Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA is a two-part online storytelling event series exploring 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.

Teenage years are often thought of as a time for exploration, rebellion, and asserting individuality. This program explores that pivotal period of life through the lens of Disability.

This exhibit and event series is in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival of Toronto and the Miles Nadal JCC , and is curated by Ophira Calof.

Part One: Thursday March 11, 7-8:15pm EDT.

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.

Featured storytellers include: Tracy Odell, Fran Odette, Frank Hull, Shahnaz Stri, Peter Park and Heather Willis.

Part Two: Thursday March 18, 7-8:15pm EDT.

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.

Featured storytellers include: Samantha Walsh, Mari Dev Ramsawakh, Jenn Boulay, Sydney Dallas, Spencer West, and Steff Juniper.

We are big believers in the power of storytelling and Myseum of Toronto consistently impresses with their thoughtful programming. Unique and missing perspectives from Toronto’s past are necessary in order to build a brighter future for everyone. Get all the details on the event page and register to save your spot. FREE.