OCAD University receives federal funding to support accessibility

l-r: Dr. Treviranus, Colin Clark, Associate Director, IDRC and Minister Qualtrough. Photo: Martin Iskander.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 10:45am

Today at OCAD University, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced several initiatives to support youth leaders in their efforts to build a more accessible Canada. At the event, Minister Qualtrough announced that OCAD U’s Inclusive Research Design Centre (IDRC) will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Accessible Technology Program. This announcement, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will support the Coding to Learn and Create project. Coding to Learn and Create will develop new inclusive educational coding tools that will support the participation of students with complex learning needs, and will share critically-needed teaching resources and strategies to help educators teach more inclusively. The program is led by OCAD U’s IDRC, in partnership with Bridges Canada.

As a university that values accessibility, cultural diversity and equitable global citizenship, OCAD U is proud to support the IDRC, under the direction of Dr. Jutta Treviranus. The largest centre of its kind in the world, the centre’s goal is to make sure that everyone can participate in shaping and using the systems and networks that are transforming and connecting our society.

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Heather Robson, Acting Director, Research Services, Colin Clark, Associate Director, IDRC, Dr. Treviranus, Minister Qualtrough,

OCAD U’s IDRC receives grant to promote equitable inclusion in education

Storytelling Co-design Workshop with ESL high school students - Spring 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 2:30pm

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University has received a $1.2 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in open education. The grant will support the IDRC’s Flexible Learning for Open Education (FLOE) project, which pushes the understanding and practice of equitable inclusion within open teaching and learning by providing resources to personalize how students learn and to address barriers to learning. The FLOE project will coordinate inclusive workshops to address challenges; capture and share insights and processes; and build capacity and support within the larger open education community to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Led by its founder, Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Faculty of Design, the IDRC is a research and development centre at OCAD U, 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.

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Web of Strings activity in Storytelling Co-design Workshops - Spring 2019