Master of Design in Inclusive Design
Supports for complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
How do I make my web site accessible? How do I make my office documents accessible? How do I make information available in alternative formats? Businesses and organizations read our AODA Help.
Welcome to the IDRC
The IDRC is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively. Learn more about the IDRC.
The Three Dimensions of Inclusive Design
The Inclusive Design Research Centre and the MDes in Inclusive Design are working to better define and update what is meant by “Inclusive Design”. This is more challenging than you think as the practice has flexibility and adaptation at its core. Any criteria, principles or guidelines cannot be absolute but need to be relative to the user, the context, and the goal. We have even considered creating an inclusively designed definition that is presented in a flexible way depending on your particular perspective. We have landed on three dimensions that best explain the practice and principles of inclusive design.
In October, the IDRC hosted DEEP 2015: Designing Enabling Economies and Policies. Attendees from around the world discussed issues around "big data" and how it impacts our lives. Next year’s DEEP will be on October 13th and 14th, 2016 – save the date!
In November, the IDRC participated in a special Strand on Accessibility and OER at the 12th Annual Open Education Conference in Vancouver, BC, Nov. 18-20, 2015. IDRC Director Jutta Treviranus was part of a panel on Accessibility and OER, and many of the IDRC team were available at a dedicated area where attendes can collaborate with accessibility gurus and make code, designs, and content more inclusive. Attendees were able to “bring their own URL” and interact with a range of assistive devices to learn more about OER, inclusive design, and accessibility.
In December, IDRC Director Jutta Treviranus spoke at the IIDEXCanada National Summit on Accessibility, held in Toronto, ON on Dec.2-3, 2015.
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.
Prosperity4All develops the infrastructure and ecosystem that will allow for a ubiquitous auto-personalization of interfaces and materials, based on user needs and preferences, to grow (promote self-rewarding collaboration, reduce redundant development, lower costs, increase market reach and penetration internationally).
Preferences for Global Access
The goal of Preferences for Global Access 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.