Students must submit their concepts, programs, initiatives or designs in one of five categories addressing an accessibility barrier as outlined in Canadian provincial legislation.
Submissions will be made at the IDeA portal.
Students will include their project 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 panel and may not exceed 2,500 words. The document must be uploaded to the submission form. Only PDF documents will be accepted.
- Video: A video submission must present in full detail the project that is to be considered by the selection panel. 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 with full details of the project that is to be considered by the selection panel. Websites must include a specified “Summary Page” that includes a brief (maximum 1,000-word) summary of 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.
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, licenses 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, license 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.
Students must present a solution that addresses one of the following accessibility 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, making a person feel as though you are doing them a “special favour” by providing their accommodation, or assuming a person with a disability is inferior.
- Organizational or 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. Organizational or systemic barriers are often put into place unintentionally. For example, meetings or office hours conducted in person only, or not allowing individuals to access the information by phone, e-mail, or other means of communication.
- Architectural/physical barriers are elements of buildings or outdoor spaces that create barriers to 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. For example, sidewalks or doorways that are too narrow for a wheelchair, scooter or walker. Another example, poor lighting that makes it difficult for a person with low vision or a person who lip-reads to see.
- Information or 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. For example, electronic documents that are not properly formatted and cannot be read by a screen reader.
- Technological barriers occur when a device or technological platform is not accessible by its intended audience and cannot be used with an assistive device. Technology can enhance the user experience, but it can also create unintentional barriers for some users. Technology barriers are often related to information and communications barriers. For example, Learning Management Systems or Customer Relationship Management Systems or websites that cannot be accessed using screen reading software or do not meet accessibility standards.
Conditions and restrictions
To make a submission, the student(s) or student team(s) 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 can either be named by a university senior administrator or self-identify but will be required to secure the endorsement of the university’s senior administration once all submissions have been received;
- Students must have demonstrated they have consulted with a person(s) with a disability(ies) for feedback on their concepts, programs, initiative or design;
- Students must demonstrate that their submission adheres to accessibility standards. Students can find information on how to make their submission accessible on The Accessibility Hub website: www.theaccessibilityhub.ca/resources ; and
- 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 March 1, 2018 and close on May 31, 2018 at 5:00pm (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 the endorsement of the University Representative.
- The University Representative will register at the IDeA portal.
- To nominate a student or team, University Representatives will be required to provide the name and email address for each project endorsed. If nominating a student team, one team member will be named as the team delegate. Email confirmation of the nomination will be sent to the University Representative once submitted.
- Once nominated, students 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.
- After the competition closes, University Representatives will receive a report of all submissions made by their university, which will need to be endorsed with the signature of a member of the university’s senior administration to finalize the university’s ten (10) submissions.