The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Competition is not running for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please stay tuned for more information about future competitions. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look at our past IDeA finalists and learn about their innovative, cost-effective, and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues in the community.
The IDeA student competition is aimed to inspire Ontario’s undergraduate students to develop innovative, cost-effective, and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues in the community. Working individually or in teams, students at Ontario universities are encouraged to collaborate with industry, government, and community partners, including members of the disability community, to identify an accessibility-related issue, develop a plan to address the issue, and implement an innovative and unique solution, with input and guidance from academic and industry experts.
Created through a partnership between COU and the Government of Ontario, IDeA is inspired by the goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to make Ontario the most accessible province by 2025.
“Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists,
it is making a new space, a better space for everyone.”
— Rachel Olivero, Diversity Officer for the
Greater Essex County District School Board
There are accessibility-related initiatives underway across the province from an accessible YouTube channel to interactive displays and accessible gizmos.