In 2005, Ontario introduced ground-breaking legislation, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to establish specific proactive measures for organizations to set a baseline of accessibility in Ontario by 2025. However, many common accessibility challenges fall outside of the Act, and there is a need for creative solutions to further the goal of an accessible province.

In pursuit of this goal, Ryerson’s Policy Innovation Platform (RPIP), with the support of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, is calling on students, academics, entrepreneurs, public servants, and community members to solve the following challenge in a policy hack:

“How can we accelerate the dialogue on accessibility with the goal of helping to shift attitudes and change behaviour?”

 

 
Hack-cessibility aims to create an opportunity for anybody with an interest in improving accessibility in Ontario to bring their ideas to the table, no matter their background, skills, or education. It aims to bring an intense spirit of collaboration and innovation to big policy problems and solutions generation. You might not be a policy expert, but you will work with participants who are policymakers, business owners, academics, and advocates to find places where new ideas could work.
What could a solution look like?
Policy solutions can include a variety of outcomes. Teams could generate ideas to change proposed legislation; create a communications or grassroots campaign to increase awareness; create a product, tool, or organization, or a proposal to increase recognition or funding for an organization.

 

 
This hack is all about encouraging multi-disciplinary collaboration. Each team should aim to have a mix of people with different skills and experiences to maximize its creative problem-solving potential. As long as you’re interested in collaborating and learning from others, Hack-cessibility is for you.

Analysts and Knowledge Experts

  • Data analysts
  • Policy analysts
  • Accessibility experts
  • Ethnographers
  • Text to speech experts
  • Magnification experts
  • Screen-reader experts

Artistic Catalysts

  • Artists
  • Storytellers
  • Journalists
  • Illustrators
  • Industrial designers
  • Filmmakers
  • UI/UX designers
  • Web designers

Builders

  • Engineers
  • Makers
  • Developers
  • Coders
  • Programmers

Project Gurus

  • Business strategists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Facilitators
  • Organizational behaviourists
  • Project managers