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Communities of Care; Peer Support Workshop Series

Do you want to develop your active listening skills? Unsure of how to respond when a friend/peer is in crisis? Looking for tools to start up your own peer support group?

Join our two-day Peer Support Workshop Series on October 19 & 20th. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

To register go to: https://forms.gle/svDJiSNnHGhVjTvb7

Peer Support Workshop 1 Learning Outcomes
– Build empathetic listening skills
– Explore different ways that people need support (e.g. non-verbal forms of support)
– Learn more about the different needs people have when they are triggered
– Understand how peer support differs from institutional support
– Learn how to start a sustainable peer support group

Peer Support Workshop 2 Learning Outcomes
– Develop conflict resolution & crisis de-escalation skills (practice with scenarios)
– Exploring/knowing your own limitations and boundaries
– Learn how to develop and set boundaries when doing peer support
– Learn how to build in peer support for your peer support team
– Learn how to provide referrals

Schedule:
October 19
11:00am-12:30pm – Anti-Oppression 201
12:30-1:00pm – lunch break
1:00-4:00pm – Peer Support Workshop 1
4:00-4:30pm – Wrap Up and Debrief

POSTPONED
11:00am-12:30pm – Intro to Disability Justice & Mad Organizing
12:30pm-1:00pm – lunch break
1:00pm – 4:00pm Peer Support Workshop 2
4:00-4:30pm – Wrap Up and Debrief

Access Information:

This is a free workshop for the U of T student community.
The workshop will be held in an accessible room & building.
There are accessible all-gender single user washrooms and gendered multi-stall washrooms in the building.
TTC Tokens will be provided.
Lunch will be provided. Vegan, gluten free lunch options will be available.

Facilitator Bio: Asam Ahmad is a poor, working-class writer, poet and community organizer living in Tkaronto. He has been facilitating trainings and workshops on anti-oppression, call-out culture, transformative justice, community accountability, food justice and body positivity, and creative writing for two decades. Asam creates spaces that help facilitate difficult and complicated conversations. His first collection of essays is forthcoming from Between the Lines Press.

Questions? Contact sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

SBA Annual General Meeting Fri. Oct. 25 6pm-8pm

Students for Barrier-free Access is a disabled and mad student led non-profit organization that advocates for the removal of barriers to access post-secondary education. 

Join us on Friday October 25, for our Annual General Meeting! Come meet our outgoing board of directors, participate in the election of our new board of directors, learn about our events and campaigns this past year, and find out how you can get involved. 

Please note that a valid Utorid is required to vote in the Board of Director elections. Past and current students are all eligible to vote.

Date: Friday October 25
Time:6pm-8pm
Location: 246 Bloor Street West, Room 702

AGM Agenda: https://bit.ly/2BlloZS

Full AGM Package: https://bit.ly/3640r3M

Proxy Authorization Form: https://bit.ly/2Bygvwh

Access Information:
The AGM is being held in an accessible building. The nearest accessible subway station is St George Subway station.
Accessible, single-stall and all-gender washroom, as well as multi-stall gendered washrooms are located on the same floor as the event. 
ASL interpretation will be available.
Live-Captioning will be available.
Refreshments, with vegan and gluten-free options, will be provided.

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

Join SBA for a Special Meeting of the Members – Friday June 28th 5-7pm

Date: Friday June 28, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: OISE UofT (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)
252 Bloor Street West
5th floor, room 5230

Access information:
Accessible entrance on Bloor Street, with ramps and a button-operated power door that opens outward
Elevator access to all floors
Accessible gender-neutral single-stall washrooms available on same floor as meeting space, as well as multi-stall gendered washrooms
ASL interpretation will be provided

If you have other access needs you would like to discuss in regards to this meeting, please contact us via email at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com or via phone in the office (Tuesday through Thursday 11am-5pm) at 416-967-7322

Meeting information:

Get updates on SBA campaigns and programs, and vote on changes to SBA bylaws and changes to our Board of Directors.

Meeting Agenda:

1. INTRODUCTION AND CALL TO ORDER

2. SBA YEAR END REPORT

3. APPROVAL OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

4. APPROVAL OF SBA CHAIR AND PRESIDENT

5. BYLAW CHANGES

BREAK

6. STUDENT CHOICE INITIATIVE UPDATE & DISCUSSION

7. STUDENT COMMONS UPDATE & DISCUSSION

8. OTHER BUSINESS

Print copies of the agenda can be picked up from the SBA Centre.


If you are a voting member* your utorID information will be required at the sign-in desk.
Light refreshments will be provided – vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options available.

*Voting eligibility:

We welcome all SBA community members to attend – please note that only those members who are UofT Students (full or part time, graduate and alumni), Staff or Faculty are eligible to vote with their utorID.

Proxy Voting:

Voting members who are unable to attend this meeting can assign a proxy (another voting members who will vote on your behalf) by filling out a proxy voting form, either by

–> downloading the form online to fill out and send back by email at the following link: Word file for online download, or

–> via online fillable form by clicking the following link: online proxy designation form, or

–> filling out a paper copy in person at the SBA centre.
All proxy forms must be submitted no later than 48 hours before the meeting (meaning on or before Wednesday June 26th at 5pm)

We look forward to coming together on the 28th and hope that you can make it!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact SBA’s Programming, Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator, Annanda, at uoftsba@gmail.com.

SBA is Hiring Two Summer Positions

Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA) is currently recruiting for two Temporary Full-time Summer Job Positions, for the duration of 9 weeks (June – August 2019).

As of June 2nd, the applications for these positions are now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Thank you to all who applied!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH ASSISTANT

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CAMPAIGNS & RESEARCH ASSISTANT


Disability Justice Discussion Group Tuesday April 9th, 2019 4pm – 6pm

Join Students for Barrier-free Access’ Disability Justice Discussion Group. For this meeting, we will be sharing exam and end of semester survival strategies, snacks & tea, and giving out care kits. 

New members are always welcome.

This is an opportunity for our community to engage in discussions about what disability justice means to them, how it relates to the university experience, and what it looks like in practice. Best of all, there are no required readings! 

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 April 9, 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.

Please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com if you have any questions/concerns, or access needs that you would like to discuss.

https://www.facebook.com/events/395304377690382/

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 uoftsba@gmail.com 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 http://brownstargirl.org/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-genius/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/877178302645795/

*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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmWeDI3FHOdRwBo3NKZbsL9ft19M5D52xjpg66TgkarHvjZg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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 sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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 coordinator.cwtp@utoronto.ca and/or sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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.

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 uoftsba@gmail.com 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.