Integrating Inclusive Design into Project Workflows

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a set of guidelines to assist designers in the task of designing digital content which will be accessible to users with a wide range of abilities. These guidelines are known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.1. Students in the Inclusive Design program learn to think about WCAG as a good starting point for how to design inclusively in a variety of contexts, but also about ways in which they fall short of providing ideal accessibility.

Children’s Treatment Centre Design Standard

Children’s treatment centres provide specialized services to support children and youth with special needs to live life at their full potential. The design of these spaces significantly impacts the experience and well-being of the children that they serve. Children with special needs include individuals with challenges or delays in their physical, intellectual, emotional, social, verbal, and/or behavioural development.

Translational Research in User Experience Design for Personalized Health

Personalized health is increasingly gaining public attention in the media as the future of healthcare. Personalized health is the idea that medical treatment will be tailored to the individual based on their predicted response or risks of disease.

Media/Communication Repertoires of Canadian Small Businesses Owners

This research aims to identify different kinds of Canadian small firms on the basis of their owner/managers’ communication behaviour and media preferences. This is in contrast to past practices which identified similarities and differences among SMEs on the basis of sociodemographic variables. Communication behaviour and media choices of SME owner/managers is a key characteristic in shaping purchasing behaviour and communication preferences. The research considers the communication behaviours, beliefs, and attitudes of SME owner/managers in terms of patterned repertoires.

Valuing Youth Voice after Disaster: Recovery & Resilience in Wood Buffalo

In the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a lot can be learned from young people who experienced the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire disaster. Knowing and hearing their concerns will be critical for shaping how they and their communities recover and build a more resilient future. This means ensuring that youth have support to explore and implement creative solutions to complex, post-disaster challenges.

Material environments as metaphors: enhancing the well-being of people with dementia

The living environments have been increasingly considered as significant to the well-being of people with dementia in both research and practice. Addressing this, practitioners, including developers, operators, and architects who are in charge of the environmental creation of dementia care facilities, need to know the specific requirements of people with dementia, in order to apply this knowledge to their practical works.

High-Quality Urban Representation/iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth

The intention of this collaborative research effort is to create an accurate digital 3D model of the City of Toronto waterfront that can be used by city planners to visualize factors relevant to the city when making high-level decisions regarding infrastructure and policy. This project is a collaboration between OCAD University and Esri Canada Limited, a software company that specializes in geographical information systems (GIS). EC has offered the use of their proprietary software CityEngine, which optimizes the process of creating realistic 3D city and geographical models.

A Culturally Inclusive AAC App for Autistic Children in China

"Verbal language is significant in communicating our thoughts for daily living. However, children with autism often have problems with verbal communication. Early intervention is extremely significant to autistic children because it can encourage their verbal language, self-care and social skills. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools based on pictures can benefit autistic children by compensating for writing and speech. In Canada, there are diverse AAC apps available for autistic children while in China, they do not have them.

Designing a safe, non-intrusive game for children to potentially detect Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a universal problem. It produces lifelong ill effects. Children should be made aware of it and educated about protecting themselves. They need easy ways to recognize and express attempts of CSA. This project aims to design an educational game that creates awareness in children about CSA. It will be conducted in Canada and India to study how cultural differences might influence the design. Children will not be directly involved in the research.

Designing a culturally inclusive information system for Canadian universities to enhance international student recruitment

The number of Asian students getting their post-secondary education abroad has doubled over the past decade to around 2.5 million. In the same period, the number of agents in the admission business in China has increased ten times to nearly 400. High school students in China find it difficult to make informed decisions independently about application and admission to foreign universities because the western university websites and information sessions are not designed keeping their cultural practices in mind.

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