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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:

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

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

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 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!



Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Spaces: Literary Open House

Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Spaces: Literary Open House

Date: September 26th
Time: 4pm – 7:30pm
Location: 563 Spadina Crescent (North Borden Building – Accessible Entrance & Elevator @ Rear of Building)

Literary Open House

Come to North Borden and explore, draft, read and print your way through three floors of media and literature based activities. With a focus on centering voices often left out of the conversation, OPIRG Toronto, First Nations House – University of Toronto, Indigenous Waves, Centre for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto, APUS – Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students, and the Ciimaan/Kahuwe’ya/Qajaq Indigenous language initiative at Indigenous Studies Students’ Union – University of Toronto present a night celebrating the different opportunities and resources students and community members can access through our spaces and services. Prioritizing the voices, art and media of Indigenous, POC, Disabled, Queer and Trans folks we will be hosting Research Bingo with First Nations House (scour First Nation House’s and OPIRG/CWTP’s libraries and APUS’s Student Movement Paper archives to find clues and win a prize pack!), Zine Stamping and Screen Printing with the Indigenous Language Initiative at ISSU and OPIRG, Button Making and Zine Assembly with CWTP, and lastly a Live Podcasting Radio Session featuring a special guest and the crew of Indigenous Waves!

Along with activities we will also have several social justice oriented and local grassroots publications from the UofT and surrounding community tabling and showcasing their books, zines and other art and publications! Tablers will include UC Gargoyle, Sba Centre, Shift and more! If you’d like to table for your publication as well please reach out to opirg.toronto[at] no later than September 1st

Dinner and TTC tokens provided. North Borden is an accessible building. We have an elevator to all floors and wheel chair ramp with powered door in the rear of the building

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation 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 orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy a meal with us, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:
Edgar-Andre Montigny Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Nick Hill, Disability Law Intensive Program, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday October 21, 2016
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: 252 Bloor Street West (OISE) room 5240, 5th floor

Everyone welcome!
Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

A light lunch including vegan and gluten-free options will be served at 12:30pm. Please join us for lunch prior to the workshop.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at

SBA Summer Scholarships- Apply Now!

Welcome to the summer edition of the SBA Scholarships. The deadline for this term is June 29th, 2016. Our scholarships include: Individual Student, Event Fund, Conference Travel Bursary, and ASL bursary.

Please remember that all documentation should be in submitted as a word document (.doc or .docx) to ensure the accessibility for reviewing your application. For those writing reference letters, they can submit directly to as a word document or email for clarification.

For more detailed information on the applications, please visit:

2016-2017 SBA Board of Directors Nomination Package Now Available

Nomination Package SBAThis package contains information regarding the roles and responsibilities of SBA’s board of directors, general questions, and the nomination form. We are looking for members who have a demonstrated interest in social and disability justice who can commit to SBA for a period of one year. While being on the board does carry with it a significant time investment, the role also provides invaluable experience honing your community organizing skills to promote accessibility while connecting campus and community struggles for justice.

The nomination package may also be picked up at the SBA Centre during regular office hours. Should you have additional questions about the role or about the election process for the 2016-2017 board of directors, please contact one of our staff or a current board member.

Included in this package:
• General questions
• Description of director positions
• Nomination Package
• SBA Points of Unity

Completed nomination packages can be emailed to or dropped off at the SBA Centre between 11:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. Due at 5:30pm, May 18, 2016. Our office is located at 215 Huron Street, suite 924.

Nomination Package SBA

SBA Get Your Access On Scholarships – Winter Edition

It’s time for the Winter Round of Get Your Access On Scholarship! You have until March 11th to apply. For more information, refer to the descriptions below or to the attached application forms. All applications have a deadline of March 11th, 2016 unless otherwise noted. Please remember to submit all forms as a word document.

Student Scholarship 

This is an individual, financial student scholarship to support disabled students to continue pursuit of their goals. This scholarship is available to University of Toronto undergraduate and graduate disabled students. We intend on granting 4 awards of $1000 to 2 undergraduate students, and 2 award of $1000 to a graduate student this Winter.

Conference Travel Scholarship

We will be awarding conference/travel scholarships to assist University of Toronto undergraduate and graduate students (including students from graduate professional programs) to present their disability-focused and/or disability-related research work in local and international conferences. While there is no deadline for this application, the adjudication committee will be meeting by March 25th for the Winter so we advise that you get your applications in before this date.

SBA Event Fund 

This fund provides financial support of up to $1000 per event for accessibility-related costs for events organized by on-campus and off-campus groups (i.e. University of Toronto affiliation is not required). Deadline is March 11th, 2016.


*Please submit all forms in Word Doc format*

ASL Bursary (DEADLINE: Rolling)

If you are thinking of taking ASL lessons, why not apply for an SBA ASL Bursary? Upon approval, we reimburse fees for up to $100 per course.

ASL 101 Classes – Sign Up Now!

Students for Barrier-Free Access will be hosting ASL (American Sign Language) 101 this fall. If you want to learn a new language and interested in learning more about Deaf culture, sign up today! Classes will run weekly  starting on  Tuesday September 22nd from 6pm-9pm and run until November 24th, 2015. Classes are Free and open to all student, staff, and faculty and UofT community members!
Space is limited so if you are interested, or have questions and/or access requests email . If you are interested in taking ASL classes but cannot commit to Tuesdasys from 6pm-9pm, SBA offers ASL bursaries where you can be reimbursed for up to $100 of the cost of classes outside of UofT. For more information, check out:

Nutrition Workshop

Want to explore nutrition, eating healthy on campus & meal planning? In partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, check out this workshop!

This seminar will allow you to assess your nutrition know-how and will provide you with easy ways to improve your diet, prepare your meals, boost your energy level, and prevent disease and will provide strategies on how to eat healthy on campus.

Date: Wednesday January 28th

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Place: Goldring Centre, 100 Devonshire Place, meeting room, 2nd floor

Instructor: Ashley Aimone Phillips MSc RD

R.S.V.P at:

If you require any accommodations, please let us know asap at