Hello Take A Sick Day registrants!

Thank you for registering for Take a Sick Day and being a part of our community.

Take a Sick Day day is all about you so we want to make sure that you are provided with the necessary accommodations to make this experience comfortable, engaging and exciting! If you have any accessibility requirements, food allergies/sensitivities or general requests that haven’t been responded to by our organizers please take this opportunity to connect with us at takeasickday@gmail.com

Event details:

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, Weston Family Learning Centre entrance

Address: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto Ontario Canada M5T 1G4

When: Saturday, August 18th from 10:30am to 6:00pm

AGO General Information: 416 979 6648 / 1 877 225 4246 (toll-free)

Event Schedule:

Take a Sick Day will have three sessions of roundtable discussions that will be coupled with arts-based activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We will have two breaks: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. During our closing remarks we will conduct an evaluation to assess how individuals felt about the day, activities, accessibility and next steps for the Disabled Young People’s Project. Take a Sick Day wants to ensure that registrants have the opportunity to discuss all topics related to disability and more. For this it is very important to make sure that all of our attendees are comfortable in the space provided, willing to share all their feelings, ideas and responses if they so choose, as well as critiques and discomforts about the event. We welcome critiques in the form of follow up conversations and/or emails if you can’t make it to the evaluation at the end of the day.


All-day sessions (10:30 am – 6:00 pm):

Seminar Room 1: Fabric Art Making Station
A place for folks to chill out, make and display art throughout the day. A live art installation – check it as it grows!
Metropolitan Action on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)

Youth Centre: Video Check-in Corner
You and a camera @ Take a Sick Day!
Share your thoughts, feelings, desires, and ideas.


Location : Gallery School

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Welcome & Introduction

11:00 am – 11:30am: Ebb & Flow
Together we discuss what it is that we are bringing to the space and what we hope to get out of today’s gathering – in particular, some of the things that we need to feel safe.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Not Fixed : Strategies for the Everyday
Our bodies are not to be fixed; our relationships to our bodies are not fixed. They both move!

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch (Weston Family Centre & Gallery School)

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: How We Do It
A knowledge share on sex and pleasure.

2:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Navigating Systems
Dealing with institutions, employment and the mental health system.

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Art-Based Evaluation

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Shout Out and Closing Remarks

6:00 pm: Closing
Until next time – Thank you!!


Map of AGO: http://www.ago.net/locationDirections to the Weston Family Learning Centre at AGO:

The Weston Family Learning Centre is located on the northwest side of the AGO. The accessible entrance to the Weston Family Learning Centre is located on the southwest corner of the AGO where Dundas Street intersects with Beverley Street. Once you enter the doors make a left and go through another set of doors, which will bring you to the elevator. Descend one level in the elevator and proceed forward down the hall to the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Directions to the AGO by TTC: The closest accessible subway stations are Dundas station and Osgoode station. St. Patrick station is the closest inaccessible station to the AGO.

From Dundas station, head west along the south side of Dundas St. about 1.0 km to McCaul Street, where the AGO is located at 317 Dundas St. West. Keep heading West along Dundas until you reach the entrance located on the Northwest corner of the AGO building at Beverly St. and Dundas.

From Osgood station, head North along the West side of University Ave. about 450 metres until you reach Dundas street where the AGO is located at 317 Dundas St. West. Make a left and head West 350 metres to the Weston Family Learning Centre entrance, located on the Northwest corner of the AGO building at Beverly St. and Dundas.

Directions to the AGO by road (from the AGO website): http://www.ago.net/location

From the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW): Merge onto the Gardiner Expressway. Turn left at the Spadina Ave exit. Continue north and turn right when you reach Dundas St West. You will see the AGO at the corner of Dundas Street and Beverley Street on your right side.

From the 401: Take the Avenue Road exit and go south to Dundas Street. Turn right onto Dundas Street West and you will soon see the AGO at the corner of Dundas and McCaul on your left side.

Airport: From Pearson International Airport, follow Highway 427 to Toronto via the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. Turn left at the Spadina Ave exit. Continue north and turn right when you reach Dundas St West. The AGO will be on the right hand side at Beverley Street.

Parking (see map above):

  1. McCaul Street Village by the Grange Underground Parking
Rate: $3.50/half hour
  2. 205 McCaul Street (north of Dundas on McCaul Street)
Rate: $2.00/half hour
  3. 250 Dundas Street West (west of Simcoe St on Dundas)
Rate: $3.00/half hour
  4. 121 St. Patrick Street (south of Dundas, on St. Patrick Street)
Rate: $2.00/half hour
  5. McCaul Street Surface Parking (at the corner of McCaul and Stephanie Streets)
Rate: $3.00/half hour
  6. 521 Dundas St W (on Dundas, just west of Spadina Rate)
$1.00/half hour
  7. 40 Larch Street (south of Dundas, off Grange Ave)
Rate: $1.25/half hour

100 Queen St West – Queen Street (east of University Ave)
Rate: $2.00/half hour

For more detailed directions to the AGO please visit Directions and Parking on the AGO website at http://www.ago.net/location

Contact in case of emergency: TBA

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions or concerns.

Remember, every day is a sick day!


Take A Sick Day!

Disabled Young People’s Project, 2012

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