Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), professor and director of an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University Toronto.(http://idrc.ocadu.ca, http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/graduate_studies/inclusive_design.htm). The IDRC is an international center of expertise in digital inclusion. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional research centre on inclusive design (http://inclusivedesign.ca). Jutta plays a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally. Among her broadly implemented innovations, Jutta and her team have pioneered network-enabled personal customization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain (http://gpii.net, http://floeproject.org, http://fluidproject.org). Presentation Title: The Key to Sustainable Global Prosperity is at the Margins There is a critical mass of evidence and insight that resoundingly asserts that a thriving knowledge economy requires a diversity of perspectives and approaches, and that a healthy society is only achievable when all members can participate, contribute and prosper. Active participation in today's society requires access to online systems and networks. Unfortunately, we are experiencing a widening technology gap for consumers who require alternative access system. These individuals who are frequently among the poorest in our communities must pay up to three times as much to participate online and the systems they rely upon are increasing in cost, and decreasing in reliability and functionality. Fortunately online networks also hold the key to providing sustainable digital inclusion. This session will present practical strategies, tools, networks and movements that support digital inclusion for the full spectrum of users.