Sidewalk Labs: Designing a District for Urban Innovation and Accessibility

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) is an international community of open source developers, researchers, designers, and advocates who collaborate to ensure that the emerging technology is designed inclusively.

Working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community, the IDRC is currently developing a “smart district” called Quayside at waterfront. Sidewalk lab’s team intends to pilot some of their smart technologies in transportation, housing, and energy use in this neighbourhood.

To learn more about this innovative project visit the Sidewalk Labs website or the Co-designing Inclusive Cities website.

CWDO Toronto Newsletter July, 2018

CWDO has issued 2 newsletters for July: Ontario and Toronto. Below is a list of the topics you can find in their Toronto newsletter.

  1. Arts and Community:
    • Live Choreography: jes sachse and Alice Sheppard
    • Generally Hospital: A Sketch Revue (part of the Toronto Fringe Festival)
    • Gaming Blind documentary
    • Connecting 4 Life: An Accessible Voice in Broadcasting comes to Toronto
    • Audio Described Shows at the Stratford Fest
  2. Transportation: New App Providing Full Service at Select Gas Stations in the GTA
  3. Resources: Access Now App and Report AODA Violations

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CWDO Ontario Newsletter July, 2018

The Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO)  is an organization dedicated to promoting the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action, member support and referral.

Check out some the topics of their Ontario newsletter’s latest issue:

  • CWDO’s Board for 2018-19
  • New Minister for Seniors and Accessibility – Raymond Cho
  • Ontario Votes: Polls may be more accessible than before, but a number of people still experience difficulties
  • Careers: Leadership Positions in the disability community (Executive Director, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto and National Executive Director, Independent Living Canada)
  • MAiD Watch: B.C. Civil Liberties Assoc. wants to speed up legal challenge
  • Ontario MAiD Statistics
  • Tech Developments: Microsoft launches $25 million for artificial intelligence
  • CCD: Can the Disability Tax Credit be improved?
  • National News: Accessible Canada Act
  • “Life-changing” camp for people who are deafblind
  • Reports: ‘Disability Tax Benefits’ and ‘Senior Views’

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Participants needed – Food insecurity and mobility disability study

This study is being conducted as part of Ph.D. research dissertation in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto and has been approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.

Participants between the ages of 18 to 64, who live outside of a community facility, and who identify as having a mobility disability are needed for a study on food access and mobility in Toronto. This research will explore how the physical environment and social factors, like particular policies, can contribute to food insecurity for populations with mobility disabilities.

Participating in this study will involve completing an interview about your experiences with food access, sharing your thoughts on current policies related to food access and completing a short survey on food insecurity and personal background information.

You will be compensated for participating in this interview. You will have the option as to which interview format you would like to complete.

Interviews will be conducted at a mutually-agreed upon time and location. You will be reimbursed for all travel expenses at the rate of TTC fare. All information you provide will remain confidential.

If you are interested in participating or hearing more, please contact myself, Naomi Schwartz, using the contact information provided below.

Naomi Schwartz, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Geography, University of Toronto
Email: or Tel: 647-946-8375

For more info, read the flyer.