Photo of Jutta Treviranus
Photo of Jutta Treviranus
Jutta Treviranus
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 3950

Area(s) of Expertise

Inclusive Design, Inclusive Education, Accessibility


Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto ( 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 ( Jutta founded and directs an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University ( ). Together with Gregg Vanderheiden, she is the co-director of the Raising the Floor Consortium ( that coordinates the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure project ( She leads many international multi-partner open source research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project (, Floe Project ( Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain with projects such as Web4All, TILE and FLOE. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines, as well as the IMS AccessForAll and ISO 24751 standards implemented in the GPII).


Ph.D. University College Dublin, ABD M.A. Special Education University of Toronto, 1994 B.Sc. OT University of Toronto, 1981

Professional Experience

University of Toronto Director (also established) Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (1993-2010) Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Information (2005-2010) Status Faculty, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Occupational Therapy (1999-2008) Adjunct Professor, Knowledge Media Design Institute (2004-2010) Director, Resource Centre for Academic Technology and ATRC (2001-2005) Manager, Centre for Academic Technology (from 1996- 2001) Microcomputer Applications Programme, Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre, Toronto, Ontario, (1989-1994) Research Project Coordinator Augmentative Communication Service, Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre, Toronto, Ontario, (1985-1993) Technology Consultant National Research Council, Rehabilitation Technology Unit, Toronto, Ontario (also reporting to: Technical Aids and Systems for the Handicapped, Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled), (1983-1985) Assistive Technology Consultant Hamilton Wentworth Home Care Programme, Hamilton, Ontario, (1981-1983) Community Occupational Therapist McMaster University, School of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, (1981-1983) Clinical Supervisor, Tutor

Awards \ Grants

Awards: 2013 International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 Award 2013 The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012 Canada's Top 45 over 45, Zoomer Magazine, Recognizing Canadians who have made a difference to Canada 2011 (to IDRC) Platinum Learning Impact Leadership Award, IMS Global Learning Consortium for A-Tutor 2009 IEEE TIC-STH 2009 Best Paper Award for paper entitled –The Value of the Unpopular– 2008 (to IDRC) Learning Impact Leadership Award, IMS Global Learning Consortium for Fluid Project 2008 (to IDRC) Learning Impact Leadership Award, IMS Global Learning Consortium for Transformable 2008 and 2007 IBM Faculty Award 2005 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award Most Recent Selected Grants: – –AEGIS Ontario"ORF- Research Excellence Fund 2009-2014, (2.4 M) – –Inclusive Design Institute"funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation 2009-2014 (8M with IOF) – –Inclusive Design Institute"funded by ORF- Research Infrastructure 2009-2014 (5.6 M) – –FLOE"funded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2010-2014 (1.875 M) – –Accessible Digital Office Documents"funded by UNESCO and Enabling Change 2010 (50K) – –Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion as Canada's Digital Advantage""funded by SSHRC 2010 (25K) – –Mobile Accessibility in Canada""funded by CRTC 2010 (25K) – –Cloud4All""funded by EU FP7 "IDRC Architectural Lead "Canadian support through CFI (2011) – –ICT Accessibility in Canada""funded by Industry Canada 2012 (25K) – –Preferences for Global Access"- with ISKME, funded by US Dept. of Ed. 2012 (400K to IDRC)

