Crafternoon Exam De-stressor – Come Paint with SBA!

Thursday April 11th, 2019 Drop-In from 5pm-8pm

Take a break from studying to release some tension and express yourself with paint!

options include and are definitely not limited to:

-acrylic painting on canvas boards, paper, wood, and even fabric (with use of fabric medium it will be washable!)

-watercolour painting on paper, notecards, colouring book sheets

-building a collaborative painting on banner paper

-warm up to painting with just water on our magical drying banner

Access Information:

If you require ASL interpretation for this event, please contact as soon as possible.

SBA is located at 215 Huron street on the 9th floor, suite #924. The building has 2 elevators, both working at time of initial event posting.

Any elevator service alerts around the dates of these events will be posted to this event page as soon as information is available, as well as on our twitter account (@sbacentre).

This is a drop-in event, so feel free to come by for some or all of the time

*NOTE: The front door of our building locks at 5:30pm. If you do arrive after 5:30pm, you will need to call the centre phone at 416-967-7322 and someone will come downstairs and let you in.

Gendered multi-stall washrooms as well as one non-gendered single-stall accessible washroom are located on the same floor as the event space.

A private quiet space is available down the hall.

Folks are always welcome to come hang out and work on any other crafts or just chill if the social part is what you’re looking for but don’t want to paint!

SBA is a fragrance free space, so please arrive scent free and bring any clothing items you wish to work on washed with fragrance free detergent. Soaking items in water mixed with vinegar or baking soda before a fragrance free wash can help reduce scents from previous washings with scented products. For more disability-justice-based information on going fragrance free, visit

Redefining and Reframing Masculinity: A Workshop for Trans, Non-Binary and Two Spirit Folks

We ask cis identified people to please respect the fact that this is a closed space and not come. If you would like to support you may show it by sharing the Facebook event with your networks.

*2S/Trans/NB people referred to below includes but is not limited to people who identify as Genderqueer, Two spirit, Trans women, Trans men, Non binary, intersex, Agender, Demigender, Twin-gendered, Bigender, Gender-Questioning people and people who have experienced cissexism. 

Join us for a workshop exploring the concept of masculinity as embodied by 2S/Trans/NB people. We will engage in knowledge sharing and dialogue around the ways in which 2S/Trans/NB people on the masculine spectrum embody masculinity outside the limits of the white colonial heteropatriarchal system. How have other intersections of our identities (race, disability), the ways we present ourselves and the ways we are viewed by others impacted our expression of masculinity? We will also focus on critical conversations regarding how we engage with femininity and femme identified people. How do we actively support the creation of safer spaces with femme identified members of our community? How can we critically look at femme burnout and how we as people on the masculine spectrum contribute to this burn out? 

Although this workshop centers 2S/Trans/NB people on the masculine spectrum 2S/Trans/NB people who do not identify with masculinity are welcome to join us. This space will include both BIPOC and white identified 2S/Trans/NB people, however, we will be prioritizing BIPOC people in this space. We ask white people who attend this workshop to be mindful of how much and the ways in which you are take up space. 

Facilitator Bio: Makai Imani is an Afro-Caribbean community educator and facilitator. His work includes anti-oppression trainings, trans inclusion education, identity based facilitated discussion spaces around gender, sexuality, masculinity, community and connections to culture. Makai has worked in post-secondary equity spaces in campaigns, peer support and group facilitation roles, and currently works at a community health organization in programming for masculine identified youth. 

Date: Friday March 29, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. -8: 00 p.m.

Location: TBA

Registration is required. Please follow this link to register

Access Information

Refreshments will be provided! Vegan, gluten-free options available.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

TTC Tokens available upon request. 

If you require ASL interpretation to attend this workshop please contact us by March 15th.

We politely request that attendees refrain from wearing scented products as this will be a scent-free space.

BIPOC and NB/Trans identified (peer) active listeners will be available throughout the workshop 

Contact Information 

For more information and access need please contact Nadia at

About Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA)

Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto is a disabled and mad student led non-profit that works from a Disability Justice framework. SBA advocates for equity, access, and the removal of barriers to access in post-secondary institutions, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  SBA operates a drop-in centre with bookable a study/meeting room, an accessible computer lab, and a social space for students and community members. Through our campaigns, programming, workshops, and events we challenge systemic ableism and barriers to accessing post-secondary education.

