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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.

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 sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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.

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/818923405112039/

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 sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with any questions or if you need detailed directions to the SBA Centre.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/532265877277598/

 

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

 

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for an informational workshop 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 session is for you! Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, have a snack, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

 

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Brief introduction to disability justice

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student

– Navigating academic accommodations

– Self-advocacy tips generated by our student community

– Introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students

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

 

Date: Wednesday September 19, 2017

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: TBD

 

Free! Everyone welcome!

Wheelchair accessible.

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

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

If you require ASL interpretation for this workshop please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com by September 4, 2018.

This workshop is part of a series of events for DisOrientation 2018 Our Voices, Our Time held from Wednesday September 12 – Saturday September 30.

For more information about DisOrientation and the full schedule of events, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/286783058779124/