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Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA) Uniiversity of Toronto
Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing - Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
September 19, 2017
Students For Barrier-Free Access - University of Toronto

Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing

Description: 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 community organizing practice are rare. The failure to to take up accessibility as a practice in our activist communities reproduces the structural ableism that is prevalent in our society. This not only marginalizes disabled activists but limits our capacity as organizers to engage fully and meaningfully with our communities.

This workshop will discuss how practices of accessibility can be brought into community organizing spaces. We will discuss the following topics:

1. organizing accessible meetings and strategic planning sessions
2. adopting a survivor-centred practice
3. strategies for making protests, rallies and marches more inclusive

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Date: Tuesday September 19, 2017

Location: 252 Bloor Street West (OISE) Room 4420 on the 4th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible all-gender washroom located on the 5th floor of the building.
ASL interpretation will be available.
Please arrive to the event fragrance-free.

If you have any questions, or access needs please contact Nadia at

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