[community] Fwd: Inclusive Design Monthly Newsletter (IDA-N), May, 2016

Feriyal Hallajarani fh12li at student.ocadu.ca
Fri May 6 00:56:33 UTC 2016

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Subject: Inclusive Design Monthly Newsletter (IDA-N), May, 2016
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IDA-N: Inclusive Design Monthly Newsletter Vol.2, Issue 5

May 2016
IDI, IDRC, MDes Inclusive Design Students, Alumni and Inclusive Design

Published by: CAIDR (Canadian Association of Inclusive Design Research)

“Do you have any suggestions? Don’t just critique; come with your solution!”
Upcoming See this year's MDes ID Class at GradEx 101: OCAD University's
Annual Graduate Exhibition


Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. , Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More than 900 promising young artists and designers are exhibiting at the
biggest GradEx ever – OCAD University's 101st! This year, GradEx is a
five-day exhibition spread across four buildings on campus including the
iconic Sharp Centre for Design. The university will throw open its doors,
inviting the community to see works by the creative minds of OCAD U’s Class
of 2016.
IDI-IDRC Jane’s Walk Global Festival

Join the IDI-IDRC Jane’s Walk Global Festival on May 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.,
to explore empathy, diversity, and inclusion.

Empathy: Underground Walk – Inclusive Design Institute – The PATH

In this walk, we are going to mull over the largest underground shopping
complex in the world and consider how it does and does not meet diverse
needs. The way to address this challenge is extending our empathy. At the
Inclusive Design Institute, we work on understanding the impact of design
in everyday life. We believe that design for all of us begins with design
for each of us.

This is a great opportunity to explore/evaluate the signage/wayfinding of
the PATH. Join us!

Meeting point: 205 Richmond Street, front lobby
Time: 2 p.m.
CAIDR movie night!

See and discuss Limitless
from an Inclusive Design perspective - ability vs. disability

To whet your appetite:

“With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100
percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial
wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.” IMDb

“But what “Limitless” lacks in structural neatness it makes up for in
energy and antic, bristling wit. It’s an unexpectedly funny movie, and for
a while this seems mainly like a function of Mr. Cooper’s charm.” New York

FREE POPCORN AND WINE - if you felt like bringing some food/wine that’d be
cool too

Date: June 7, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: 205 Richmond

Please let us know whether you will be attending by emailing either Feriyal
or David:

feriyal.hallaj at gmail.com or david.dyer.lawson at gmail.com
Jutta's corner The future challenge of the ADA: Shaping Humanity’s

In this article written for special issue of the journal Inclusion, to
commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and
plan a road map forward, I propose that a change of strategy and focus is
required to achieve the ADA’s aspirations. I argue that the disability
community and inclusion effort must participate in a leadership role to
shape the current transformation of society, including three broad systemic
factors: (a) design and development, (b) research and evidence, and (c)
education and learning, to avert widening disparity and address risks that
affect all members of the global society.

Current students Metatecture, co-owned by Delta Cohort member, Edgar Wong
Baxter Jr

Metatecture, co-owned by Echo Cohort member, Edgar Wong Baxter Jr is a
trans-disciplinary design studio located in downtown Toronto. Metatecture’s
strategy crosses many disciplinary boundaries to create a holistic approach
and a deep understanding of connected hardware meshed with the drive to
deliver a rich experiences across multiple platforms. Edgar Wong Baxter Jr.
is a trans-disciplinary designer with a focus on inclusivity within
hardware / software development.
A conversation on the future of Medically Assisted Death in Canada

By Nancy McQueen

On April 27, a forum, organized by Anna Stranks, a first-year Inclusive
Design masters' program student, was held on the Future of Medically
Assisted Death in Canada. The panel at the forum included:

   - Lucy Costa, systemic advocate in Toronto with the Empowerment Council
   - Catherine Frazee, Professor Emerita at Ryerson University’s School of
   Disability Studies
   - Rob Oliphant, M.P., Don Valley West, Co-Chair of the Special Joint
   Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying
   - Madeline Weld, President of Population Institute Canada
   - Troy Moth, photographer

The concern about individuals with disabilities, in general, were expressed
by many attendees – with them making the point that social pressures (such
as feelings of diminishment or neglect, or lack of access to services and
employment) might lead people with disabilities to seek assisted death,
unlike those who do not have disabilities who may not be as greatly
affected. There seemed to be a lot of agreement among participants and
panelists that the issue of social pressure deserved more detailed
consideration and study, especially with respect to those with disabilities
and its role on their personal experiences.

A number of people in the audience raised questions about capacity in
relation to a decision to seek medically assisted death; several had
concerns specifically with respect to mental health. Some attendees felt
that individuals diagnosed with a mental health issue would not be
considered to have capacity as a result of their mental health diagnosis,
since the decision to choose assisted death could be considered a symptom
of their mental health condition and not as a freely formed decision. A
perfect Catch-22.

People suffering with dementia were also discussed in the context of
assisted death. Several felt that individuals with dementia might seek an
assisted death while still in good health, fearing that if they delayed,
they might be judged as lacking capacity due to their dementia at a later
date. This could prevent such individuals, with productive years left in
their lives to enjoy, to seek an unnecessary early death.

There was some discussion of John Hofsess, a well-known right-to-die
activist, who ended his life earlier this year via an assisted suicide in
Switzerland. Mr. Hofsess was known by several of the panelists.
GradEx 101 medal winner Jacob Willow About Jacob's GradEx 101 project:

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have struggled with housing and
financial instability in the early years since my arrival in Canada. My
motivation for taking on my MRP project was to contribute in some way to my
community. The Inclusive Design Master’s program at OCAD University
inspired me to engage in a participatory design process, bringing homeless
LGBTQ youth into the research, as well as architects, advocates, and
shelter staff. Through a comprehensive analysis of the data, I came up with
a holistic design aid for architects with suggestions about how spaces in
shelters for homeless LGBTQ youth could be designed to promote the dignity
of its residents. I believe that, as inclusive designers, our work often
involves using design as a tool to facilitate inclusion of diversity in all
of its forms and to support advocacy for social change.
Inclusive news Dr. Sambhavi Chandrashekar Wins Teaching Award

According to OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond, “This year’s decision was
a tough one – our new more rigorous process left the Committee with a far
larger volume of glowing words about our fantastic faculty.” The Award for
Excellence in Teaching (Non-Tenured) went to MDes ID Adjunct Professor
Sambhavi Chandrashekar.
IDRC news aha! Project

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York has
pre-selected AXS Mapathon & aha! Project to appear in a report on urban
development. The project has been successfully identified as one of the
best practices! http://aha.idrc.ocadu.ca/
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If you have comments about any of our articles, or insights on other
Inclusive Design issues, please send them to ida at caidr.ca.
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