Student Experience

OCSA - IDeA Student Competition


The Council of Ontario Universities has officially launched its 5th Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Undergraduate Student Competition. Inspired by the goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to make Ontario the most accessible province by 2025, the IDeA competition asks for students to submit innovative, cost-effective, and practical proposals for solutions to accessibility barriers in the community.

Undergraduate students at Ontario universities can work in teams or individually, and are urged to join forces with partners in the industry, the government, and the community to distinguish a concern related to accessibility, develop an action plan to tackle this concern and to employ their solution. Input and guidance from industry and academic experts is encouraged.

You could win up to $3,000 with your IDeA. There is also a bonus prize of $1,500 available for the IDeA that best addresses an accessibility barrier within business. See some examples of past finalists here.

In order to enter the competition, you will be asked to complete the following:

- An IDeA 2016 Submission Form
- Determine what category your IDeA fits into (Systemic/Organizational, Physical/Architectual, Technology, Information and Communication, or Attitudinal)
- Develop a digital exhibition to showcase your IDeA professionally (PowerPoint or PDF presentation, video, or website)
- Design a 18" x 24" poster that summarizes your IDeA

Submissions must be sent in by April 1st, 2016 at 11:59 PM.

The IDeA team will also be traveling across the province to visit classrooms and spread the word about accessible design throughout February and March. If you or someone you know would like to host the IDeA team in your classroom, on campus, or at an event, please send an email to idea@cou.on.ca.

For more information about the competition, including how to submit, rules and regulations, accessible resources, inspiration, and partners, please visit: www.accessiblecampus.ca/IDeA.