The Inclusive Design Research Centre started in 1993 as the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto.

The ATRC was an international centre of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging information, communication systems and practices. One of the ATRC’s main research focuses was the Web, and the ATRC grew up with the Web.

As of August 1, 2010, the ATRC moved to OCAD University in Toronto and was renamed the Inclusive Design Research Centre.

The mission of the IDRC continues to be the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices.

Significant milestones

These are some of the most significant milestones of our research centre over the years.


Adaptive Technology Resource Centre established

The ATRC is established at the University of Toronto.


ATutor created

ATutor helps curriculum providers create accessible learning resources


Fluid Project created

The Fluid Project is a web application framework and library of web components that helps technologists build accessibility into the foundation


Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) established

The IDI is a multi-institution regional research hub focusing on digital inclusion, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Post-secondary partner institutions include York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, UOIT, Sheridan College, Seneca College and George Brown College.


ATRC moves to OCAD University, renamed the Inclusive Design Research Centre

More than 25 permanent research staff and 15 multi-sector, international and national research projects made the transition to a new home at OCAD University.