Category Archives: SBA News & Events

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.

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/

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.

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/

Zine Making Workshop

Join RyeACCESS and Students for Barrier-free Access for a Zine-Making Workshop!

Participants in the workshop will have an opportunity to learn about zine making, as well as create their own. All materials will be provided. No previous experience necessary.

This workshop is open to members of the RyeACCESS community, the SBA community, and the wider Mad/Disabled community. QT BIPOC Mad/Disabled folks are centered.

ACCESS INFO:
This workshop is free to attend.
Food and drinks, including vegan and gluten free options, will be provided.
The workshop will be held in an accessible room.
Accessible multi-stall and single stall all gender washrooms are located on the same floor as the event space.
Please arrive to the event fragrance free.

LOCATION:
55 Gould St, Toronto ON. M5B 1E9. Margaret Laurence Room, 2nd Floor.