Selected Publications

Treviranus, Jutta (2014). Leveraging the Web as a Platform for Economic Inclusion. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2105. Treviranus, J. (2014) The Value of the Statistically Insignificant. Educause Review, January/ February 2014: 46-47 Lewis, L., Treviranus, J. (2013): Public policy and the global public inclusive infrastructure project. Interactions 20(5): 62-66. Vanderheiden, G., Treviranus, J., Gemou, M., Bekiaris, E., Markus, K., Clark, C., Basman, A. (2013). The Evolving Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). HCI(6) 2013: 1-7-116. Treviranus, J., Stolarick, K., Densted, M., Fichten, C., Ascunsion, J., (2011) –Leveraging Inclusion and Diversity as Canada's Digital Advantage."SSHRC. Treviranus, J., Richards, J., Silva, J., Mobile, (2011) –Wireless Handset Accessibility Assessment."CRTC. Kemper, A., Stolarick, K., Milway, J., Treviranus, J., (2010) Releasing Constraints: Projecting the Economic Impacts of Increased Accessibility in Ontario. Martin Prosperity Institute. Treviranus, J. (2010). The Value of Imperfection: the Wabi-Sabi Principle in Aesthetics and Learning. In Open ED 2010 Proceedings. Barcelona: UOC, OU, BYU. [Accessed: 10/1/2011]. Treviranus,J., Hockema, S., –The Value of the Unpopular: Counteracting the Popularity Echo-Chamber on the Web,"IEEE TIC-STH 2009 (Recipient of Best Paper Award). Treviranus, J. (2009) –You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato, Let's Not Call the Whole Thing Off –in On the Horizon. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Treviranus, J. (2008), –Authoring Tools,"in Web Accessibility: A Foundation for Research..Editors: Yeliz Yesilada and Simon Harper. Springer, Hamburg Treviranus, J. & Roberts, V. (2007), –Disability, Special Education and IT –in International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education. Editors: J.M. Voogt, G. Knezek. Springer, Hamburg. Shafrir, U., Etkind, M., Treviranus, J. (2006). ELearning Tools for EPortfolios in Handbook of Research on EPortfolios. Editors Ali Jafari, Catherine Kaufman. IDEA Group Reference. Treviranus, J. & Roberts, V. (2006), Inclusive E-learning in International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environment. Editors: Joel Weiss, Jason Nolan, Peter Trifonas, Kluwar, Springer, Hamburg. Brewer, J., Treviranus, J., (2003), –Developing and Reusing Accessible Content and Applications"in Reusing Resources for Networked Learning, Allison Littlejohn editor, Routledge Press, London, UK. Treviranus, J., Roberts, V., (2003). 'supporting competent motor control of AAC systems–in Communicative Competence , David Beukelman, Joe Reichle editors, Brookes Publishing. Treviranus, J., Petty, L., 2001, Computer Access, in Manual of Assistive Technology. Mosby, Chicago. Weiss T., Whiteley C., Treviranus, J., and Fels, D.I. (2000). PEBBLES: A personal technology for meeting educational, social and emotional needs of hospitalized children. Personal Technologies. Fels, D.I., Williams, L., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1999). Developing a video-mediated communication system for hospitalized children. Telemedicine Journal. 5(2). 193-207. Williams, L., Fels,D. I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., Eagleson, R. (2002). Control of a remote communication system by children. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. Treviranus, J. and Serflek, C., –Virtual Reality Technologies and People with Disabilities,"Encyclopedia of Microcomputers, vol. 19, Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York 1997 Treviranus, J. (1994). Mastering Alternative Computer Access: The role of understanding, trust and automaticity. Assistive Technology: the official journal of RESNA, 6(1), 26-42. Treviranus, J. (1994). Virtual Reality Technology and People with Disabilities. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. MIT Press. 3(3),201-208. Treviranus, J. (1993). The many views of Jane. In A Glimpse of Disabilities and Empowerment. P. Lindsay, I. Davidson and J. Light eds. Toronto: Sharing to Learn, 173-201. Shein, F., Treviranus, J., Brownlow, N. D., Milner, M., & Parnes, P. (1992). Human-Computer Interaction by People with Physical Disabilities. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 9(2), 171-181. Nantais, T., Shein, F., and Treviranus, J. (1993). A Predictive Selection Technique for Single-Digit Typists. IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, in print.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

– Project Editor, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 on Education Learning and Training – Chair W3C ATAG (Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines) – W3C WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) Coordination group member – Expert Member, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Member, Accessibility Advisory Board, Canadian Human Rights Museum – Member, AODA Advisory Council (to 2011) – Co-director, Raising the Floor International