raised by staff and students at the St.George campus.

The high cost of education is increasingly taking a toll on the mental health of our students. Students continue to be made to shoulder the burden of high tuition fees while simultaneously paying ancillary fees to access mental resources on campus. Higher tuition fees also disproportionately affect low-income, disabled, racialized and indigenous learners.

Students, staff and faculty are calling on Governors to vote no to all proposed tuition fee increases. As university students, educators, and community members, we share a goal to see a system of post-secondary education that high quality, that is public, and is accessible to all. We also want to see all students and staff of the University make a $15/hour minimum wage. As students and workers at this University, we are at the forefront in the struggle over its future. It’s time for us to come together and defend the right to education and better working conditions.

RALLY AT SIMCOE HALL

April 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

27 King’s College

 
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Crafternoon
 
Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!
 
Date: Thursday April 6th, 2017
 
Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.
 
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322
 

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The Muslims Are Coming!
 
This event is the second in a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

DateTuesday April 18th, 2017

Time1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info

 
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Office Closures

Please note that the SBA centre will be closed on the following dates:

Friday April 7th, 2017 – All Day

Friday April 14th, 2017 – All Day

Monday April 17th, 2017 – All Day

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources
IEN/ISSU Games Night and End of Term Social

Join the Indigenous Education Network and the Indigenous Studies Students’ Union for and end of term social and games night on Wednesday April 5th from 6-8pm at OISE in the 12th floor Nexus Lounge.

 

Indigenous language games provided by Ciimaan/Kahuwe’ya/Qajak. Food and refreshments provided.
Date: Wednesday April 5th, 6-8pm
Location: OISE 12th Floor Nexus Lounge
There will be Indigenous themed games, language games, colouring, and snacks.
Hosted  by the Indigenous Education  Network &  the Indigenous  Studies  Students’ Union. Indigenous  language  games  provided by Ciimaan/Kahuwe’ya/Qajak
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BIPOC Book Group: Colour Between the LinesPresented by: Community Action Centre at the Student Association of George Brown College


ZAMI – A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde
As part of our Black History Month Extended, we will be reading from Audre Lorde’s Zami.

LOCATION:
Community Action Centre, 165B (St. James Campus)
George Brown College
200 King Street East, Toronto, ON

TIME:
5:30pm-7:30pm


Limited copies of the book is FREE for pickup at the Community Action Centre.
Questions/Accommodations: international@sagbc.ca
or message Rain Ing
bit.ly/BIPOCbooksApr13

Bio:
A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her poetry, and “indeed all of her writing,” according to contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, “rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.” Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman,” thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives. While the widespread critical acclaim bestowed upon Lorde for dealing with lesbian topics made her a target of those opposed to her radical agenda, she continued, undaunted, to express her individuality, refusing to be silenced. As she told interviewer Charles H. Rowell in Callaloo: “My sexuality is part and parcel of who I am, and my poetry comes from the intersection of me and my worlds… [White, arch-conservative senator] Jesse Helms’s objection to my work is not about obscenity…or even about sex. It is about revolution and change.” Fighting a battle with cancer that she documented in her highly acclaimed Cancer Journals (1980), Lorde died of the illness in 1992.Colour Between the Lines is a BIPOC Book Group centering readings by authors of colour. We enter the discussions from an intersectional, decolonial anti-oppressive framework. We will read from a diverse range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, etc. Potential authors on the book list: bell hooks, Marjane Sartrapi, Audre Lorde, and more.

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APUS Annual General Meeting
 
All part-time undergraduate students may attend the AGM on April 6th, 2017 at 5pm. Members will hear updates form the APUS Executive, review APUS’ financial statements and by-law changes, and appoint our auditors for the next year. ASL interpretation, live captioning, and refreshments will be provided. For meeting agenda, and financial statements, please visit apus.ca/agm. If you have any accessibility requests, please email vpinternal@apus.ca