New Projects

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Project Descriptions:

  • Project Outside In
    Project Outside In will establish a responsive, experiential skills training program tailored to the constraints and needs of youth with episodic and invisible disabilities (including learning disabilities, mental health challenges, and ADHD). Youth who face multiple and complex barriers to employment will gain diverse, incremental skills and expertise in addressing accessibility and inclusive design demands, in part generated by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in Ontario. Youth will be supported in creating viable service enterprises or pursuing other career-path options that accommodate the personal challenges they face, while addressing the growing demand for inclusively designed products and services.

  • Preferences for Global Access
    The goal of this project is the design and development of web software to assist users with disabilities in creating online user profiles that specify their needs and preferences for how online information and services should be presented to them. The key to ensuring successful access to information and services is a personal statement expressing needs and preferences for specific contexts and goals. These "preference sets" automatically configure information and applications to meet individual. This team is developing tools and technologies to support users in specifying their individual needs and preferences in several application settings.
  • Accessible Digital Office Document

    ADOD is developing vendor-neutral guidance related to digital office documents, including: a harmonized framework, based on W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 1.0, for determining the accessibility of office documents, office document formats and office applications; a set of practical application-specific, but vendor-neutral instructions, on how to create accessible office documents from common office application suites. ADOD is being developed in partnership with UNESCO and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.

  • ÆGIS Ontario: Integrating Accessibility into Emerging ICT

    The ÆGIS(Ontario) project, funded by the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence program, is working in close partnership with ÆGIS(Europe) to ensure that emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) are designed inclusively, thereby supporting Ontario's commitment to equal access and preparing Ontario's ICT businesses to meet the growing global demand for products and services that provide accessibility to people of all abilities. Along with the IDRC, ÆGIS(Ontario) also includes researchers at Ryerson University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, York University, and the University of Toronto.

  • ÆGIS EU: Integrating Accessibility into Emerging ICT

    The ÆGIS(Europe) project is a major open source accessibility project funded by the European Commission. This 20-member consortium (including the IDRC) seeks to use third generation access techniques to deeply embed accessibility into mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications). This approach is developed and explored with the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT are addressed. The OAF provides embedded and built-in accessibility solutions, as well as toolkits for developers, for “engraving” accessibility in existing and emerging mass-market ICT-based products, thus making accessibility open, plug and play, personalised and configurable, realistic and applicable in various contexts. All developments will be iteratively tested with a significant number of end users, developers and experts in 3 phases and 4 Pilot sites Europe-wide (in Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the UK).

    The project includes strong industrial and end user participation (the participating industries are among the market leaders in the corresponding mainstream ICT markets). The project results’ uptake is promoted by strong standardisation activities, as well as the fact that much of the technology results will be either new open source applications or will be built into existing and already widely adopted open source ICT.

  • Floe Project

    Floe provides the resources needed to enable inclusive access to personally relevant, engaging learning opportunities for the full diversity of learners and content producers. Through the Open Education Resources community, Floe makes tools available that transform, augment, and personalize the learning experience.

  • Fluid Project

    FLUID is an open source software community that designs user interfaces, build Web tools, teaches inclusive design, and integrates interface components into open source applications. The Fluid community consists of an international team of partners, individuals, and institutions focused on designing flexible, customizable, user-centered interfaces. Fluid produces Infusion, an open, rich, reusable set of user interface components and more.

  • Inclusive Design Institute

    The Inclusive Design Institute (IDI), Canada’s first research hub to focus on the inclusive design of emerging, mainstream information and communication technologies (ICT), will provide world leadership in addressing the critical and timely question: “how do we design and develop our ICT systems and practices such that they are inclusive of people with varying abilities, languages and cultural preferences?” The IDI will act as a generative hub of research, innovation and training to help Ontario and Canada respond to legislative commitments, market demands, and regional/provincial/national values of inclusion and diversity.

  • Leveraging Inclusion and Diversity as Canada’s Advantage Report

    A research report that investigates insights, evidence, interpretations and effective practices that test and explore the hypothesis, Canada can both address the need for an inclusive digital economy and leverage inclusive design as an economic driver, becoming a world leader in inclusively designed digital technologies, services and content. Partners for this project include The Martin Prosperity Institute, The Adaptech Research Network and the Inclusive Design Research Centre.

  • Raising the Floor

    Raising the Floor is an international coalition of individuals and organizations working to ensure that the Internet is accessible to people experiencing accessibility or literacy problems, even if they have very limited or no financial resources. The goal is to ensure that individuals who need special interfaces are as free and able as everyone else to use the new and emerging Internet tools and resources to live more independently and productively, and to achieve their life's goals.

  • Bridging Gaps to Access & Employment in the Entertainment & Media Industries for Persons with Disabilities

    The Bridging Gaps to Access & Employment in the Entertainment & Media Industries for Persons with Disabilities project focuses on the transfer of knowledge gained in the development and implementation of a uniquely accessible online support system with social networking and an online learning system to an industry where clients with disabilities experience barriers and are underutilized.  An integrated management system and data base for artists will provide a referral service for employment; support casting directors, host online courses, and introduce social networking tools for community building.