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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.

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.

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/

 

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]gmail.com 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

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.

EXAM DESTRESSOR: Painting with SBA!

EXAM DESTRESSOR: Painting with SBA!

Take a break from exams with SBA!

Join us on Friday, April 20th for an afternoon of group painting. No artistic experience is required.
Come by to unwind, make new friends and contemplate the life that awaits you post-exams!
If painting isn’t for you, feel free to stop by anyway for snacks and conversation!

This is a drop-in event, late-comers are welcome!

DATE & TIME:
Friday, April 20th, 2018
11:30am-1:30pm

LOCATION:
SBA Centre
215 Huron Street, Room 924 (9th floor)

ACCESS INFO:
The SBA Centre is an accessible venue. A single-user all-gender accessible washroom is located on the same floor as the SBA Centre.

The SBA Centre is a scent-free space. Please arrive to the event fragrance-free.

Please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or access needs.

FB Event page

Communities of Care; DIY Care Kits

Communities of Care; DIY Care Kits

Join Students for Barrier-free Access for a low-key afternoon of snacks, conversation, and community care. We will be providing supplies, including tea, stickers, and treats, for folks to make and decorate care kitsCome by and make a care kit for yourself and/or for someone you love.

Free! Everyone is welcome!
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be provided.

Date: Thursday, April 5th 2018
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor

Access Info:
The SBA Centre is an accessible venue. A single-user all-gender accessible washroom is located on the same floor as the SBA Centre.

The SBA Centre is a scent-free space. Please arrive to the event fragrance-free.

Please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or access needs.