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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.


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.


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

Application Requirements

At least one member of the applying team needs to be a Ryerson student or recent graduate (graduated 2014 or later).
Your application must include the completed Application Form.
The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017.
I have an innovative idea and I’m ready to share it!

Important Dates

  • October 20, 2017: Application deadline
  • October 21-30, 2017: Selection process
  • October 31, 2017: Shortlisted candidates to be contacted
  • November 15, 2017: Presentation at launch event


Individuals or groups can apply to 1 of the 3 stages of funding:

  1. Ideation:
    Those who have an idea, but need support turning that idea into a reality.
  2. Product Development:
    Those that are ready for beta testing or prototyping. This could also include a research proposal that justifies the need for further field work.
  3. Scale:
    For companies that want to scale their product/solution to the next level or add a new feature to their existing product/solution.

At least one member of the applying team needs to be a Ryerson student or recent graduate (graduated 2014 or later).

Selection Committee

  • A committee chaired by Dean of The Chang School
  • Representatives and entrepreneurs from the DMZ & Sandbox
  • Accessibility subject matter experts


For any inquiries on the application process, please contact Elaine Lam at

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 currently Dean of 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