SBA Newsletter [October 31st, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • SBA Open House – Today!
  • Computer Lab and Study Room Notice

Community Events and Resources

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
  • Fight the Fees Campaign!
  • Disability Rights Movement Focus Group

SBA Programming and EventsComputer Lab and Study RoomPlease note that the computer lab and the study room is closed for today for our open house!————————————————————————-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

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          


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 atVoice Mail: 647-947-9022

Fight the Fees Campaign – Toronto Rally for Free Education

Ontario students currently pay the highest tuition fees in the country and students are graduating with thousands of dollars in debt. On November 2, students from all three UofT campuses are coming together to take action and demand free education for ALL! Join us as we rally at UofT and head to Queen’s Park to Fight the Fees!


Free breakfast provided at UTM and UTSC at 9:00 AM.
Free buses will be running from UTM and UTSC to St.George between 10:00-11:00 AM.
Free breakfast at UTSG at 11:00 AM.
UTSC Students: Contact SCSU (or register here)
UTM Students: Contact UTMSU (

Sid Smith Hall – 100 St. George Street

Con Hall – 27 King’s College Circle
1:00-2:00 PM
Followed by march to Queen’s Park


Disability Rights Movement Focus GroupMy name is Sara-Jane Linton and I am a Master of Health Evaluation student working under the supervision of Dr. Ellen MacEachen with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  I am working on a research project with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) called Regenerating the Disability Rights Movement. We are looking for  students between the ages of 18 – 35 who self-identify as living with a disability and may be interested in participating in a focus group session sharing thoughts and recommendations on how the disability rights movement can attract and retain the active participation of younger individuals.  The focus group session is voluntary and will assess and explore barriers and possible solutions to overcome factors that inhibit or prevent younger individuals from joining and remaining active with the disability rights movement. Student participants in the focus group session will be asked to share their opinions and experiences in a discussion forum with several experienced members of the disability rights movement along with at maximum of 20 other students.If you know of anyone  who might be interested in participating or for further information on this research project please contact Sara-Jane Linton Master of Health Evaluation student with the University of Waterloo at:

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