SBA News & Events

Surviving Together: A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for an informational workshop 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 session is for you! Come meet other disabled students and SBA members,Continue reading “Surviving Together: A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students”

Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Spaces: Literary Open House

Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Spaces: Literary Open House Date: September 26thTime: 4pm – 7:30pmLocation: 563 Spadina Crescent (North Borden Building – Accessible Entrance & Elevator @ Rear of Building) Literary Open House Come to North Borden and explore, draft, read and print your way through three floors of media and literature based activities. WithContinue reading “Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Spaces: Literary Open House”

Zine Making Workshop

Join RyeACCESS and Students for Barrier-free Access for a Zine-Making Workshop! Participants in the workshop will have an opportunity to learn about zine making, as well as create their own. All materials will be provided. No previous experience necessary. This workshop is open to members of the RyeACCESS community, the SBA community, and the widerContinue reading “Zine Making Workshop”

Statement of Solidarity with UTSU Staff, Vita Carlino and Maria Galvez

Students for Barrier-Free Access at The University of Toronto- STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH UTSU Staff, Vita Carlino and Maria Galvez The staff and board at Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) at The University of Toronto extend our solidarity and support with the staff of UTSU, and in particular, Vita Carlino, Previous Clubs and Service Groups’Continue reading “Statement of Solidarity with UTSU Staff, Vita Carlino and Maria Galvez”

Peer Support Group for Graduate Students With Disabilities

The Peer Support Group for Graduate Students with Disabilities has been created to build a community for students with disabilities. Through this Peer Support Group we hope to create space for students to: meet old friends/colleagues and make new friends de-stress engage in group discussions share skills and learn new ones learn from each other’sContinue reading “Peer Support Group for Graduate Students With Disabilities”

TRACX2017 – What’s Left? Confronting the Alt-Right

TRACX 2017 – What’s Left? Confronting the Alt Right This year’s symposium is titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective along with Opirg Toronto and SBA Centre. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups.Continue reading “TRACX2017 – What’s Left? Confronting the Alt-Right”

QT2SBIPOC Fall Social

QT2SBIPOC Fall Social (with snacks!) Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a fall social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC). There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting. We will have snacks (including vegan and gluten free options). Join us for the treats, stay for theContinue reading “QT2SBIPOC Fall Social”

Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing

Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing In a social justice culture where individualism and independence are privileged, and where attending lengthy or late-night meetings and participating in marches and rallies are seen as the the ultimate way of showing your support or commitment to the struggle, conversations around accessibility as a communityContinue reading “Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing”

SBA Annual General Meeting

We will be having our Annual General Meeting on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.Registration Time: 6pmAGM Time: 6:30-8:30pmLocation: OISE Room 5150Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, active listener, debrief/private at OISE 5160 and TTC tokens provided. Accessible and all gender washrooms availableContinue reading “SBA Annual General Meeting”

TRACKX Symposium Call for Proposals: What’s Left? Confronting the Alt-Right

The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) Collective runs a two part program originally started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. ThroughContinue reading “TRACKX Symposium Call for Proposals: What’s Left? Confronting the Alt-Right”

SBA Nominations Period Extension! Also, Our Annual General Meeting

SBA Board Nominations Students For Barrier-Free Access (SBA) is a student-run non-profit organization that advocates for access and the rights of students with disabilities at the University of Toronto. We work to encourage new ways of thinking that challenges dominant understandings of disability and to advocate for education that is socially, environmentally, and financially accessible. InContinue reading “SBA Nominations Period Extension! Also, Our Annual General Meeting”

The Muslims are Coming!

The Muslims Are Coming! This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome. Using a combination of short video clips of poetry, prose, and comedy, asContinue reading “The Muslims are Coming!”

Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – April 4, 2017

Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee Join the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee for a discussion on U of T’s new Sexual Violence Policy, and the University’s goals for the education and prevention of sexual violence. The Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence at U of T  is currently holding consultationsContinue reading “Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – April 4, 2017”

Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-Free Access

Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access Are you a beginner in the kitchen and wanting to learn some hands-on cooking skills? Considering switching to a plant-based diet but aren’t sure where to start? Love to cook but want to learn low-strain techniques for food preparation? Join theContinue reading “Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-Free Access”

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students – February

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) 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 isContinue reading “Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students – February”

QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People ofContinue reading “QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night”

