SBA Newsletter [October 11th, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disability Students
  • SBA Adovcacy Committee Meeting
  • Craft Afternoon
  • SBA Open House

Community Events and Resources

  • Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds (ROBAM) Conference Planning Meeting
  • Info-Session & Discussion on UofT’s Sexual Violence Policy
  • 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.


SBA Open House

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites all students, alumni, and community members to join us at our Open House. Hang out, eat some yummy food, and check out our office, resource library, lounge, computer lab, and study room which are free to use for all members during office hours.

Meet our awesome coordinators and our amazing and dedicated board members and volunteers. Learn more about what SBA is working on this year and find out how you can get involved!

Free! Everyone welcome! Drop-by anytime!

Date: Friday October 31, 2016

Time: 12pm-4pm

12pm-1pm: Board Games
1pm-2pm: Lunch and introduction to SBA
2pm-3pm: Button-making and colouring
3pm-4pm: Tea and cupcake decorating

Location: 215 Huron Street, suite 924 on the 9th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor. Vegan and gluten-free food options will be provided.

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


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.


Info-Session & Discussion on UofT’s Sexual Violence Policy
When: Tuesday, October 11th – 6:00pm
Where: Sidney Smith Hall – Room 2111 (100 St. George Street)

Sexual Violence in the workplace is an issue of health and safety for graduate students and academic workers on campus. We believe that you deserve to be included in conversations around sexual violence- response, policy and prevention- at the University of Toronto and in union spaces.

Collaborating with the Cupe3902 Flying Squad, 3902 Stewards and Joint Health and Safety Reps, we are facilitating one final info session and discussion on the draft sexual violence policy before the University’s deadline for feedback.

On Tuesday, October 11th we’ll hold an info session and public discussion on the draft sexual violence policy in room 2111 of Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street) at 6:00pm.

We’ll have food and refreshments on site – get at us with any dietary restrictions or accommodation requests at

We’ll also have active listeners and an equity officer on site!


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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