OPIRG Toronto 

OPIRG Toronto is a student led social and environmental justice group. We carry out education, advocacy and research work on and provide services and resources specifically for marginalized people and communities across Toronto. We do this through free skills based workshops and trainings, low barrier crisis funds and action group funding, community led grassroots research initiatives, publishing opportunities, running peer support circles specifically focused on and led by QT and BIPOC community members and through autonomous collectives like our TRACX community research collective and Action Speaks Louder publication

Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T (CWTP U of T) 

The Centre for Women and Trans People is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free drop in space for all women and trans people on campus. We provide free support, referrals, resources and advocacy on issues of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, violence, health and poverty through our workshops, events, services and programming.

Drop-in peer support space for Muslim identified community members.

Sba Centre and the Centre for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto will be holding space next week created by our Muslim staff for our Muslim identified community to access one to one peer support. Please feel free to drop in to talk, sit in silence, and share space and snacks.

To reach out by email contact and/or

Support Hours

Tuesday March 19

Time: 1pm-6pm
Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, 563 Spadina Avenue, room 100.
Access Info: Ramp access is off Bancroft Avenue. The Centre is an accessible space. There is an accessible, single user, all gender washroom located on our floor. Please try to arrive to our space fragrance-free.

Time: 3pm-6pm
Location: Students for Barrier-free Access, 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floor.
Access Info: The SBA Centre is an accessible space. There is an accessible, single user, all gender washroom located on our floor. Please note our space is fragrance-free.

Wednesday March 20

Time: 4pm-5pm
Location: Students for Barrier-free Access, 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floor.
Access Info: The SBA Centre is an accessible space. There is an accessible, single user, all gender washroom located on our floor. Please note our space is fragrance-free.

Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, 563 Spadina Avenue, room 100.
Access Info: Ramp access is off Bancroft Avenue. The Centre is an accessible space. There is an accessible, single user, all gender washroom located on our floor. Please try to arrive to our space fragrance-free.

Disability Justice Discussion Group – March 12th, 2019 4pm-6pm

Join Students for Barrier-free Access for our Disability Justice Discussion Group. This is an opportunity for our community to engage in discussions about what disability justice means to them, and what it looks like in practice. Best of all, there are no required readings! Drop-ins and new attendees are always welcome!

At this meeting we will watch a short video together and discuss the following questions:

1. What is disability justice?
2. What does disability justice mean to you?
3. What is the starting point or premise of disability rights, versus disability justice?
4. What changes might the Ford policy bring to the student experience at U of T? How can we understand these changes and their impacts from a Disability Justice perspective?

We recognize that people contribute to conversations in many different ways and there is no expectation that Discussion Group participants engage verbally. Participating through writing, art, and silently sharing space with everyone are all very welcome.

Date: Tuesday March 12, 2019
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor

Access Info:
The SBA Centre is an accessible space. Accessible all-gender single stall washrooms are located on the same floor as the SBA Centre.
Please arrive to the event fragrance free.

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

Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities Face Devastating Impact of Ontario Provincial Government Cuts

Press release collaboration with NEADS Canada

(Ottawa, February 20, 2019)

University and college students with disabilities in Ontario and their on-campus groups are reacting with great concern over recent announcements by Merrillee Fullerton, Minister of Colleges and Universities. The result will be significant cuts and changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and massive opting out of student fees vital to students’ associations, which will seriously hurt disabled students.

“Students with disabilities generally and disabled student leaders in our community are telling us that the government’s cuts will hit marginalized students the hardest and that especially includes the thousands of disabled students that we represent in Ontario. I would like to meet with Minister Fullerton to tell her how these changes directly impact our community,” says Roxana Jahani Aval, Chairperson and Ontario Director of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) and Secretary on the Council of Canadians With Disabilities (CCD). Roxana is a student at York University, with a psychology degree currently pursuing a BA in Human Rights and Equity Studies.

