Dr. David Pereyra at Toronto Parliament of the World's Religions 2018 for Our Doors Are Op

Our Doors Are Open logo
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Open Your Doors “community-inclusion” workshop is designed specifically to help individual faith-communities. It enables communities to develop what we call “inclusive thinking,” reach out to their members with disabilities, engage those members in full participation, discuss ways to create accessible media and communications, which will allow them to assess the physical and social inclusivity of a faith-community.

Venue & Address: 
Room 601 Parliament of the World's Religions Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Website: 
https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/programs/session/open-your-doors-welcoming-people-%C2%A0disabilities-places
http://opendoors.idrc.ocadu.ca
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Our Doors Are Open booth at Parliament of the World's Religions 2018

Our Doors Are Open logo
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:00am to Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

Our Doors are Open is a project of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD Univeristy. The goal of the project is to help faith communities better understand how to fully include people with disabilities. As part of the project activities, Our Doors Are Open will have a both at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions conference. Visit booth 624 at the conference or learn more about the project and how your faith community can participate at http://opendoors.idrc.ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Booth 624 Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
Website: 
https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/programs/session/open-your-doors-welcoming-people-%C2%A0disabilities-places

CSD Office Now Located at 230 Richmond St. West 6th Floor

The Centre for Students with Disabilities Office is now located at 230 Richmond St. West 6th Floor.

OCAD Alumnus wins prestigious Waterloo pitch competition!

CEO, Alwar Pillai
Thursday, September 13, 2018

 

 Accessibility startup Fable Tech Labs wins $75k in female founders pitch competition

OCAD U alumnus, Alwar Pillai, pitched Fable Tech Labs to win first prize, $75,000, at the Waterloo-based Fierce Founders pitch competition

Fable is an accessibility platform that companies use to engage people with disabilities in user-testing.

The Fierce Founders Bootcamp is Canada’s leading pitch competition for female founders, hosted each year by Communitech in Waterloo.

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 September 12, 2018 — Fable Tech Labs wins $75,000 to grow online platform that helps companies engage people with disabilities in research and user testing.

Alwar Pillai’s winning pitch showcased Fable as a social enterprise, providing companies with a high quality offering while also creating flexible employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Each year, Communitech hosts the female targetted Fierce Founders Bootcamp, which ends with a pitch competition and $100,000 in prizes.

Fable, a young Toronto-based startup, is a member of Imagination Catalyst, OCAD U’s business accelerator. Alwar is a graduate of OCAD U’s Masters of Inclusive Design program, where she focused her energy on co-designing technology interfaces with the aging population.

As a newcomer to Canada, Alwar describes the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada to be palpable. “It’s really special that programs in Canada empower people to solve problems. Imagination Catalyst and Fierce Founders are giving us the tools and the time we need to grow into something big!”

The company was founded in April of 2018 and has been gaining traction quickly. As a social enterprise, Fable provides flexible employment for people with disabilities while offering an essential service to companies that are required to comply with digital accessibility standards.

 

 www.makeitfable.com

Poster: 
Fable Tech Labs

Open Your Doors: A Multifaith Seminar on Developing Accessible Congregations

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Seminar Features:

Speakers from multiple faiths, Inclusion Training, Workshops, Exhibitors, Lunch and Refreshments, PoWR 2018 preview

Workshops and Panels:

  • Accessible Ministry Certification
  • Children with disabilities and their families
  • Accessibility Cloud
  • Accessible Places of Worship
  • Inclusion Initiatives
  • Understanding Accessibility & Inclusion
  • Building Relationships with People with Disabilities

This seminar will help all participants learn how to encourage and enable people with disabilities and their families to participate in all aspects of ministry and outreach. Faith communities are one of the most important social and religious connections in the lives of many people with disabilities. Our Doors Are Open invites you to build together communities of worship that are accessible for all.

Venue & Address: 
Sharp Centre, OCAD University 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
https://opendoors.idrc.ocadu.ca/opening-your-doors-seminar/
Email: 
dpereyra@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 X4672
Cost: 
FREE
Seminar Event Details available at  https://opendoors.idrc.ocadu.ca/opening-your-doors-seminar/
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BIG IDeA partners with Entertainment District BIA to enhance accessibility for customers

Toronto Entertainment District BIA logo
BIG IDeA logo
Monday, June 18, 2018

OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre is pleased to announce a new partnership between BIG IDeA, OCAD University’s business accessibility innovation project, and The Toronto Entertainment District BIA. The partnership features the implementation of the BIG IDeA platform, Ontario’s first end-to-end platform on accessibility for businesses and their customers, allowing businesses to offer an inclusive customer experience. 

The BIG IDeA platform provides a space for businesses to set up a customer feedback account, learn about accessibility solutionsfrom similar businesses, getresources and training on providing an inclusive customer experience, and be promotedon Accessibility Cloud and in the BIG IDeA Showcase. Businesses can also earn badges for accessibility achievementsto display on their premises and websites. 