SBA Office Closures – Feb 14th, 17th, 20th

Office Closure Notice – Multiple dates Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed on Tuesday February 14th from 12pm-2pm in order to attend the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony. SBA members who would like to join us and travel together to the Strawberry Ceremony should arrive at the SBA Centre by 12pm. TTC tokens will be provided. More informationContinue reading “SBA Office Closures – Feb 14th, 17th, 20th”

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students [January]

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 SBAContinue reading “Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students [January]”

The Muslims are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik

The Muslims Are Coming!The Muslims Are Coming! This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome. This space centres the experiencesContinue reading “The Muslims are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik”

Winter ASL 101 Classes – Sign Up

Interested learning American Sign Language and Deaf Culture? Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) and Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) will be offering a course that covers ASL basics, an introduction to Deaf Culture, and social justice signs. To learn more about LGBTOUT and SBA, please visit: https://lgbtout.wordpress.com/ and uoftsba.com Classes willContinue reading “Winter ASL 101 Classes – Sign Up”

SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange

SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange and Social Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T for a cookie exchange and social. This will be a relaxed and fun evening of cookie decorating, button-making, and socializing. Cookie exchange guide: A cookie exchange allows participants to bring in a batchContinue reading “SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange”

Around the Kitchen Table

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 andContinue reading “Around the Kitchen Table”

SBA Open House

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 awesomeContinue reading “SBA Open House”

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 moreContinue reading “Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students”

Caribana Patio Lime!

Join the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students, Black Students’ Association at UofT, Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA), African Students’ Association (ASA), UT Graduate Students’ Union, Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, Caribbean Connections UTSC and UTM Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a Caribana celebration! Featuring music, performances, art, free food and more! All are welcome! This isContinue reading “Caribana Patio Lime!”

Volunteer Call-Out!

Volunteer Call-Out! SBA is looking for volunteers for the summer! There are many ways to get involved, including joining one of our committees, doing research or writing to support one of our campaigns, or helping out at events and with outreach.  Our volunteer opportunities are meant to be flexible in order to meet our volunteers’Continue reading “Volunteer Call-Out!”

2016-2017 SBA Board of Directors Nomination Package Now Available

This package contains information regarding the roles and responsibilities of SBA’s board of directors, general questions, and the nomination form. We are looking for members who have a demonstrated interest in social and disability justice who can commit to SBA for a period of one year. While being on the board does carry with itContinue reading “2016-2017 SBA Board of Directors Nomination Package Now Available”

Join SBA for an Open Forum with Accessibility Services

There are very few open spaces where students with disabilities can talk about access needs, barriers to access at the University of Toronto, and our personal experiences with on-campus accommodations. In order to address this gap, Students for Barrier-free Access and Accessibility Services have been working together to create spaces where these conversations can happen.Continue reading “Join SBA for an Open Forum with Accessibility Services”

SBA Get Your Access On Scholarships – Winter Edition

It’s time for the Winter Round of Get Your Access On Scholarship! You have until March 11th to apply. For more information, refer to the descriptions below or to the attached application forms. All applications have a deadline of March 11th, 2016 unless otherwise noted. Please remember to submit all forms as a word document. Student Scholarship  This is an individual, financial student scholarship toContinue reading “SBA Get Your Access On Scholarships – Winter Edition”

Write it Out! With SBA – Winter Edition

Write it Out! Join Students for Barrier-free Access for Write It Out!, our weekly group writing/study sessions. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, student life can be isolating. Often our work is personal, complicated, and self-directed. Write it Out! helps bridge the solitude by bringing people together for mutual support as we work through our studies and individual projects.The first session will be ThursdayContinue reading “Write it Out! With SBA – Winter Edition”

Disabled Students’ Orientation

Join us for a student-run orientation for disabled students and allies. Whether you are full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you! Topics covered at the orientation will include an overview of accessible space at University of Toronto’s St George Campus, a discussion on Accessibility Services andContinue reading “Disabled Students’ Orientation”

SBA Votes!

SBA Votes! The University of Toronto Students’ Union will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday October 7, 2015 from 5:30-10:00PM at the OISE Auditorium (G162). These elections are really important and the issues that will be voted on affect SBA members, such as changes to voting practices that may impact access to theContinue reading “SBA Votes!”

