Inclusive Design Research Centre Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) is celebrating 25 years of advocacy, change, collaboration, community, creativity, education, exploration, inclusion, innovation, progress, sharing, and teamwork. For two and a half decades an international community of people have come together to tackle some of the hardest problems we face: creating an accessible Web and world, pushing the boundaries of inclusive practices, transforming education, disrupting existing economies, power dynamics, and biases. Over the years, there have been hundreds of projects and partners. The team has changed and the thinking has evolved, but the focus has been the same — create practices, tools and techniques for those not being heard.

On Saturday, October 13 the IDRC will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at 49 McCaul St. The event will include presentations, performances, hands-on demos and CAKE. Be part of the future of change!

IDRC Open House 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Inclusive Design Research Centre 25th Anniversary
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

It’s going to be a party! A birthday party. The Inclusive Design Research Centre (formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre) is 25 years old. Come help us celebrate the past, give gratitude for the community, and plan how we’ll keep making changes into the future.

 

Venue & Address: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 49 McCaul St.
Website: 
https://deep.idrc.ocadu.ca/deep-objectives-and-process/
Email: 
deep@ocadu.ca

Diverging from The [Main] Stream and Multi-Sensory Exhibit

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 2:00pm

The second year Inclusive Design graduate students  invite you to our Summer Intensive exposition - Diverging from The [Main] Stream. Students from the Inclusive Design program will be exhibiting their current work and research in the Ada Slaight student galleries located at 100 McCaul St. from noon until 7:30 pm on Friday July 13. The students are looking forward to receiving feedback on their research. Please see poster with more information. All are welcome.

Multi-Sensory Exposition

In association with the Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS3—2018) please join us at the Multi-Sensory Exposition taking place in the Ada Slaight Gallery this weekend. Kicking off Friday July 13, join us for our opening reception from 2:35 pm until 3:20 pm. On Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15 the gallery will be open from 10 am until 2 pm. All are welcome.

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery OCAD University 100 McCaul St. 2nd floor
Cost: 
Free
Poster for exhibition

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.

Initiative co-led by IDRC and The New School receives $1M Google grant

Platform Co-op Funding Graphic
Platform Co-op team at work
Platform Co-op staff at work
Friday, June 1, 2018

OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Center (IDRC) and New York’s The New School's Platform Cooperativism Consortium (PCC) have received a Google.org grant of $1,000,000 for their joint project supporting platform co-ops.  

The grant supports the economic development of cooperatives in the digital economy. It focuses specifically on creating a critical analysis of the digital economy and designing open source tools that will support platform co-ops working in sectors such as child care, elder care, home services, and recycling​ in the United States, Brazil, Australia, Germany, and India. Platform co-ops are web and app supported organizations that are owned and democratically governed by workers and/or users. The initiative is jointly led by PCC founder Trebor Scholz at The New School with Jutta Treviranus, who leads OCAD U’s IDRC. 

The partnership is centered around developing the Platform Co-op Development Kit, a platform to help interested people start platform co-ops. The Kit will include a map of the ecosystem, a resource library about platform co-operativism, as well as tools that can ease the legal process for these startups, help democratic decision-making, and a customizable labor platform. By making these tools freely available and open source, The Platform Cooperative Consortium aims to lower the barriers to entry for co-ops.

“Platform co-ops offer a powerful way to counter economic exclusion and corrosive disparity — a global challenge the Inclusive Design Research Centre has been tackling for 25 years,” said Dr. Treviranus. “This inspired partnership between the Platform Cooperative Consortium at The New School and the IDRC at OCAD U will empower individuals and groups that are currently economically marginalized to co-design a more inclusively prosperous future.”

“This grant is a big win for the cooperative movement and for platform co-op pioneers all over the world," said Scholz. "This kit will make it easier to start and run platform co-ops. It will also provide an interactive map of the co-op ecosystem and essential community-edited resources.”

“Google.org has provided funding to develop the kit, which will combine the research of the PCC and the practical knowledge of the thriving platform co-op community with the inclusive design and development strengths of the IDRC,” explained Scholz. “But to build out this critically important and timely project into further territories and sectors, additional funding will be needed.”

The grant will also allow the PCC to engage other leading organizations committed to creating jobs with fair pay and good working conditions for diverse populations working in the digital economy. By applying the cooperative model to digital labor, the Platform Co-op Development Kit offers a compelling alternative to the otherwise extractive and on-demand digital economy.