SBA Newsletter [November 7th, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • UofT New Learning Portal Drop-In Testing Session – Feedback needed
  • Computer Lab and Study room Closure – November 16th
  • Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

Community Events and Resources

  • Academic Toolbox Renewal: Building UofT’s Next Generation of the Learning
  • Representations of Anishinaabewaki: Art and Anishinaabemowin
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
  • Disability Rights Focus Group
  • Chief Returning Officer – UTGSU Paid Job Opportunity
  • NoDAPL Solidarity Info

SBA Programming and Events


Join us for another craft session at SBA this Thursday November 10th from 4:30-6:30pm! The usual knitting, colouring, and paper crafting supplies will be available. Staff will be at hand to teach crochet pumpkins!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Suite 924

If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and someone will pop down and let you in. Gender neutral washrooms on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.


Feedback Needed: UofT’s New Learning Portal Drop-in Testing Session

U of T’s current Learning Portal hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Feedback from the University community is that the web interface for the Portal is clunky and out of date, and it doesn’t flow the way people would like. It’s also hard for instructors to incorporate new tools into their teaching.

The University is calling on the student community to help test three new systems that could serve as the engine for it’s new Learning Portal. In order to ensure that this system works with adaptive technologies that are used by students, the Academic Toolbox Renewal Group and Students for Barrier-free Access are co-hosting a drop-in testing session at the SBA Accessible Computer Lab. Please join us and share your feedback online, or in person with the SBA Centre Coordinators.

Date: Wednesday November 16th, 2016

Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

(this is an open drop-in so please come by anytime during this period that works for you)

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

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible, single-user, gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor.

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

Students are encouraged to register (for testing site access) ahead of time at:, or we anticipate doing this at the event.

If you are unable to attend the session, there are other ways to provide feedback. For more information about the University of Toronto’s Academic Toolbox Initiative please visit:

For more information about the drop-in session please contact Nadia at
After this testing session, students are encouraged to attend a Student Panel discussion about the three systems – Wednesday, November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025. This event is part of Portal Week, November 14 – 18. See


Computer Lab and Study Room Closure

Please note that the computer lab and the study room will be closed for general member use from 11:30am to 2:30pm on November 16th as we are hosting the learning portal drop in session described in the item above. Members are free to use both spaces after 2:30pm.


Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People for a fun, participatory evening of community cooking. We’ll cook and share a delicious meal, and help clean up together. You don’t have to have any experience with cooking to join us and everyone can join in with food preparation in whichever way they are comfortable. The recipes are affordable and easy to make, and we will be cooking vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Date: Monday November 21st, 2016

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

The Centre for Women and Trans People is an accessible venue. Accessible, single-user, all gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Monday November 14th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***


Community Events and Resources

Academic Toolbox Renewal: Building UofT’s Next Generation of the Learning

Date: November 14 – 18, 2016

We are currently testing three new systems that can serve as the “engine” for our new Learning Portal. Come learn more about the choices, and even take a test drive. Faculty, Students and Staff– Your Opinion Matters!

Portal Week Schedule:

Drop By Info Desk – Robarts Library 2nd Floor

November 14 – 18
10:00 – 15:00 (every day)

Vendor Q&A – drop by and talk directly with the suppliers:

November 15: 10:00 to 16:00
Downtown – Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Robarts Library Rooms: 4034, 4035 & 4048

November 16: 12:00 – 15:00
UTM – Rooms:  DV3129, DV3138 & DV3210

November 17: 09:00 – 12:30
UTSC Rooms: AC219 & AC227, and SW403

November 18: 10:00 to 16:00
Downtown – Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Robarts Library Rooms: 4034, 4035 & 4048


Come hear what a panel of UofT students think:
November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025

Questions regarding Portal Week can be sent to:

Click here to give feedback on UofT’s academic toolbox renewal:

The live testing period ends November 25th – sign up to test the systems here:


Representations of Anishinaabewaki: Art and Anishinaabemowin

Representations of Anishinaabe Land: Art and the Anishinaabe Language

A panel discussion with Bonnie Devine, Lenore Keeshig, Andrew Hunter, Connor Pion, Wanda Nanibush

 Date: November 18th, 2016 4 – 6pm, Room 179

Location: University College, University of Toronto with a reception following in Croft Chapter House

This session presents Anishinaabe perspectives on representations of land through visual art and Anishinaabemowin (the Anishinaabe language). Visual artist/educator/curator Bonnie Devine, poet/storyteller/educator Lenore Keeshig and curator/educator Andrew Hunter will each present examples of their work and its connection to understandings of land. Community worker/geography student Connor Pion and curator/writer Wanda Nanibush will then join in as respondents. This event intentionally centres Anishinaabe knowledge and experience while also offering a conversational framework to allow participants and audience members an opportunity for exchange and discussion.

Presented by The Intersection Series of the Department of Geography & Planning and the Canadian Studies Program at University College

For more information contact Gwen MacGregor at


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.


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 Project

Do 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


Disability Rights Movement Focus Group

My 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:


Chief Returning Officer Needed- Paid Job Opportunity: Thu. November 17, 5pm

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a Chief Returning Officer for the 2017 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience involunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be members of the UTGSU, and must be physically present on campus during the election period. Remuneration: $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to put in up to approximately 100 hours total from December to March. Hours are flexible, and increase during the February 2017 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and letter of intent stating your qualifications and interest to the Nominating Committee in one document to by 5pm, Thursday November 17, 2016. Please feel free to contact the Committee with any questions. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.


NoDAPL Solidarity Info

1) support the camps by donating funds or requested supplies to the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp:

2) join the camps on the ground at Standing Rock by coordinating your presence and support with those leading and facilitating the efforts:…/1FAIpQLSef4Xjn-tckbx7dg…/viewform…

3) organize solidarity direct actions (irl or online) aimed at

highlighting the institutions that support the dakota access pipeline:…/

4) sign the petition demanding that the white house stop the construction of the DAPL:…/stop-construction-dakota…

5) if you are in the U.S. call/email/fax your local governmental representatives to express your concerns with the DAPL, to express your NoDAPL Solidarity, and to inquire about their actions in response to the state facilitated crisis.

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