SBA Newsletter [April 25, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
  • Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
  • Family Matters is Back!
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists

Job Opportunities

  • SGDO Summer Work-Study Positions
  • Web Accessibility Assistant

SBA Programming and Events


Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!

Date: Thursday May 4th, 2017

Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5pm, please call 416 967 7322


Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at


Community Events and Resources

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences is the start of a deeper conversation around increasing the accessibility of the sciences for students with disabilities. The book provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each chapter features research and best practices that are interwoven with experiential narratives.

The book is reflective of the diversity of STEM disciplines (life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics), and is also reflective of cross-disability perspectives (physical, sensory, learning, mental health, chronic medical and developmental disabilities).

It is a useful resource for STEM faculty and university administrators working with students with disabilities, as well as STEM industry professionals interested in accommodating employees with disabilities.

Who Is It For?

University faculty, science educators in secondary school, special education teachers (including teachers of the blind and visually impaired), academic administrators, disability office staff, students with disabilities, and industry professionals in STEM and related disciplines. Additional target audiences include related academic and professional organizations as well as those involved in professional development training and workshops.


Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences…
•    Discusses the barriers faced by students with disabilities interested in pursing education, training and careers in the sciences
•    Highlights some of the challenges faced by students with disabilities around trailblazing in STEM, including mental health issues
•    Offers a global perspective on making education, research or work spaces accessible for students with disabilities in the STEM fields
•    Discusses best practices on accommodating and supporting students and demonstrates how these practices can be translated across disciplines
•    Enhances faculty and educator knowledge of inclusive teaching practices, adaptive equipment, accessibility features, and accommodations in science laboratories, which would enable the safe participation of students with disabilities
•    Provides advice for students with disabilities on disclosure and mentoring

How To Find It

Online at:


Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool2017

Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
#BlackLivesMatter-TO is creating educational resources for #BlackLivesMatter Freedom School, a 3-week long summer program for children aged 4-10 running this July. Freedom School is a response to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. The money raised by this campaign will pay Black artists to create much needed educational resources for young children. It will also go towards programming costs.
Click Here for Support!


Family Matters is Back!

Family Matters is back!

WHEN: Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Family Matters is a workshop series by and for queer and trans spectrum young people. We use:

  • grounding exercises
  • self-care practices
  • community-building activities
  • group discussions
  • and expressive-arts techniques

To imagine and create lives that are supported by relationships where we can be our whole selves!

Our location is wheelchair accessible with gender-neutral washrooms.

Tokens and vegan, gluten-free, nut-free dinner provided.

Accommodations available upon request by March 31

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Contact: Ainsley @ 416 968 3422 ext. 21



We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.


Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad


Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person. 

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to:

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.


Job Opportunities


Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon)

CLN Job ID: 94626

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is hiring two Programming & Events Assistants for the 2017 summer session. These work-study positions are open to all registered undergraduate and graduate students (i.e. domestic and international students, and students studying on a part-time basis) with at least a 40% course load continuously from May to August. Check here for full eligibility criteria.

Eligible students are able to work a maximum of 12 hours per week, up to a total of 90 hours from May 15th to August 14th. Only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) is the University of Toronto’s tri-campus resource for LGBTQ communities and information.  As a part of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, you will work with students and staff members and play an active role in our summer programming and Office initiatives. This is a really great opportunity to gain skills in project management and event administration by working on LGBTQ and equity initiatives at the University of Toronto. This position will have a particular focus on:

  • U of T Pride
  • U of T Pride Pub
  • Lead with Pride: Executive Jumpstart
  • Program & event planning for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Other events, leadership development opportunities, and office work as needed

Applications are due to Kathy Vi Mac, SGDO Program Coordinator, by Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).  Please attach a cover letter with your résumé, outlining relevant experiences and why you want to work with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office in this role.
Read more about these positions online.


Web Accessibility Assistant (Job ID: 94214) | 1 position – Using knowledge of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 this person will help lead a pilot project to review the accessibility of a selection of websites. The successful applicant will work with the AODA Officer and various communications teams to devise a plan to identify, review and update websites to meet web accessibility standards. They will also help the AODA Officer to develop resources to assist web communications teams to create accessible content. The ideal student will be committed to furthering skills in the area of web accessibility, project management, and design thinking. A full job description can be found in the Career Learning Network by searching for the job ID number.

In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be registered in a 40% course load for the Summer term.
  • Students are permitted to accept ONE Work Study position per program period.
  • Students registered in the Toronto School of Theology are not eligible for Work Study positions.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for Work Study
  • Students do NOT have to be OSAP eligible to apply for Work Study positions.

Students must submit their application through the Career Learning Network by Friday 5 May, 2017.

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