SBA Newsletter [October 5, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disability Students
  • SBA Adovcacy Committee Meeting
  • Craft Afternoon
  • Pride is Political. Pride is Black – Postphoned

Community Events and Resources

  • Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting
  • Women’s Talking Circle
  • Accessibility Camp TO! – Register Now
  • Drop In Elder hours at OISE
  • Wheel Dance
  • Communications and Design Coordinator – Job Opportunity
  • Wilcocks Commons Open House

SBA Programming and Events

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 Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join us for our next Advocacy Committee Meeting and learn more about SBA’s campaigns and how you can get involved! New members are always welcome!

Date: Thursday October 20, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Room 924 on the 9th floor

Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the meeting room.

Please note that the SBA centre is a scent-free space.

Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Contact Nadia at if you have any questions or concerns.

Craft Afternoon

Join us for another SBA Crafternoon on Thursday October 13th from 4:30-6:30pm in room 924 at 215 Huron Street. Cookies, tea, and much knitting and colouring! If you arrive after 5:30, call our office at 416 967 7322 and we can let you into the building.

All gender washroom on the 9th floor and please note that we are a scent free space.

Pride is Political. Pride is Black 

Details to come! Questions/Concerns: please contact Nadia at

Community Events and Resources

Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting

Join us for the first planning meeting for the Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds (ROBAM) Conference!

At this point, we have booked the Ryerson Student Centre for Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 for the Conference. This will be an opportunity to talk about everything and anything for the conference.

Monday, October 17, 2016
Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street
SCC311-B, Third Floor, Directly across from the elevators

The organisers strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for its members. If we require additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please e-mail Tokens will be available for meeting participants.



Suggested agenda (open to modifications and additions):
1. Introductions
2. Review of 2015 and 2016 Conference
3. Goal Setting & Brainstorm for 2017 Conference
4. Draft Timeline for 2017 Conference
5. Initial Task Delegation

The Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds Conference was initially hosted at Ryerson University in 2012. In 2014, student groups and campus/community activists from Ryerson University, York University, University of Toronto and George Brown College came together to imagine an inter-campus conference that brought together disability community activists, service providers, academics, and everybody in between. This is the second year of the Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds Inter-University Conference.

Women’s Talking Circle

Join TYRMC Senator Constance Simmonds, Elise St. Germain, and Sheila LaRoque on Thursday, October 13th at Native Child and Family Services (30 College Street) for a potluck dinner, teachings on the Falling Leaves Moon and an evening of discussion on full moon ceremony, feasting our ancestors, Métis women’s health and well-being. Bring a family story you would like to share.

Please contact Elise to RSVP and let us know what dish you can bring (remember your feast plates!): (416) 994 – 1705 /

Want more updates? Join our Facebook Group:

Accessibility Camp TO! – Register Now

Date and Location: Saturday November 5th, 2016 @ 9am. OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto (map).

5 presentation tracks / 25 presentations / 250 people. This is the camp’s 6th-year!

#a11yTO Camp has always welcomed new people to the accessibility community. With that in mind, we’re going to shake things up this year by trying something new. Our 2016 camp will feature a theme: “Get to know us!”

And by “us” we don’t only mean Accessibility Toronto. Rather we’re aiming to include everyone. We encourage you to take time to better understand what it means to be part of the community and what we’re all striving for as passionate, inclusive web developers and users.

For more information or to register, please visit:

About Accessibility Camp TO

Our mission is to connect people on digital accessibility solutions. It is an opportunity for accessibility professionals (new and experienced) who wouldn’t otherwise meet to come together and share ideas, solutions, techniques, case studies and more in an open, relaxed, informal environment.

Focusing on users with different abilities, sessions cover digital accessibility topics from the web (technical to tactical), desktop software, mobile apps, eLearning, online gaming, open source innovations, wearables and everything in between. Watch this brief video from the first #a11yTO Camp to get a feel for what to expect during the day. Also, video recordings from past camps are available.

Regardless of your level of knowledge, this event is for you. It will be a great opportunity for members of the design/development, usability, accessibility, IT and disabled end-user communities to interact and learn from each other. We recommend you browse the Frequently Asked Questions, especially if you have never attended a participant-driven BarCamp/unconference before.

Please support the event with a $10 suggested donation at the door on the day of the event. Your donation will help cover the costs for miscellaneous expenses – materials, food, etc.

Please follow event updates on Twitter via @a11yto or the hashtag #a11yto.Wheel Dance!

Drop In Elder Hours at OISE

Elder Cat Criger & Traditional Ojibwe Kokomis/Teacher, Jacqui Lavalley
are available once a week for students, staff, and faculty to drop-in.

Hours of Availability: Fridays from 9:00am-5:00pm

Cat Criger: 9:00am-1:00pm
Jacqui Lavalley: 1:00pm-5:00pm

October drop-in sessions with Jacqui will have a focus on asemaa (tobacco)

Location: OISE, 7th floor, room 7-230 Drop-ins welcome
or Book an appointment

Contact Julie Blair at:

Wheel Dance!

Learn Latin Dance in a comfortable and accessible environment. Classes will cover the basic elements of partner dancing, with an emphasis on basic patterns, turns and timing, moving across the dance floor, and having fun. A mixed abilities class – everyone welcome. Bring a partner or come on your own.

October 16th – November 20th

January 8 – February 12


$70 per session, $10 per class]

Where: Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave at Bloor

Call: 416-924-6200 ext 0 to register or email for more information.

Communications & Design Coordinator

Date Posted: Oct 03, 2016

Salary: 32,000 Salary

Province: Ontario

Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Part-time

Organization Description

Tangled Art + Disability is a not for profit arts organization and forum for creative and artistic excellence that serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for bringing together professional artists, emerging artists and arts and cultural organizations and a diverse public. Tangled Art + Disability uses the power of art as a transforming medium to enhance the understanding and acceptance that people with disabilities can and do make significant contributions to all aspects of society, in particular the arts and an evolving cultural sector.

Job Description

Communications & Design Coordinator
Tangled Art + Disability
October 2016
Part-time (3.5 days/week)
$32,000 Salary
One-year contract with potential for renewal
Some evening and weekend work is required

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities. Through this work, we aim to create a new standard of excellence in the arts by prioritizing inclusivity through accessible curatorial, programming, and art making practices.

Tangled is inviting applications for the position of Communications & Design Coordinator. Working with the organization’s management and curatorial staff, the Communications & Design Coordinator will be responsible for designing and executing the communications and marketing program for all Tangled activities and events including Tangled Art Gallery programming. This position will play a vital role in growing the Tangled audience at the local and national levels during a period of significant growth and interest in disability arts.

The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational and multitasking skills, and a talent for effective interpersonal communication with a variety of groups including media, internal staff, partner organizations, artists, audiences, volunteers and people with a variety of access needs. Graphic design skills, an interest in writing, and an understanding of the disability arts sector are a must.

For more information:

Wilcocks Commons Open House
Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Sidney Smith Hall Lobby

We would like to invite University students, faculty, staff and public to an open house to view and comment on the concept design for the revitalization of Willcocks Street. Over the course of the past few months, the consultant team DTAH has been leading the design and exercise of reimagining this important urban landscape on campus. As the concept design phase is wrapping up, we are asking the community to come out to this event to view and provide input on this proposal. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

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