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Up until now, making content available for people with disabilities has been a relatively uninspiring process. While the results provide people with disabilities with a sense of the work, the artist\'s involvement is missing and some of the original energy of the performance may go missing as well.

What happens when artists become involved in looking at access from a creative perspective? Can you make your paintings heard or your music seen? In how many difference senses can your dance be felt? What happens when you paint your poem or sculpt your song? Can you undertake this challenge while still maintaining your focus?

Please Join Wendy Porch, Charles Silverman and Leesa Levinson for a half day workshop that explores how making accessible content can bring added benefits to both artist and audience.

This workshop will also introduce participants to Culturall and Stretch, two multi-partner projects that include The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (University of Toronto), Ryerson\'s Disability Studies Program and the Canadian Abilities Foundation, to look at the potential for inclusive design to act as a catalyst for innovation and creativity.

Participants will be given the opportunity to try out new and innovative tools developed as part of these projects that will assist in making their art more inclusive of everyone.


Oct. 26, 2005


10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Revised Location:

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre,
Robarts Library
130 St. George St., First Floor
Toronto, ON, Canada




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A comprehensive review of Academic, Medical and Technology Solutions


Friday, May 27, 2005


Claude T. Bissell Building
140 St. George Street, Room 205





This full-day workshop will provide:
• A well-balanced understanding of common conditions causing low vision and blindness
• A review of the functonal implications of vision loss and how to provide accomodation through academic technology aids
• An in-depth look at how a range of technologies can be implemented, in the home and school environments, to enable students to fully participate in the curriculum
• Live demonstrations and case studies to enhance the presentations
• Handouts that will include resources, demonstration CDs of software


Dr. Raymond Buncic, Opthamologist, Department of Opthamology and Vision Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children

Low Vision Optometrist. To be confirmed.

Kathy Robinson, Vision Itinerant Teacher, The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Linda Petty, O.T. Reg. (Ont.), Coordinator, Vision Technology Service

Laurie McArthur, O. T. Reg. (Ont.), Services Manager, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)

Lynne Race, O. T. Reg. (Ont.), Vision Technology Service

This workshop is being presented by the Vision Technology Service (VTS), a part of the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, at the University of Toronto. The VTS has been a Ministry of Health ADP Regional Assessment Centre for sight enhancement and sight substitution devices since 1996. Staff from the VTS will share technology options, outcome measures and case study solutions to illustrate effective accommodation of needs for children with low vision and blindness.


9:00 Introductions

9:30 Dr. Raymond Buncic, Common pediatric eye conditions, treatments and prognosis

~ Break ~

10:45 Low-Tech aids

11:30 Linda Petty, Overview of Vision Technology demonstrations

~ Lunch ~

1:30 Overview of ADP low and high vision technology funding

2:00 Case Study Problem Solving

2:30 Integration with other technologies

~ Break ~

3:00 Application in schools, funding

4:00 Evaluation, wrap up, etc.


Inclusive Design Research Centre
205 Richmond St. W., Second Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
M5V 1V3
Telephone: (416) 977-6000 #3968

Fax:(416) 977-9844
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