The 2021 Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competitition

| October 29, 2020
Submitted by Sandie Kantor

Engineering students at UBC built a custom wheelchair frame out of state of the art chromoly. This innovation allowed me to exponentially increase my speed and propelled me to new levels that I could not have imagined before.

The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition challenges university students across Canada to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility barriers for people with disabilities. The objectives of the program are:

  • to contribute to the creation of a culture of accessibility in Canada
  • to motivate students to think about accessibility issues and to include accessibility in their creation of social and technological innovations now and in the future
  • to develop cost-effective, practical and innovative concepts, programs, initiatives or designs that address everyday accessibility issues

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled in the 2020-2021 academic year at a Canadian university which has recognized provincial degree-granting power, or their affiliates.
  • Studying in any program at the undergraduate or master’s level on a part-time or full-time basis
  • Canadian students, or international students studying at a Canadian university.
  • Nominated by a member of the university faculty or administration (visit “How to apply” for more information).

The submission period will close on April 30, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

For more information and how to apply and get nominated by a member of the university faculty or administration, visit the Universities Canada webpage.


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