Accessibility Innovation for Business

The Province of Ontario, Canada is partnering with OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre to deliver the Big IDeA collaborative project to promote innovations in accessibility. The program features:

·         An interactive website that promotes constructive dialogue between businesses and people with disabilities

·         Badges and toolkits to recognize accessibility leaders and promote best practices that inspire other businesses

·         Map-a-thons, where students and the public can crowd-source updates to apps that map the locations of businesses and rate the accessibility of their services

·         Design challenges, such as inviting tech companies to teach their “smart” machines- that recognize speech, give advice or make decisions- to be more responsive to people with disabilities.

This initiative is designed to help companies including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Apple to solve accessibility barriers.

To learn more about the BIG IDeA project, click here.