IDRC - Celebrating 25 Years

1993 - 2018

August 22, 2018

The IDRC has recently begun a number of new projects:

Designing Inclusive Cities (project website)
The IDRC is working with the Sidewalk Toronto team to help create accessibility and inclusion principles. Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort between Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto to use smart technology and new construction techniques to develop a piece of land on Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

The IDRC aims to ensure that the Sidewalk Toronto team considers the wide and diverse range of people’s needs and preferences in the design and development of this piece of land. Different groups and communities are invited to participate in a co-design process it help define and envision an inclusive and accessible city.

CISL (funded by the the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs)
This project brings inclusive open education tools and knowledge from the FLOE Project to the newly-announced Center on Inclusive Software for Learning (CISL). Led by CAST, CISL will support the development of an open-source software suite, industry guidelines and supporting research to ensure K-12 students get engaging personalized learning through Open Education Resources.

Bodies in Translation (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Bodies in Translation is a research project that creates collaborative partnerships between artists, arts organizations, activists, scholars, and educators. With the Canadian disability arts community, the IDRC is co-designing the project’s Knowledge Platform as well as new technologies to support inclusive artistic creation.

Platform Co-op 
In collaboration with the Platform Co-op movement (, the goal of the project is to realize the full aspirations of Platform for Economic Inclusion. Together with Trebor Scholtz, the Platform Co-op Consortium and the New School, the IDRC will be developing a Platform Co-op Development Kit with the support of several foundations. The first implementation will be focused on care: childcare, attendant care and eldercare. “The work that makes all other work possible."

The Social Justice Repair Kit (with funding from the Oak Foundation) -
The goal of this project is to

  • help youth movements and social justice initiatives to become welcoming environments for youth with learning differences
  • benefit from the advantages of inclusive design.

BIG IDeA (An Enabling Change Project with the Government of Ontario) –
BIG IDeA (Business Innovation Guide for Inclusion Design and Accessibility) brings together businesses, customers with lived experience of disability and designers to collaboratively advance accessibility innovation in Ontario and create a culture of accessibility and inclusion. We are:

  • Collecting inclusion barriers and hosting design challenges to create inclusive alternatives
  • Mapping accessibility of Ontario in our BIG IDeA mapathon
  • Recognizing accessible businesses through customer reviews, showcases and badges
  • Providing resources, training and help on inclusion and AODA compliance

Get involved, BIG IDeA is for everyone!

Our Doors are Open (An Enabling Change Project with the Government of Ontario) -
Our Doors Are Open: A Multi-Faith Welcome to Persons with Disabilities will develop good practices for inclusive community engagement by places of worship of all faiths across Ontario, and support them to achieve a culture of inclusion in services and community gatherings. Our Doors are Open will provide:

  • training-materials and resources,
  • community inclusion workshops
  • train-the-trainer seminars
  • accessibility assessments and guidance on digital communications
  • accessibility mapathon kits to help you build awareness in your congregation