Register now for DEEP 2019 (Designing Enabling Economies and Policies), Oct. 18th

DEEP 2019, Designing Enabling Economies and Policies
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

This year the one-day DEEP event will be the beginning of a series of challenge workshops that extend throughout the year. These workshops will address challenges that are important to all of us, but that don’t receive enough attention or investment because they are too complex or because the people that are most affected don’t have enough influence or power.

We also hope you will get involved in many new and ongoing inclusive design projects. Our new projects are Code Learn Create and Project We Count. Code Learn Create is building inclusive educational coding tools, so that everyone can participate in this “new literacy”. We Count makes sure that people are not excluded from the data economy, and that data-based decisions are not biased against minorities, diversity and complexity. 


We are gathering our international partners to help us plan the next iteration of our Social Justice Repair KitFLOE and Platform Co-op Development Kit projects. 


The topics we will tackle are tough, but also personally relevant to everyone attending. Among the themes running through our discussions will be: 

  • ownership and agency in a data-driven world, 
  • how truth and value are determined, 
  • reversing rising financial disparity and political polarization, and 
  • the relationship between inclusion and sustainability.

We also intend to have fun and celebrate the opportunity to connect with old and new friends.


Venue & Address: 
Location: Cooper Koo YMCA 461 Cherry Street Toronto, ON M5A 0H7
416-977-6000 x3967
Free to register but please tell us if your plans change.

OCADU Centre for Students with Disabilities: Walk-In, Student Advisory Group, and more

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OCADU Centre for Students with Disabilities New Walk-In Hours: Monday-Friday 1:00pm-2:00pm

230 Richmond St. W, 6th floor         416 977 6000 x 339


CSD Advisory Group Calling All Students: The Centre for Students with Disabilities is developing a student advisory group to support and direct the important work of the Centre. The first planning meeting is Friday February 8th at 12:00pm-1:00pm in the CSD Lounge at 230 Richmond St. W. 8th floor. Please see poster for more details.

Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE)

Deadline: FEBRUARY 22, 2019

The (BSWD) provides aid to students self-identifying as having either permanent or temporary disabilities. This bursary assists with the costs of disability-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids that are required to participate in post-secondary studies.

Note: Documentation from a registered health care professional may be required in order to link the requested service or support to the impact of your disability on your participation in post-secondary education.

Please visit for more information or speak with a Accessibility Advisor.

Joubin/Selig Scholarship 2019 Re-Opening Spring 2019

The Joubin/Selig Fund has established a Scholarship Award at Toronto Foundation to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students in Ontario, with permanent physical (mobility) disabilities, who wish to pursue an education in their chosen field of study.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please see attached file below or visit 

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)

Deadline 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 29th, 2019 The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. All applications and supporting materials must be received by AEBC by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 29th, 2019 in order for applications to be considered.

The application package can be downloaded in French and English from:

Partial entrance restrictions, RHB 230 Richmond St. W.

The city of Toronto will be doing side walk repairs just under the entrance of 230 Richmond St W. This will take approximately 5-6 weeks to complete. If you or anyone experiences difficulties accessing the entrance, please contact Facilities so proper accommodations can be made. Please check the service alerts page for updates. Questions or concerns can be directed to Facilities at


Research Wednesdays: Inclusive Economies, Inclusive Cities 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join designer Cheryl Li and software developer Alan Harnum of OCADU’s Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) to learn about the IDRC’s work, with a focus on two recent projects: the Platform Cooperative Development Kit and Co-Designing Inclusive Cities.

About the IDRC:

The IDRC 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.   The IDRC’s design research encompasses disability and accessibility, economics, social justice and other inclusion-related areas of design. 

Cheryl Li is a designer and user researcher who is passionate about using participatory and inclusive design practices to transform human needs into tangible digital experiences and services. Her practice includes the end-to-end design process, from exploratory user research all the way through to UX/UI design and user testing. 

Alan Harnum is a software developer and design researcher whose interests include accessible technology, multimodal content presentation and inclusive design practice for software development. 

For more info about the IDRC visit:


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Interested in presenting about your own research experiences? Contact Daniel Payne at

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Introducing the OCADU Inclusive  Design Research Centre (IDRC) with  designer Cheryl Li and software  developer Alan Harnum

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

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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
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Our Doors Are Open booth at Parliament of the World's Religions 2018

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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

Venue & Address: 
Booth 624 Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

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.

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
416-977-6000 X4672
Seminar Event Details available at
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BIG IDeA partners with Entertainment District BIA to enhance accessibility for customers

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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 to participate. 

About OCAD University
OCAD University ( 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 ( 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) ( 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