TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario university students are being
challenged to put their creative minds to work to develop solutions
that will make the world more accessible for people with disabilities,
including new IDeAs for devices, software, architectural design,
awareness campaigns, or policies.
The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition is being
organized by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), in partnership
with the Government of Ontario. The province-wide initiative is being
overseen by the IDeA Working Group, comprised of representatives from
engineering and design Faculties at several Ontario universities.
"Ontario universities are strongly committed to the important goal of
leading the country towards greater accessibility," says Alastair
Summerlee, Chair of COU and the President of the University of Guelph.
"Tapping into the innovative capabilities of our students is an
excellent way to build awareness and to advance ideas that lead to a
more accessible world."
Students will vie for $3,000 in prizes with entries that must address
barriers to accessibility in five categories: attitudinal,
physical/structural, information and communications, technological, and
Student contestants can find rules and registration information at http://cou.on.ca/idea.
The deadline for contest submissions is March 31, 2012.
"Initiatives like the IDeA competition are one of many examples of how
universities encourage students to apply their knowledge to the real
world, and we look forward to the exciting ideas brought forward during
this competition," says Bonnie Patterson, COU President and CEO.
Submissions will first be evaluated by the entrant's home institution,
and then successful candidates will move on to a second round of
judging conducted by a panel of experts in the five categories.
Evaluations will be based on innovation, cost-effectiveness, and
practicality. Judges will also place a premium on entries whose format
itself demonstrates consideration to accessibility issues.
The winner will be announced at an event at the Ontario Centres of
Excellence Discovery Conference in May 2012.
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SOURCE Council of Ontario Universities
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