2016 Seminar Timetable

National Summit on Accessibility

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Seminar Details
Time Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 11:00 - 01:00
Category:Accessibility, Architecture, Building Code, Facility Management, Graphics + Wayfinding, Healthcare , Hospitality, Institution + Education, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Residential, Retail, Workplace
IDCEC #SE-10418-231; OAA Continuing Education

Accessible by Design: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Including Everyone’s Experiences

This summit will focus on appreciating how diverse stakeholders shape and improve our designs. Aging-in-place, incorporating different tactile and sensory experiences, accessibility-related policies or even incorporating the process of play are all vital to enhancing the dialogue of what makes our world inclusive, resilient to change, and accepting of various stakeholders.The summit will be divided into two distinct panel discussions that will enhance an intelligent dialogue relating to what makes our society inclusive, resilient to change, and accepting of various stakeholders. 

The summit’s panels will focus on two essential issues: Inclusive Play and Policy. Inclusive Play touches on all forms of design, including the built environment, industrial design, software and UX design, graphic design, and interior design. Play is an essential human experience. Panelists will include architects, industrial designers and graphic designers with an interest in play and game design.

The second panel will examine Canada’s policies relating to accessibility regulations— and the implications for all design fields. This panel will specifically discuss the requirements for designers working toward a fully accessible community, in Ontario by 2025 through the AODA,  in Manitoba through the AMA, and in Canada as a whole through the proposed federal accessibility regulations --and how designers can help design these policies. Government officials and representatives from the public sector in charge of accessibility legislation will be participating.

This session is preceded by a 2016 Keynote presentation “Empathetic Eyes: Design for Universal Delight” delivered by Chris Downey, and includes lunch.

Chair: Jutta Treviranus, Director of  the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)/ Professor in the Faculty of Design


  • Jutta Treviranus
    Director and Professor, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

    Jutta Treviranus is a full Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) in Toronto, Canada. She is the Director and Founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI).

    Treviranus is a world expert in the field of Inclusive Design and has made appearances at the White House and United Nations. She has "led many international multi‐partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion." Her work has included designing open source content and helping implement accessibility legislation, standards, and specifications. In 2013, the Governor General of Canada awarded Treviranus the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. ZoomerMedia chose Treviranus as one of Canada's Top 45 over 45 in 2012.

  • Ajmal Khan
    Engineer and Manager , Possibility Engineering And Research Lab (PEARL)

    Ajmal Khan is an engineer and manager of the Possibility Engineering And Research Lab (PEARL). PEARL, led by Scientist Elaine Biddiss, is part of the Bloorview Research Institute, housed in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada's largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities.

    Ajmal's work focuses on innovative technologies that create possibilities for young people with disabilities to participate more meaningfully in arts, music, physical activities, and therapies. Projects he has worked on include ScreenPlay, an interactive waiting room experience and Botley's Bootle Blast, a video game platform that promotes therapeutically relevant movements, designed from scratch with input from clinicians and kids."


  • Dawn Campbell
    Program Coordinator (Marketing and Partnerships), Rick Hansen Foundation
    Ontario Certified Teacher

    Dawn Campbell is an Ontario Certified Teacher she holds a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a degree in Disability Studies from Ryerson University.  Dawn also holds a diploma and certificate from Niagara College in Developmental Services.  

    She currently works full time with the Rick Hansen Foundation in the Rick Hansen School Program where she is Program Coordinator (Marketing & Partnerships). She has taught at Durham College, Loyalist College and Niagara College. She has been Assistant Coordinator in Ontario for Changing Minds, Changing Lives a program previously developed by the Canadian Paralympic Committee. For the past 20 years Dawn has advocated for the inclusion of people with disabilities.  Dawn works to build inclusive and accessible communities where everybody participates. In 2011, she was the recipient of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities Access Award for Kingston, Ontario.

  • Sandra Danilovic
    PhD Candidate, Computer Games Researcher, University of Toronto

    Sandra Danilovic is a PhD Candidate in Information Studies at the University of Toronto. She researches computer game design as a personal technology of self-care and expression. She also specializes in participatory and inclusive methodologies of research and design. She has facilitated and organized several game jams, the most recent one for OCADU's Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC). She has an extensive professional background in film production, fine arts and digital design. 

