Creating New Insights at the Accessibility Idea-thon

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There is a large market for assistive technologies that can enhance the quality of life. By 2025, the number of individuals with accessibility needs will grow to 1 in 5 Canadians. Thus, it is crucial that we are ready to serve this market by bringing together end users, caregivers, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers to come up with ideas to meet the current demand and future needs.

That is why back in May, we co-hosted the Accessibility Idea-thon with Braze Mobility with the goal of bringing different disciplines together and having a safe space to converse and learn about accessibility. We had over 30 participants, 3 mentors and an excellent facilitator in Jennifer Chan of Exhibit Change. The five themes that the participants came up with corresponding ideas were:

  • Attitudes & Mindsets
  • Assistive Device
  • Awareness & Education
  • Environment
  • Policy & Money

You can view the ideas and mentor feedback here:

What ideas do you have on accessibility? Share your thoughts below!

I am passionate about people and focused on developing meaningful opportunities for people with accessibility needs through social entrepreneurial initiatives in journalism, consulting, and arts. As a TED talks junkie, I would love to hear your story and ideas. Reach out and connect with me!


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