Hilary Zorgdrager, Coordinator of Maccess at McMaster University in Hamilton — a busy service centre that operates with funding and support from the McMaster Students’ Union — is very worried about the impact of the cuts on students that Maccess serves: 

“Maccess provides a number of essential services including peer support and advocacy. Groups like Maccess are necessary to hold the university to account on issues of accessibility through proactive and affirmative advocacy,” stresses Hilary. “Peer support — and more broadly speaking non-medical peer-led alternatives — act as an essential complement and a valid alternative to traditional biomedical interventions. With news of mental health crises on campus and growing precarity across the province, the defunding of services for students with disabilities, by students with disabilities like Maccess will be devastating to current and future students who will be left with an under-funded student wellness centre and three month wait times.”  

Nadia Kanani, Advocacy Coordinator at Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto, a non-profit, student levy organization – known for its innovative and supportive programming — says she fears that the essential services SBA provides, such as peer support, student advocacy, and skills building workshops, will be impacted drastically: “Student led service groups benefit our communities in many ways; they provide essential community space, offer leadership and learning opportunities that prepare students for employment, and advocate for structural changes that benefit the entire university community.” She also points out that Students for Barrier-free Access is deeply concerned about, changes and cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program:

“Students for Barrier-free Access rejects the claim that the Government of Ontario’s recent changes to the OSAP program and 10% cut to tuition fees increases the accessibility of post-secondary education. Students with disabilities, and their families, incur disproportionate expenses related to increasing the accessibility of education, including, but not limited to, the cost of adaptive technologies, tutors, therapy (including occupational & physical therapy), accessible transportation, and paramedical expenses. Lowering the eligible household income for OSAP grants fails to take into account these financial burdens. While a tuition fee cut of 10% may seem like an advantage for all students, increasing reliance on student loans rather than grants will make post-secondary education even more inaccessible for students with disabilities.”

Brett Babcock, of the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) highlights the many ways his centre serves disabled students at the university, located in Ottawa:

“As the programming coordinator of the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, I am concerned about what’s at stake for students with disabilities, both physically and academically. CDAC is an essential service for students with disabilities. The Ontario government’s decision to allow college and university students to opt out of student association fees will have grave impacts on the quantity and quality of services that student service centres like CDAC offer. Moreover, if centers like CDAC lose funding altogether, there will be no party to hold institutions accountable for the decisions they make regarding accessibility.

For decades, Carleton University students with disabilities were paying annual gym membership fees for inaccessible exercise facilities. In 2015, CDAC successfully advocated for the installment of 2 accessible door openers and 4 pieces of wheelchair accessible gym equipment in Carleton’s athletics complex. Additionally, in response to Ottawa’s accessible housing crisis and the increasing number of Carleton University students with disabilities dropping out of school for financial purposes, CDAC launched its first ever Accessible Housing Bursary to support students in crisis in 2018.

Students with disabilities have fewer opportunities to get involved on University campuses, which is why student service centres like CDAC are crucial. In addition to our regular operating hours where we tend to the everyday needs of students with disabilities by offering services like peer support, assistance with eating, and free year-round mobility devices rentals (i.e., wheelchairs, crutches, white canes), CDAC fosters significant social opportunities for students with and without disabilities.”

Students’ association funded service centres like Maccess, CDAC and SBA — along with many other critical service centres, student run council offices, newspapers, radio stations and businesses — provide excellent volunteer and paid employment opportunities for countless disabled students at colleges and universities across the province. Cutting fees to democratically elected student governments will impact job-ready skills these students gain while in post-secondary studies, because of the existence of these student run centres and businesses. These skills are needed for the very competitive employment market university and college students face after graduation.

Jewelles Smith, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians With Disabilities and Advisor to the National Educational Association of Disabled Students says the Ontario government’s attacks on funding and services at Ontario’s colleges and universities are unacceptable: “I want students with disabilities in Ontario to know that the national disability movement stands with them in solidarity. We will fight these changes and cuts vigorously.”

For further information contact:

Hilary Zorgdrager, Maccess, McMaster University, tel. (905) 525-9140, ext. 26575
Nadia Kanani, Students for Barrier-free Access, University of Toronto, tel. (416) 967-7322
Brett Babcock, Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, Carleton University, tel. (613) 520-2600, ext. 6618
Roxana Jahani Aval, National Educational Association of Disabled Students, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. ext 265
Jewelles Smith, Council of Canadians With Disabilities, tel. (204) 947-0303