Everyone is included in BIG IDeA’s process for accessibility innovation. OCAD U’s Inclusive Design Research Centre leads a consortium that is developing and implementing the BIG IDeA platform. Anyone can submit an accessibility challenge and participate in inclusive design challenge events, where solutions are created by a diverse mix of customers, designers and business owners. 

As the John Street Cultural Corridor undergoes improvements, BIG IDeA will work with local businesses to help them upgrade their accessibility-readiness. BIG IDeA teams will be visiting the area in June and July, and organizing a special John Street Inclusive Design Challenge to help keep John Street accessible, both while construction is underway, and afterwards. 

Businesses and customers can register on BIG IDeA’s website to prepare for these challenges together. Visit www.bigidea.one to participate. 

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

About the Toronto Entertainment District BIA
Established in 2008, in support of the businesses of this area, the Toronto Entertainment District BIA’s (http://torontoed.com/) mandate is to promote, improve and preserve this dynamic area of Toronto. Benefitting from economic, environmental and social factors driving downtown growth, the Entertainment District has established itself as a thriving and vibrant district for living, creating, working and entertainment.

About the Inclusive Design Research Centre
The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) (https://idrc.ocadu.ca/) is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively.

Free courses on how to make website and content accessible

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario government’s Accessibility Centre of Excellence (ACOE), is offering free courses to the public sector on how to make website and content accessible.
The ACOE is the authoritative source of accessibility information across the provincial government as it relates to information and information technology. Training will be delivered live by an ACOE trainer via webinar.

OCAD U professor talks to CBC about AI and accessibility

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, Jutta Treviranus, is featured on the latest edition of Spark, CBC Radio’s program on technology in our rapidly changing world. Titled “AI's problem with disability and diversity,” the episode looks at how machine learning doesn’t take into account people who don’t fit into the “norm.” Treviranus’s work focuses on creating more inclusive and accessible technology, and how we can improve artificial intelligence systems so they can better serve everyone, including people with disabilities.

You can listen to the episode on CBC Radio One on Sunday Sept. 10 at 1:05 p.m. and Wednesday Sept. 13 at 2:05 p.m., or listen online

Province launches strategy to connect people with disabilities to employers

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ontario is launching a new strategy to connect more people with disabilities to rewarding jobs and more employers to new talent to help grow their businesses.

Access Talent: Ontario's Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities will help increase employment for people with disabilities and connect businesses to talent by:

  • Supporting the development and employment goals of students and young people, including the launch of a new pilot through the Ontario Disability Support Program to provide individualized and coordinated services and supports.
  • Engaging employers as partners and champions through an online platform that will connect businesses, people with disabilities, and the public to share advice and lessons learned.
  • Streamlining employment and training services to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers through the introduction of a new Supported Employment program at Employment Ontario.
  • Establishing the government as an accessibility leader by raising awareness and changing attitudes through public education. 
  • Increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and connecting businesses to new talent are part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

The government is partnering with OCAD University's Inclusive Design Research Centre to deliver the BIG IDeA, a collaborative pilot program that celebrates successes and promotes innovations in accessibility. As part of the program, major tech companies—including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple—are helping to break down accessibility barriers in machine learning models.

 

Ontario Government Partnering with OCAD U to Improve Accessibility for Consumers

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

President Sara Diamond spoke at the 2017 BIA National Conference in Toronto on April 4 to help launch the BIG IdeA, a collaborative pilot program that celebrates successes and promotes innovations in accessibility.

The Ontario government is partnering with OCAD University's Inclusive Design Research Centre to deliver the BIG IDeA, which will help make inclusion top-of-mind for companies – and customers – so that accessibility becomes an integral part of Ontario’s culture.

Creating a culture of inclusion is central to OCAD University’s values and one that we uphold and promote on our campus and in our community.

At OCAD University, our Inclusive Design Research Centre, under the direction of Jutta Treviranus, helps to orchestrate a collaborative and connected ecosystem of businesses, consumers, designers, developers, researchers, public organizations and innovators to ensure that emerging socio-technical systems and practices are designed inclusively.

BIG IDeA Quick facts:

  • Ontario is investing $500,000 in the BIG IDeA through the EnAbling Change Program, which supports projects that promote accessibility standards in businesses and organizations.
  • The BIG IDeA is first being piloted in Toronto, and will eventually expand across the province.
  • Major tech companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple, are working within the BIG IDeA to solve accessibility barriers in machine learning models.
  • The BIG IDeA emerged as the leading initiative in an open government engagement process.
  • People with disabilities represent a market worth $25 billion in Canada.
  • With the passage of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Ontario became an accessibility leader, establishing standards in key areas of daily life and implementing them within clear timeframes.
  • Ontario is developing a Provincial Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities to help connect people to jobs and employers to talent.
  • Businesses and organizations in Ontario with more than one employee must comply with the Accessible Employment Standard. It requires employers to have accessible hiring practices and workplace policies that support staff with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

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