  • Thea Kurdi
    Associate, DesignABLE Environments Inc.
    Accessibility Code Consultant and Universal Design Specialist

    Thea Kurdi is an Accessibility Code Consultant and Universal Design Specialist registered with Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) and an affiliate member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She is an associate at DesignABLE Environments Inc., host of the award-winning The Accessibility Edge the radio show, and a member of the RAIC’s Age Friendly Housing Task Force.

    Thea has over 15 years of experience helping clients understand what accessibility means, how universal design is better design for everyone and how to better achieve the intent of our Human Rights Codes. Thea has participated in facility accessibility audits and drawing reviews including the development of audit/review protocols and checklists, preparation of final reports and presentations of findings. She is the client contact for the projects she works on as well as coordinating and scheduling activities or meetings as required. Over the last seven years,

    Thea has worked on fourteen different PSOS RFP proponent review projects.

    Thea has presented workshops and participated in conferences around the world educating design professionals on universal design of the built environment, including this year at IIDEX 2016 “How Smart Green Design Choices Create Accessible Spaces”.

  • Hon. Tracy MacCharles, MPP
    Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Minister Responsible for Accessibility, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

    MacCharles currently serves as Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, as well as Minister Responsible for Accessibility. She was previously Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister of Consumer Services and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services.

    MacCharles has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She was Vice-President of Human Resources at Manulife Financial for the Corporate and Information Technology Divisions. In 2004, she established her own Human Resources practice focused on health care, community health, education, employment, human rights, discrimination prevention and business effectiveness.

    MacCharles is a champion for disability advocacy. She is a former Chair of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council and also served on the Durham Board of Education’s Special Education Advisory Committee. She has been an active volunteer in her community and at the provincial level for numerous charities, including the Canadian Cancer Society – Scarborough Unit and the Ontario Division Board, the Big Sisters Association of Ajax-Pickering, the United Way and as Chair of her local School Community Council.

  • Yutta Fricke
    Executive Director, Manitoba’s Disabilities Issues Office (DIO)

    Yutta Fricke is the Executive Director of Manitoba’s Disabilities Issues Office (DIO), where she has worked since 2003.  Prior to joining the Government of Manitoba, Yutta worked with a number of local, national and international organizations, including Disabled Peoples International from 1988-99.  Yutta earned a B.A at the University of Winnipeg, a Graduate Diploma, at the Institute for International Development and Cooperation, and a Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa.  

  • Wanda E Gozdz
    President, B.S., A.S., CAPS, ALLIED ASID
    Allied ASID, CAPS

    Wanda E. Gozdz is the founder of her consulting and interior design company whose mission is to empower the aging to live independent quality lives in their home and work environments, with an emphasis on sustainable design. Her goal is to inform consumers on the changes they need to make to adapt their homes to their changing lifestyle and to educate professionals that serve the senior market on how to help their clients and their families “Age in Place.” Because of her determination to stay in her own home “forever,” her mother inspired Gozdz to move into the Aging in Place arena. Gozdz pursued a degree in residential interior design from Indian River State College and became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Today, she is an instructor for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which named her the 2014 CAPS Educator of the Year. She teaches Certified Aging in Place Designation courses and Universal Design nationwide and internationally and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the topic of “Aging in Place,” her area of expertise.

    Wanda was awarded the “2013 Laurel Award for Residential Construction less than 10,000 square feet.” Ms. Gozdz is the author of , “Sensible Smart Tips for Living in Your ForeverHome™” and is a co-author of the best selling book, Ignite Your Life, with Brian Tracy.

  • Ron Wickman
    Principal, Ron Wickman Architect

    Ron Wickman, Architect, BA, BEDS, M.Arch. Architect, AAA,MRAIC, is an architect with Ron Wickman Architect, specializing in Barrier Free Design, located in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Ron has won numerous award for his design projects. He had first hand experience in creating accessible environments because his dad was wheelchair bound. 
    Wickman was instrumental in creating "The Home for Life" project in Edmonton. He is also author of "A Visit from Pops."