Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA

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Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA

Do you remember your teenage years?

For many they are often thought of as a time for exploration, rebellion, and asserting individuality. Join Myseum of Toronto, ReelAbilitiesTO and the Miles Nadal JCC for, “Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA”; a program exploring that pivotal period of life through the lens of Disability.

Curated by multi-award winning Disabled writer, performer, and producer Ophira Calof, this two-part storytelling series explores the past and present experiences of disabled and chronically ill youth growing up in Toronto.

Featuring personal narratives and artwork, this program is a space for recognition, solidarity, and celebration, exploring how the landscape for disabled youth has shifted over time.

This event is free of charge.
ASL and Live Captioning will be provided.

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PART ONE:
March 11, 2021
7-8:15pm EST

In the not so distant past, it was common for disabled people to live their lives in institutions. In fact, the last government run institutions for people with intellectual disabilities in Ontario did not close until 2009.

This storytelling event will bring to light stories from the 1960s-1980s as calls for deinstitutionalization and disability rights policy were gaining momentum, and an activist movement towards community living was gaining ground.

Storytellers
Fran Odette, Frank Hull, Heather Willis, Peter Park, Tracy Odell. Shahnaz Stri

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PART TWO:
March 18, 2021
7-8:15pm EST

This storytelling event will explore the present day lived experiences of disabled and chronically ill youth and young adults as they navigate a city that, according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, aims to be barrier free by 2025.

Storytellers
Spencer West, Steff Juniper, Jenn Boulay, Mari “Dev” Ramsawakh, Samantha Walsh, Sydney Dallas

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