Winter ASL 101 classes with SBA – Registration Now Open!

With the support of ASSU, Students for Barrier-Free Access will be hosting introductory ASL (American Sign Language) classes for Winter/Spring 2019, taught by Tamyka Bullen! (Teacher Bio to come)
  • Are you excited to learn a new language?
  • Do you want to increase your ability to communicate with members of your community, family, school program or friend groups who use ASL?
  • Do you want to learn about Deaf culture and Deaf History?
This class is for you!Access information:
Class will be held in a classroom on campus that is wheelchair accessible, with gender neutral, single stall accessible washrooms on the same floor as the classroom. Light snacks (including vegan and gluten free) will be provided.

Once you are registered for the class, you will receive detailed information about the location and any other specific access information.

Classes will run weekly every Friday (except during reading week), starting on  February 15 and ending on April 12, 2019 from 7pm-8pm. If you know that you would have to miss 3 or more classes, please consider being added to the priority list for the next round of classes instead, allowing the limited spaces to be filled efficiently and the opportunity to get the most out of your introductory ASL class.

Classes are FREE and open to all students, staff, and faculty and UofT community members! Priority will be given to folks who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour, Disabled, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Mad folks – Please feel free to self identify when you email to register.

Space is limited to 12 students – if you are interested, email to put yourself on the list!

BONUS: Interested in volunteering to help with set up and cleanup for the class? SBA staff needs one volunteer who can arrive to class each week at 6:30 to help set up, and stay to help clean up until 8:30 at the latest. This volunteer will be provided with TTC tokens to and from class as compensation.

Workshop: Disability Justice in Academia – February 15th, 2019 3pm -5pm

Join Students for Barrier-free Access for an introductory workshop on Disability Justice in Academia. The first part of this workshop will introduce the basic principles of a Disability Justice approach and framework. This will be followed by a discussion on how a Disability Justice framework can be used to understand the nuanced ways in which ableism shapes students’ experiences in academia. We will talk about topics such as experiencing writing blocks, ‘imposter syndrome’, code-switching, and the disproportionate labour (emotional and bureaucratic) that disabled and mad students engage in to navigate post-secondary institutions.

Date: Friday February 15
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: TBD
Facilitator: Kayla Carter (bio below)

This workshop is open to all! Priority spots are being held for U of T community members who identify with disability and/or madness, and that identify as BIPOC, Queer and Trans.

Registration is required. To register please contact Nadia at

Accessibility Info:
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
If you require ASL interpretation to attend this workshop please contact us by February 1st.
Please note that this will be a fragrance-free space.

Light refreshment provided! Vegan, gluten-free options available.
TTC Tokens provided.

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Facilitator Bio:

Kayla Carter is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, healer and a self- proclaimed “not so well behaved femme.”

Currently based in Tkaronto ( Toronto ) Kayla is a black, queer, femme survivor who is of Jamaican, Cuban, Maroon and Taino ancestry. Kayla’s work focuses on youth mental health, ancestral worship, self-love, trauma, queerness, race, reproductive healing and what it means to be unabashedly human.

An internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist, her play For Fried Plantains premiered at the National Arts Centre of Canada and as described as ‘beautifully haunting’.

She would like to thank her ancestors and remind them that their lives were not in vain.

Letter Writing Party – Thursday February 7th, 2019 3pm – 5pm

Have you heard about the Ontario government’s changes to OSAP and the collection of ancillary fees? Not sure what these changes mean, how they might impact you, your community, or what you can do about it? Need space to ask questions or vent?

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS) on Thursday February 7 for a letter writing party.

We will have information available about these changes and their potential impact on students, and the student-led organizations that serve you. Help us show the Ontario government how these changes will impact students by sending a letter to your MPP.

We will have template letters available, or you can write your own.

Date: Thursday February 7, 2019

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, suite 924

Access Info:

Letter writing materials will be provided. Students can also use the SBA Centre Computer Lab to write and submit their letters.

The SBA Centre has a fully accessible computer lab with the following adaptive software: JAWS, Kurzweil, ZoomText and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Accessible single-user all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the SBA Centre. Gendered multi-stall washrooms are also located on the same floor.

Tea, coffee and snacks (including vegan and gluten free options) will be provided.

Please note that SBA is a fragrance free space.

Please contact Nadia at with any questions or if you need detailed directions to the SBA Centre.

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