Jason Goodman, UX Instructor

Jason Goodman is a Sessional Instructor at OCAD University, having taught UX Design & Prototyping at the Masters Level, Toy Design at the Undergraduate level, as well as corporate training with both continuing education and OCAD Co. (the corprate/business training division). 

Gary Taxali: Toy Signing & Print Launch

Gary Taxali at DvA Gallery in Chicago
Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 7:00pm

DvA Gallery in Chicago toy signing and print launch by Illustration Instructor Gary Taxali.

Venue & Address: 
DvA Gallery 2568 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Women In Toys scholarship winner is Industrial Design student Rebecca Manoharan

Rebecca Manoharan toy design
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 4:15pm

Brett Belcher' toy design student Rebecca Manoharan won a $5000 scholarship for her toy design! This night-light chameleon toy engages the ritual of bedtime for children. It dangles then retracts for a set amount of time, eventually turning off while helping children understand the difficult concept of time. Her toy evolved from garbage:) Students had to reclaim a toy from discarded material, to experience what it’s like to create.
From W.I.T. scholarship: "We loved that this product incorporated both a play experience while addressing practical parental concerns in a nurturing and fun way.”

Hack! Toys for Accessibility Workshop

 Hack! Toys for Accessibility Workshop
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 3:00pm

Presented by IN Series

This workshop will teach you to adapt battery-operated toys to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. Through hands-on activities, you will learn to solder and modify simple electronics.

What is Switch Accessibility for Toys?

Playing with “off-the-shelf” toys is not possible for many children with physical disabilities. However, if a child can use their feet, arm, mouth, head or a part of their body consistently, then it is possible to add a switch to make the toy accessible without affecting the function - as the existing button will still operate as it was originally intended.

Everyone is welcome to this fun workshop including: parent(s), guardians, relatives and family friends; occupational, physical, music and recreational therapists; speech language pathologists; makers and tinkerers. Children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $25.00 per kit
A limited number of fully subsidized kits are available at no cost to registrants; please inquire.

Facilitator: Jorge Silva, Inclusive Technology Developer at the Inclusive Design Research Center; Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, OCAD University.

In this workshop registrants will learn to:
1. Identify areas on the body that an individual with a physical disability can use to access an ability switch.
2. Describe features of a toy that allow for switch accessibility.
3. Identify components required for a switch to work.
4. Open and understand the wiring of a toy from battery to switches to the activation of the device.
5. Modify an off-the-shelf toy and add a switch jack for accessibility.
Toys for ‘Hacking’

You may bring a toy to modify, or we will provide a donated toy. If you are bringing a toy, make sure it runs on batteries, (no AC/wall plug in toys). Toys with a simple operation such as a touch, squeeze, pull operation, e.g. a stuffed animal that makes noise when squeezed, a functional toy like a bubble maker, or remote control toys, are suitable for modification.

IN Series, is a series of public presentations, which promotes discussion and engagement on a wide variety of topics about Inclusion - Disability, Accessibility, Health, Education, Culture and the Arts. IN Series is hosted by the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) at OCAD University. The IDI is a hub of applied research that addresses the challenge of design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, including users with disabilities, language needs and various cultural preferences. Through research, industry collaboration, education and civic engagement, the IDI fosters the goals of an innovative, creative and inclusive society.
Please contact idi@ocad.ca for any accessibility needs. Those requiring attendant care are the responsibility of the registrant.

Contact: David Pereyra, Ph. Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University, 49 McCaul Street. Telephone: 416-977-6000 Ext. 4672, Email: dpereyra@ocadu.ca

Refreshments provided.





$25.00 per kit (individuals or groups are welcome)

Venue & Address: 
Participatory Inclusive Design Lab, Inclusive Design Institute, Room 4904 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario