SBA Newsletter [February 22, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon – Tomorrow
  • Call for Volunteers – Honouring our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival
  • Vegan Cooking Class with UofT Veg Club and SBA
  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students
  • Monthly Lunch
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • The Muslims are Coming!

Community Events and Resources

  • UTSGU Elections: Vote!
  • Education Survey

SBA Programming and Events


Join us for another afternoon of crafting from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Feel like making cards? Check out our scrapbooking supplies! Want to learn how to knit or crochet? We will provide lessons tomorrow where you can borrow the equipment and keep the yarn!

215 Huron Street, room 924. If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and we’ll open the doors. Please note that this is a scent-free space and that an all-gender accessible washroom is on the same floor.

Call for Volunteers – Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival

The Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival needs volunteers! Happening Saturday, March 11th, this volunteer opportunity helps students to meet new people, learn about Canada’s Indigenous cultures and traditions, and contribute to the University of Toronto’s efforts of reconciliation and decolonization. All volunteers must attend a two-hour orientation session on pow wow protocol and conflict resolution and will receive an HOSPW T-shirt as thanks for their support of this student-led event. Shifts are only three hours long! Sign-up here:


Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Are you a beginner in the kitchen and wanting to learn some hands-on cooking skills? Considering switching to a plant-based diet but aren’t sure where to start? Love to cook but want to learn low-strain techniques for food preparation?

Join the University of Toronto Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a free cooking class and learn prep and cooking techniques for a variety of access needs!

At this class, registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will teach us how to make easy, affordable, delicious and warming plant-based meals. Alternative steps on how to make the recipes allergen-free will also be shared during the class.

Please note that attendees will not be cooking their own meals. Instead we will work together to prepare each recipe and have enough food for everyone to get a taste of each dish.

Date: Friday March 3, 2016

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue.

Space for this cooking class is limited so please register by contacting Nadia at or Mahima at

Priority spaces will be held for disabled people.

Access Info: This is an anti-racist, queer and trans positive space. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please arrive scent-free for the cooking class.


Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) 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 and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– 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: Monday February 27, 2017

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Student Centre Board Room, Room 270, UTM Student Centre

Everyone welcome! Priority will be given to disabled BIPOC students.
Wheelchair accessible.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room and on the first floor in the UTMSU office.

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

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

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


Monthly Lunch

Join Students for Barrier-Free Access from 12:30 to 2:30pm this Monday for our monthly lunch! 215 Huron Street, room 924. Vegan and Gluten-free options available. All gender washroom on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.


QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night, Monday March 6, 2017 6:00-8:00pm

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be ‘strategies for taking on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’.

Date: Monday March 6, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.
Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:50-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

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

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***—————————————–

The Muslims Are Coming! 

This event is the second in a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Monday March 20th, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 207, MultiPurpose Room

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.


Community Events and Resources

Vote in the 2017 UTGSU Elections on February 27 and 28, 2017, and Win Prizes!

The UTGSU Elections will be held on February 27, and 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will have a chance to vote in candidates for the six Executive Commissioner positions for the 2017/2018 year. The Executives advocate for increased student representation, and act as a voice for graduate students.

This year, you will also be eligible to win one of three prizes, which are: a pair of headphones, a grocery gift card or a coffee gift card. All you have to do is leave your name and email address with a poll clerk after you vote, and your name will automatically be entered into the draw. Winners will be contacted in early March by email with instructions on how to claim their prize.

For a list of locations where you can cast your vote, please visit:

For a list of candidates running in the Elections, please visit:

If you have any questions, or accessibility requests, please email the CRO, Scott Surphlis, at:


Education Survey

ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University, is announcing the launch of new research titled “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”. We are currently conducting a survey on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The focus of this survey is on many of the current practices and barriers related to inclusive education.

For more information and access the survey, copy and paste or select the link directly below:


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