Students must submit their concepts, programs, initiatives or designs in one of three streams:
Stream 1: Attitudinal/Systemic barriers
Attitudinal barriers are behaviours, perceptions, and assumptions that discriminate against persons with disabilities. These barriers often emerge from a lack of understanding, which can lead people to ignore, to judge, or to have misconceptions about a person with a disability. For example, communicating with a person with a disability in a patronizing tone, or assuming they are incapable of accomplishing a task.
Systemic barriers are policies, procedures, or practices that unfairly discriminate against individuals with a disability and can prevent these individuals from participating fully in a situation. Systemic barriers are often put into place unintentionally. A meeting conducted only in person that does not allow participation by phone or web conference is an example of a systemic barrier.
Stream 2: Architectural/Industrial design barriers
Architectural barriers are elements of buildings or outdoor spaces that create barriers for persons with disabilities. These barriers relate to elements such as the design of a building’s stairs or doorway, the layout of rooms, or the width of halls and sidewalks. Sidewalks or doorways that are too narrow for a wheelchair, scooter or walker represent an architectural accessibility barrier.
Industrial design barriers are products that cannot be used by persons with disabilities because of their design. A jar that cannot be opened by someone who has a motor disability is an example of an industrial design barrier.
Stream 3: Technological/Communication barriers
Technological barriers occur when the intended audience cannot a use a given technology even with an assistive device. Technology can enhance the user experience, but it can also create unintentional barriers for some users. Technological barriers are often related to information and communications barriers. For example, websites that cannot be accessed using screen reading software provide technological barriers.
Communication barriers occur when sensory disabilities, such as hearing, seeing or learning disabilities, have not been considered. These barriers relate to both the sending and receiving of information. If the print in an email or on a handout is too small to read, this is an example of a communication barrier.
Note that the best solutions address more than one accessibility barrier. If the project addresses multiple barriers, students should select multiple streams and provide an explanation for how the project addresses multiple barriers. If the project does not appear to fit into any of the streams, students should select the other and provide an explanation for how their project addresses an accessibility issue.
Students must receive a nomination from a university representative before they can submit their project. Projects will be submitted online in the IDeA program portal.
Submissions must be made in one of the following formats:
- PDF Document: A document submission must present the full details of the project which is to be considered by a selection committee and may not exceed 2,000 words. The document must be uploaded to the online submission form. Only PDF documents will be accepted. Students can choose to add graphics, tables and charts, but links to external videos or websites will not be considered.
- Video: A video submission must present in full detail the project that is to be considered by the selection committee. The video submission must be a minimum of 30 seconds to a maximum of 3 minutes in total running time and uploaded to YouTube. The link to the YouTube video must be provided on the submission form.
- Website: A website submission must present the full details of the project that is to be considered by the selection panel. A website must include a specified “Summary Page” that includes a brief (maximum 1,000 words) summary of the project. The student or student team is responsible for acquiring the server space on which each website submission is to be hosted. If the website has restricted settings, the information required to gain access to the website must be provided. The URL for the website must be provided on the submission form. Students can choose to add graphics, tables and charts, but links to external videos or websites will not be considered.
Only online submissions in the formats noted above will be accepted.
 By making an electronic submission, the student or student team represents and warrants that he/she has obtained all necessary consents, approvals, permissions, licences and other documents relating to the submission that may be required from the participants or any other third party to permit the uses of the submission or any part thereof as contemplated in these Rules, including, without limitation, any waiver of moral rights; (ii) represents and warrants that it is the owner of the Submission and grants the Competition Group and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, royalty- free, licence and right to publish, use, publicly perform the Electronic Format Submission in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration; and (iii) agrees to release, indemnify, defend, and hold the Contest Group harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, and damages (including, without limitation, legal fees) related to the Submission, or usage of the Submission by the Contest Group in any manner; and (iv) waives any moral rights the Entrant may have in the Submission. For the purpose of this competition, all entrants will own any Intellectual Property or work products presented in their submissions.
- To make a submission, the student or student team must be nominated by a member of the university faculty or administration (university representative);
- Universities are limited to a maximum of ten (10) submissions to the competition;
- University representatives will be required to provide the name and contact information of a senior administrator willing to confirm that the project is being endorsed by the university;
- Students must demonstrate that they have followed the inclusive design principles outlined in Appendix A;
- Students must demonstrate that their PDF document, video or website submission adheres to accessibility standards. Students can find information on how to make their PDF document, video or website adhere to accessibility standards by consulting with either the university accessibility office or http://www.accessiblecampus.ca/;
- If students work as a team, they will be required to nominate one member to act as the team’s delegate. This person will be the official point of contact for the team.
The submission period will open on November 1, 2018, and close on April 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).
- The university representative (member of university faculty or administration) begins the submission process by nominating the student or student team. Students cannot submit their project without being nominated by a university representative.
- The university representative will register in the IDeA program portal. University representatives who have previously nominated a student will simply need to log in to the system using their email and password to make a nomination.
- To nominate a student or student team, university representatives will be required to provide the student’s name and email address for each project endorsed. If nominating a student team, one student will be named as the team delegate. Email confirmation of the nomination will be sent to the university representative once submitted.
- Once nominated, the student will receive an email inviting them to complete the submission form, which will include four (4) short essay questions and the ability to upload their project. Confirmation of a successful submission will be sent by email to the student.