Disability, Madness and Sexual Violence: An Anti-Colonial BIPOC Discussion

Please join us for a discussion on sexual violence, disability, and madness as BIPOC students and the barriers we face from in the university. We will talk about the challenges of working through the colonial and settler colonial practices that structure university classroom, bureaucracy and “best practices”. What are the gaps we fall through as disabled and mad BIPOC survivors as a consequence ofContinue reading “Disability, Madness and Sexual Violence: An Anti-Colonial BIPOC Discussion”

Fall Advocacy Committee Meeting and Report-Back

Come join Students for Barrier-Free Access for our Fall Advocacy Committee Meeting and Report-Back. At this meeting you will find out more about our 2014-2015 advocacy initiatives and learn about our upcoming campaigns, such as our work around Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD). This meeting is your opportunity to help shape our advocacy goalsContinue reading “Fall Advocacy Committee Meeting and Report-Back”

SBA Open House

SBA invites all students, alumni, and community members to join us at our Open House. Come by and check out office, resource library, lounge, computer lab, and study room that are all free to use during our regular office hours. Come meet our awesome coordinators and our amazing and dedicated board members! Hang out, eatContinue reading “SBA Open House”

ASL 101 Classes – Sign up Now!

Students for Barrier-Free Access will be hosting ASL (American Sign Language) 101 this fall. If you want to learn a new language and interested in learning more about Deaf culture, sign up today! Classes will run weekly  starting on  Tuesday September 22nd from 6pm-9pm and run until November 24th, 2015. Classes are Free and open toContinue reading “ASL 101 Classes – Sign up Now!”

Previous Events

The following are just some of the events that have taken place at the centre since 2014! The Muslims Are Coming! Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – April 4, 2017 Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free AccessContinue reading “Previous Events”

Scholarship Extension

We are currently in our summer semestre edition of Get Your Access On! scholarship program. We have extended our deadline to July 22nd, 2015. Remember, if you are a disabled student at UofT, you are eligible to apply to the student scholarship. Also make sure to check out our conference travel bursary and event fund!Continue reading “Scholarship Extension”

Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator Position

Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) is a student-funded, volunteer driven, non-profit that advocates for equity, access, and the rights of graduate and undergraduate disabled students. SBA operates a drop-in centre with bookable study rooms, a computer lab with accessible software (Dragon, Kurzweil, Jaws, ect.), and a social space for students and community members. Through ourContinue reading “Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator Position”

2015-2016 AGM and Board Nominations

It has been a busy year of organizing workshops, an inter-campus disability conference,  a successful GSU levy campaign, and providing our membership with scholarships and bursaries! Furthermore, we’ve expanded our in-house programming and continue to provide a great space to meet and network with fellow students and peers. If you would like a chance to direct someContinue reading “2015-2016 AGM and Board Nominations”

Game Night!

From March 10th to March 12th, UTGSU held its elections and this year SBA sought a graduate student levy. We are proud to announce that our referendum question garnered nearly 82% yes votes! If you wish to celebrate our successful levy campaign, join us on Monday, March 30th for a great night of video, board, and cardContinue reading “Game Night!”

Graduate Student Levy

Students for Barrier-Free Access are seeking a Graduate Student Union Levy in this years referendum! With this, we hope to increase our staff, our programming, and our financial scholarships and bursaries for students at the University of Toronto! Please see below for our question. Preamble Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) is a University of TorontoContinue reading “Graduate Student Levy”

Disability and Employment Roundtable

Are you nearing graduation and want to learn about the current job market? Join in on the conversation with past University of Toronto alumni and employers on February 25th. Refreshments will be served. Where: Career Centre, 214 College St. 1st Floor When: February 25th, 2015 5:30-7:30pm

Reclaiming Our Minds and Bodies: Intermingling Disability Communities

Mark your calendars: February 27th, 28th, and March 1st the Reclaiming Our Minds and Bodies: Intermingling Disability Communities Conference will be taking place. This three day conference brings together activists, academics, community members and service providers to explore and honour multiple understandings of disabilities. Join us for a large variety of workshops, panels, and performances!Continue reading “Reclaiming Our Minds and Bodies: Intermingling Disability Communities”

Pub Night

Join Students for Barrier-Free Access for some pub fare and socializing this January as our way of saying welcome back for a new year and new term!We will be offering appetizers (vegetarian options will be made available!) and soft drinks for those who join us. We will not be serving alcohol but you are moreContinue reading “Pub Night”

Nutrition Workshop

Want to explore nutrition, eating healthy on campus & meal planning? In partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, check out this workshop! This seminar will allow you to assess your nutrition know-how and will provide you with easy ways to improve your diet, prepare your meals, boost your energy level, and preventContinue reading “Nutrition Workshop”

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