SBA Newsletter [October 24, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Early Office Closure – This Wednesday
  • Crafternoon – Monoprinting!
  • SBA Open House

Community Events and Resources

  • Action Speaks Louder Call for Pitches and Editorial Volunteers
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
  • Make Free Education a Reality

SBA Programming and Events

Early Office Closure – This Wednesday

Please note that the SBA office will be closing early this Wednesday October 26th at 3:30pm.



Join us for another craft session at SBA! The usual knitting, colouring, and paper crafting supplies will be available. We’ll also have some monoprinting supplies so you can create your own patterns and designs! For more information on monoprinting, check out:————————————————————————- SBA Open HouseStudents 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: Monday 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 floorWheelchair 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

Action Speaks Louder Call for Pitches and Editorial Volunteers

Are you interested in alternative media? Do you want to develop your skills in writing and editing for a publication? Write or volunteer for Action Speaks Louder, OPIRG-Toronto’s bi-annual newsletter!

We work to create space for students and community members to reflect on pressing issues within current struggles for social and environmental justice. If you would like to join our editorial collective, please write to us at The editorial collective will begin meeting in October to start work on out Winter 2017 issue. Editorial collective members brainstorm about content, solicit pitches, edit, proofread and work on layout of the newsletter. If you want to get a sense of the production process of a publication from start to finish, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills in a supportive, collaborative environment!

If you would rather just write for us, submit a pitch! The submission deadline for the Winter 2017 issue is extended to Tuesday, October 25, 2016. To send us a short pitch or for questions about the pitch process, please email We are interested in hearing about your reflections on organizing work, campaigns you’re working on, a political issue that you’re interested in and anything else you want to develop related to OPIRG’s mandate for research, education and action on social and environmental justice!

To get a sense of what we publish, check out our last issue here.————————————————————————-

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality for Blind Canadians

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.Date:          Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time:         2 to 4 p.m.
Venue:       Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.Program:

2 – 2:10           Welcome

2:10 – 2:45      Government Speeches

2:45 – 3:15      Panel Presentation

2:15 – 2:45      Question and Answer Period

3:45 – 4:30      Networking with Employment Agencies

 Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

 Please RSVP by October 28 at Voice Mail: 647-947-9022



Inclusive Employment Advocacy ProjectDo you or someone you know have difficulties getting a job because of a disability?
Do you want to learn how to speak up for yourself for equal access to employment services?

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Toronto Chapter is launching an Employment Advocacy Project to build the skills of persons with disabilities to make sure employment programs and services include persons with disabilities. For details on the project, check out

If interested in joining a focus group and training sessions, or to inquire further, please contact AEBC at

Voice Mail: 647-947-9022

Make Free Education a Reality

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium
Dinner Provided (Vegan/Veg options available)

Now is the time for free education. It is possible and necessary. Too many students are unable to afford post-secondary education as a result of high tuition fees.

Join us (Continuing Education Student Association of Ryerson – CESAR) for a discussion about the barriers you face, and how we can overcome them collectively.


Avi Lewis– Filmmaker and Journalist
Bilan Arte– Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students
Rabbia Ashraf– President, CESAR
Phyllis McKenna– VP Equity, CESAR

This event is part of CESAR’s Take the Lead Series.

Accessibility: We have 1 ASL interpreter secured. We are currently trying to secure a 2nd interpreter.
Wheelchair accessible.

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