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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Jutta Treviranus

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto (http://idrc.ocadu.ca). With its origins in the ATRC, which she launched in 1993, Jutta has established the IDRC as an international center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging digital systems, networks and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise (http://inclusivedesign.ca).

Graduate Thesis/MRP Alumni Panel

Graduate Thesis//MRP Week logo
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

This annual alumni panel discussion is very popular, and will feature talks and advice from a recent graduate perspective. It will be an opportunity for current graduate students at various stages of their work to acquire and share insights and strategies on the thesis and MRP research and production process.

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us as soon as possible so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 301, at 205 Richmond Street West
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/current-students/thesis-mrp.htm
Email: 
abrummell@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x4367
Cost: 
Free
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Graduate Thesis//MRP Week

Graduate Thesis//MRP Week logo
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 5:00am to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:00am

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Open Thesis/MRP Office Hours Monday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Drop in for a demo of the Open Research Repository. Look at the bound copies, get your formatting checked.

Thesis/MRP Alumni Panel Tuesday, November 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Alumni are invited to come and share their MRP/Thesis experience.

REB for Grad Students Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

An Intro to the REB and ROMEO for graduate students at various stages of their thesis/MRP research.

Copyright for Graduate Students Thursday, November 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

What should students be considering when looking at copyright and Creative Commons for the Thesis/MRP? How should students be referencing copy written materials in their work and how to give proper credits?

Graduate Level and Scholarly Writing Faculty Panel Friday, November 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Moderated by the Dean of Graduate Studies, a panel of Graduate Faculty member’s discussion what scholarly writing at the graduate level should look like.

 

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us as soon as possible so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/current-students/thesis-mrp.htm
Email: 
abrummell@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x4367
Cost: 
Free
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Public Presentation: Grahame Lynch,Tenure Track Candidate, Faculty of Design

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 7:00pm

Grahame Lynch currently teaches on tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University. Grahame’s areas of research includes issues of accessibility for people with visual impairment as well as the study of graphic design and communication systems in countries with low literacy rates.

Venue & Address: 
Room 627, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Beyond the Margins: A Public Forum on the Culture of Discrimination

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 11:00pm to Friday, March 28, 2008 - 1:00am

Speakers: Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Rachal Gorman and Richard Fung.

Featuring poetry and performances by Chet Singh and Jarret Prescott.
A presentation on the everyday erasure of issues of racism, misogyny, accessibility and homophobia. Vicky Moufawad-Paul is a Video artist and the Programming and Exhibitions Coordinator at A Space Gallery. Rachel Gorman is a choreographer, performance artist, and lecturer at the Women and Gender Studies Institute of the University of Toronto. Richard Fung is a Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic who teaches at OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Access for All

Monday, January 28, 2008 - 5:00am to Monday, February 4, 2008 - 5:00am

This exhibition showcases a variety of programs and projects in and around Toronto which address disability/accessibility. The exhibition highlights ideas and programming of relevance to contemporary designers as they develop strategies for quality design that accommodates diversity and inclusivity across a broad spectrum of public and private activities and needs.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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