National Summits on Big Issues

National Summit on Accessibility

National Summit on Accessibility

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

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: 202 D
Price: $140 (includes lunch)
IDCEC # SE-10418-231, OAA Continuing Education
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This summit will focus on appreciating how diverse stakeholders help shape and improve our design. 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.

Jutta Treviranus, Director of  the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)/ Professor in the Faculty of Design Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Toronto

Ajmal Khan, Engineer and Manager , Possibility Engineering And Research Lab (PEARL)
Dawn Campbell, Program Coordinator (Marketing and Partnerships), Rick Hansen Foundation 
Sandra Danilovic, PhD Candidate, Computer Games Researcher, University of Toronto
Thea Kurdi, Associate, DesignABLE Environments Inc.
Accessibility representatives from the Provinces of Manitoba and Ontario
Representatives from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario


Inclusive Design Research Centre                Inclusive Design Institute

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