BIG IDeA brings together businesses, customers with lived experience of disability and the next generation of business leaders to collaboratively advance accessibility innovation in Ontario and create a culture of accessibility and inclusion. The Inclusive Design Research Centre leads a consortium that is to develop and implement this BIG IDeA pilot. We are developing a platform to support businesses in Ontario in leading and innovating accessible and inclusive practices.

Recognizing Innovators

BIG IDeA supports a process for nominating businesses that demonstrate exemplary and innovative practices so that they can be recognized and their accomplishment showcased online.  BIG IDeA verifies Business innovation in inclusive design through a dual process of continuous constructive customer reviews & accessibility mapping events.

Engaging the Community

BIG IDeA recruits and engages Students, youth and the broader community in innovatively addressing accessibility goals through design challenge events such as hackathons, and design sprints.

Supporting Businesses

Businesses will be equipped to implement and innovate in accessibility through a growing open repository of training modules, tools, resources and reusable accessibility components.

Mapping an Inclusive Ontario

Customers with disabilities and their network will be able to find businesses that address their accessibility needs through aggregated mapping tools of accessible establishments.