Jutta Treviranus – The Power of Inclusive Design

For the second webinar of the Building momentum for the Canadian Disability Benefit learning series, Jutta Treviranus will speak about the importance of inclusive design and how we can apply this approach to help shape the proposed Canadian Disability Benefit.

Some worry that this benefit may exclude too many people. Inclusive design, as pioneered by our guest speaker, can turn that worry into an opportunity. Her inclusive design framework is intended to be more like a trellis that supports organic growth and provides a foundation from which to innovate and evolve. It has emerged, evolved, been tested, and refined over 25-years, in dozens of global initiatives. Her design process recognizes human variability and the uniqueness of each individual. It’s an alternative to the one size fits all approach. We need a society where it is possible for people, with the full range of human difference, to participate, contribute and benefit from societal supports. Inclusive design is one way to achieve this.

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and globally connected society is designed inclusively. She also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertises. Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support digital equity. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication, ). She serves on many advisory bodies globally to provide expertise in digital inclusion (e.g., Waterfront Toronto, London Olympics, NYC Libraries, etc.). Jutta’s work has been attributed as the impetus for corporate adoption of more inclusive practices in large enterprise companies such as Microsoft and Adobe.

We invite you to join us on this journey as we build momentum for the Canadian Disability Benefit!

The second webinar of the Building momentum for the Canadian Disability Benefit learning series will air this Thursday, November 12th, 10am-11:30am PST / 1pm-2:30pm EST. Register here.