Ontario universities are strongly committed to accessibility. Over the years, campuses have taken important steps to identify, prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities.

Earlier this year, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities launched the first annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition. The goal: To challenge university students to identify a barrier to accessibility and find a way to overcome it.

We are proud to present the winning designs.


First Place
Accessible Tandem Cycling
Will McDonald, Carleton University
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Second Place
NÜ VIÜ
Kevin Spencer, Carleton University
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Third place
Everybody Hurts Campaign
Hilary Tyler, Brock University
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Honourable Mention
Inclusive Education
Amanda Cox, Carleton University
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Honourable Mention
Skate Chair
Theo Stoppels, Carleton University
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Honourable Mention
Reducing Stigma and
Promoting Help-Seeking at University
Charu Jaiswal, York University
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Honourable Mention
Stair Ascension
Ayman Alabdallah, Lawrence Buchan, Ali Kianirad, Mario Kovacevic, Vaheesar Manivasakan, Andrew Woollard, University of Toronto
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Honourable Mention
Excellent Exercising
Mehrad Karamlou, Abdi Kahiye, Ameen Modhafar, Colin Heics, University of Waterloo
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Learn more about:

The IDeA Student Competition: Visit the website of the Council of Ontario Universities

Barriers to accessibility