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Accessibility Project

Collaboration between The Chang School, DMZ, and Sandbox by DMZ

The Accessibility Project is a community and grant program that offers funding opportunities up to $25,000 to champion entrepreneurial talent and innovative ideas that will support people with disabilities.

As aspects of our everyday lives continue to face disruption through new delivery modes and technology, this represents both an opportunity and challenge for people living with disabilities.

Vision

The Chang School is a champion for accessibility and technology. Through a collaboration between The Chang School, DMZ (North America’s leading business incubator), and Sandbox (a space offering free programs to upgrade creative, digital, and entrepreneurial skills) came The Accessibility Project.

The Accessibility Project is a community and grant program that supports the development, commercialization, and growth of innovative ideas, products, and solutions for people with disabilities and aging populations.

The Accessibility Project offers up to $25,000 in funding, depending on the business plan and track – ideation, product development, and scale. More funding may be available as business plans mature.

Mission

To foster Ryerson’s entrepreneurial talent and grow technology innovations that will positively impact the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Project Finalists

Congratulations to all of our finalists!

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AccessNow

AccessNow is a grassroots, community-driven social enterprise focused on creating a more accessible world. Our mobile app and web platform collects and shares user-generated reviews regarding the accessibility of places worldwide, empowering people of all abilities to find access now.

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Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive Clothing is an innovative and fashionable adaptive clothing line designed for women who require the assistance of a caregiver to get dressed.

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Aorte Fitness Inc.

Aorte Fitness designs, manufactures, and equips SHIFT-FORCE exoskeletons that assist with balance and movement.

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Awaits

Awaits is a mobile application aiming to automate the consignment of wheelchairs at airports.

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Build for All

At Build for All, we’re building a platform that connects startups with resources they need to develop accessible and inclusive products and services. People around the world are joining the movement to begin their ventures with accessibility in mind right from the very beginning, creating with everyone in mind.

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CareBuddy

The medical realm today has two major issues. First, patients are passive elements in their own health management. Second, it is difficult to transfer meaningful patient health-related information amongst multiple medical devices and software. CareBuddy will allow patients to design and develop their own treatment and care under the supervision of a healthcare professional, and to connect the interoperability amongst multiple and different medical devices, equipment, and software currently used in the market through a single cloud-based platform.

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Caring Clown

The Caring Clown program is a unique non-credit course series offered through Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. This program is for adults 50+ who want to make a difference by bringing joy, laughter, and fun into the lives of long-term care residents. Through three courses, students are trained in clowning techniques and achieve an understanding of aging and the dementia process. In addition, working closely with long-term care homes, a practicum provides an opportunity for the Caring Clown to gain experience.

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Flusher

Flusher is a mobile application that helps users find washroom facilities in the vicinity that meet standards for cleanliness and appropriateness.

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In-Touch Digital Platform for Unconventional Users

In-Touch is an adaptive learning technology which extends the learning experience beyond the classroom hours and environment to serve as a safe online space for students to receive customized help from their tutors. In-Touch pairs a student mentee who is struggling in one area with a student mentor that is excelling in the same subject.

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Investigating the Automation of Locating Wandering Patients with Dementia using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and its Associated Applications

Our proposed project will support search-and-rescue efforts in locating wandering patients with dementia using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). UAVs have the potential to offer solutions in a wide range of applications, including search and rescue (SAR) and disaster management. The goal is to design an algorithm/theoretical model to predict and detect wandering patients.

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I Was Here

I Was Here is a podcast and photo series that captures a history of our city that has yet to be told. The podcast consists of interviews with older adults about specific places in Toronto and how those places have changed over time. The older adults interviewed have a connection to the history and/or evolution of that space, and their stories reveal many events of social, cultural, and political importance. The accompanying photo series showcases the storytellers in the podcast.

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MenuVox

MenuVox has created a mobile solution that instantly and automatically presents users with an accessible menu on their phone screens. These menus are interactive and navigable via a screen reader on their devices. The mobile application uses GPS, WiFi positioning, and Bluetooth beacons to accurately and dynamically display the menu for the restaurant at the user’s location.

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onBoard Canada Accessibility Project

This project will provide an educational tool to support boards in developing awareness about accessibility while providing strategies to ensure accessibility requirements are met. In addition, a promotional video regarding the Accessible Boards Toolkit will be produced that discusses the importance of inclusive leadership and accessibility, featuring a number of subject matter experts, community stakeholders, and board members/directors with disabilities. The project will also enhance the participation of persons with disabilities in program-related activities at onBoard Canada. Together, these measures seek to promote the greater participation of persons with disabilities in civic and community life through governance board service.

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Our Self Care

Our Self Care is an accessible and intersectional mental health and wellness digital magazine for women/femme/non-binary individuals.

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Pear Square

Pear Square is an online person-to-person marketplace. It connects individuals with disabilities with others who can provide essential assistance to allow them to fully participate in their daily lives at home, work, and school.

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Podcrash

Podcrash is being developed to make social media accessible for users who are blind or living with low vision.

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Prognosys Solutions

Prognosys Solutions is an objective diagnosis wearable technology for recognizing and detecting Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

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SmallTalk

SmallTalk’s web-based counselling tool allows users to capture stressors on nearly any device. Whether on a laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet, entries can be built upon at any time. Users can take photos on their smartphones and build on them when possible. SmallTalk allows individuals to express and record their state of mind by using a device’s built-in camera, microphone, or text. All can be used for one entry.

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tecla-e

tecla-e is a wireless assistive device that enables people with paralysis and other mobility disabilities to increase their independence by accessing and controlling mainstream mobile and smart home technology.

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Weardasun

Weardasun is a smart heated wearable technology, developed to eliminate the limitations of conventional winter wears and to prevent and take away the pain of chronic illnesses related to the head, hand joints, and other health issues which are caused and triggered by harsh low temperatures.

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Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse is a media library and player with a highly customizable interface.

 

Accessibility Project finalists Ryan Hill and Andrea McEwan tell Breakfast Television about Flusher, a mobile app that increases washroom access for people who require the use of safe and appropriate facilities.

Speakers from the Accessibility Project Showcase on November 15, 2017. From left: Michael Benarroch, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Ryerson University; Dean Marie Bountrogianni, The Chang School; Dr. Tom Chau, Research Director, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; and The Honourable David C. Onley.
Speakers from the Accessibility Project Showcase on November 15, 2017. From left: Michael Benarroch, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Ryerson University; Marie Bountrogianni, former Dean, The Chang School; Dr. Tom Chau, Research Director, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; and The Honourable David C. Onley.

Contact

For any inquiries on the application process, please contact Darren Cooper, Manager, Accessibility Project, at 416.979.5000, ext. 2550, or d5cooper@ryerson.ca.


About the Accessibility Project

Accessibility is a core value that is central to The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, evidenced through programs that support a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds. As the architect of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and as former Dean of The Chang School – one of the leading online learning units in the country – Dr. Marie Bountrogianni is a champion for accessibility and technology. Ryerson University has a deep commitment to societal relevance, diversity and inclusion and also houses the DMZ, a top ranked incubator for startups. As The Chang School continues to build hands-on opportunities through the newly launched Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX), a dedicated hub to foster technological innovations that support accessibility, it will help reflect our core values of equity, diversity and inclusion, draw on the experience from the DMZ and continue to strengthen Ryerson University’s reputation in fostering innovation and real-world societal relevance.

The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and DMZ