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Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition

The Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition aims to inspire students to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues resulting in communities that are more accessible for persons with disabilities.

An (IDeA) represented form University Canada will be available on the Laurier campus March 7 in the concourse, to discuss ideas and answer questions from students, faculty and staff wanting to know more.


  • First place: $2,000
    • Students who finish in first place will receive $2,000 and all expenses paid trip to showcase their project at the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) Annual Conference.
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $1,000

Program Objectives

<pstyle="text-align: left;">The objectives of the program are:
  • To contribute to the creation of a culture of accessibility in Canada.
  • To motivate students to think about accessibility issues and to include accessibility in their creation of social and technological innovations now and in the future.
  • To develop cost-effective, practical and innovative concepts, programs, initiatives or designs that address every day accessibility issues.

Applications open March 1.

The IDeA competition runs from March 1 to May 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

For more information contact Brian Carriere, program officer, Partnership and Programs Group Universities Canada at 350 Albert St., suite 1710, Ottawa, ON, by phone at 613.563.1236, or by email at bcarriere@univcan.ca.