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.

Relaunch of

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:30pm

I am delighted to announce the relaunch of, showcasing thesis portfolios of the Illustration Program's 2016 Graduating Class!

Congratulations to student representatives and designer Garry Ing (OCADU 2009 ) on the beautiful redesign of this site and for carrying on a program initiative that began in 2009. 

In addition to this year’s crop of talented artists, visitors can view archived work from previous graduates, as well as connect to their most current sites.

I encourage you to take a look. It is a wonderful collection of images to mark OCAD U’s 101st Annual Graduate Exhibition!




A11yTO Accessibility Camp

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 4:00am

Focusing on users with different disabilities, sessions cover digital accessibility topics from the web (technical to tactical), desktop software, mobile apps, eLearning, online gaming, open source innovations, wearables and everything in between.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Room 190 (Auditorium)
$5 suggested donation at the door.

Project AEGIS (Ontario) advances digital inclusion for diverse users

Woman using Tecla Access and a sip-and-puff switch
Fluid Infusion lets the user set their own preferences, such as line spacing and colour contrast.
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 8:00pm

Project AEGIS (Ontario) – led by OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) – is wrapping up after six years of work. Since 2008, the interdisciplinary team sought to answer the needs of people who face challenges when using conventional information and communication technologies (ICTs).

“Our work was based on the recognition that, because people are not standardized, we need affordable alternatives to mass-produced products that are a better fit for human diversity,” says Jutta Treviranus, the IDRC director and Project AEGIS (Ontario)’s principal investigator.

Project AEGIS (Ontario) focused on two communities: developers of ICT infrastructure, applications and services; and end users who experience physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities that pose barriers to conventional ICT access. Researchers developed a wide array of innovative solutions to address these design gaps, including

  • websites that automatically respond to users’ preferences (Fluid Infusion),
  • a system that lets people with spinal cord injuries independently operate their smartphones and tablets (Tecla Access), and
  • a tool that lets researchers remotely measure the usability and accessibility of mobile applications in real world use (OpenVULab).

OCAD U’s IDRC led Project AEGIS (Ontario) in partnership with York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and 21 other academic and corporate partners in Canada and Europe. Project AEGIS (Ontario) was a partner of Project AEGIS (Europe), and funding for the Ontario initiative was provided by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program.

Introducing 4ormat: Online Portfolios for OCAD U Students

Introducing 4ormat: Online Portfolios for OCAD U Students
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 5:00pm

Learn about your exclusive free portfolio and enter to win an iPad Mini!

OCAD University has developed an exciting partnership with 4ormat to provide no-fee access to their online portfolio-building tools for current students and faculty so that they can effectively showcase creative content using a sophisticated, customizable platform.

This pro-guided info session led by 4ormat CEO and co-founder Lukas Dryja will teach you how to set up your custom online portfolio from start to finish.

Tweet "Joining the @OCAD + @4ormat collaboration Oct 3 @ 1pm (rm 230)" and attend the event for your chance to win an iPad Mini!

For more info:


416-977-6000 x3843



Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St., Room 230 Toronto, Ontario

Accessibility Clinic

Accessibility Clinic
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 4:00am

Brought to you by the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI)

We take website accessibility seriously and so
should all website developers. If you are not sure your website passes at least the minimum
standards of accessibility required by the AODA, the Inclusive Design Research Centre now offers a free weekly clinic to help you check on the condition of your website.

A healthy website is an inclusive website! Make sure:
✓ Information is well structured and easily navigable
✓ Dynamic content is simple to understand and control
✓ Media is captioned and described
✓ Layout is adaptable and responsive
✓ Site complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

The web accessibility professionals are in on Tuesday afternoons for free consultations. We can examine your website to:
➡ Check for any accessibility problems
➡ Test your site with assistive technology
➡ Prescribe a remedy for existing accessibility issues
➡ Consult on next steps for achieving full accessibility compliance



Venue & Address: 
Inclusive Design Research Centre 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario