Announced Projects under the Accessible Technology Program

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Following are the projects that have been announced to date:

AccessNow

AccessNow’s Mobilizing an Accessible Canada project will expand the reach of their current online platform to the national level, providing the disabled community with vetted information about the accessibility of venues such as restaurants, businesses, and public transit. The platform will include an interactive map with real-time accessibility notifications in Canada’s two official languages.

Funding Awarded: $2.75M
Click here to learn more about AccessNow.

Assistyv Inc.

Assistyv Inc.’s AssystMouse project will develop software that enables users to control their computer using head movements and a standard webcam. The AssystMouse will particularly benefit persons with spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and/or other disabilities affecting upper body movement.

Funding Awarded: $21,000
Click here to learn more about Assistyv Inc.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Hummer Project will improve upon its vocal cord vibration sensor providing hands-free access to digital devices. This prototype has been designed for people who are non-verbal but can vibrate their vocal cords to produce a short “hum,” which, when paired with scanning software, can be used to perform keyboarding functions such as Internet browsing and word processing.

Funding Awarded: $311,111
Click here to learn more about Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Brain-Switch Project will develop a versatile brain-computer interface to provide people with severe physical disabilities who are non-verbal with a reliable way to communicate with others and engage in the digital economy. The solution, which is comprised of a brain-sensing headset, a mobile software application, and a standard tablet, will allow users to interact with technology using brain signals.

Funding Awarded: $387,523
Click here to learn more about Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Issist Assistive Technologies Inc.

Issist Assistive Technologies Inc.’s Technology Improvement project will develop a screen magnifier/reader and a wearable magnifier/reader for persons with visual impairments.

Funding Awarded: $998,688
Click here to learn more about Issist Assistive Technologies.

Neil Squire Society

The Neil Squire Society's LipSync project will develop and distribute switches, mouth operated systems and mounting solutions for digital technologies. These will make PCs, laptops and mobile devices more user-friendly for people with disabilities.

Funding Awarded: $3.06M
Click here to learn more about Neil Squire Society..

OCAD University

OCAD University’s Coding to Learn and Create project will establish an open repository of inclusive teaching resources which educators can use to adapt coding curriculum and programming environments to better match learner’s diverse needs. These resources will include collaborative programming activities to foster collaboration and social participation among students with disabilities and their peers.

Funding Awarded: $1.68M
Click here to learn more about OCAD University.

OCAD University

OCAD University’s Project We Count will create new AI and data analytics processes and data visualization tools, devices, and applications. These programs and tools will make digital devices, software and the Internet more accessible to people with disabilities, allowing them to fully participate in the digital economy.

Funding Awarded: $2.9M
Click here to learn more about OCAD University .

Reality Controls Inc.

Reality Controls Inc.’s ‘Control: MasterPro’ Android mobile application will operate as a centralized platform for automating all other applications, such as word processing and other digital content programs. By eliminating repetitive and/or difficult tasks and processes, the software will enable persons with disabilities to use their digital devices more effectively.

Funding Awarded: $47,000
Click here to learn more about Reality Controls Inc..

Ryerson University

Ryerson University will develop an accessibility adapter toolkit that integrates the Tecla wireless switch and wheelchair interface with a variety of devices and systems that are typically not accessible ‘out of the box.’ For example, users will be able to use Tecla technology to control non-standard devices like computers and mobile devices.

Funding Awarded: $331,843
Click here to learn more about Ryerson University.

Speech Mobility Inc.

Speech Mobility Inc.’s UCAN (Unified Communications Accessible Network) project will enhance the accessibility features of cloud phone and virtual assistant technologies. Voice recognition, text-to-speech and voice transcription software will enable workers with disabilities to access and manage their office communications tools everywhere they go.

Funding Awarded: $503,674
Click here to learn more about Speech Mobility Inc..

Technologies HumanWare Inc.

Technologies HumanWare Inc.’s New Braille Technology project will develop new, low-cost Braille cell technology and Braille readers. These technologies will enable visually impaired persons to immediately access digital content in different formats.

Funding Awarded: $1.06M
Click here to learn more about Technologies HumanWare Inc..

Tetra Society of North America

Tetra’s ‘netClé’ switch-control platform will give people with limited to very severe physical disabilities control of their mouse and keyboard. This solution will capture touch, light, movement, and other signals from the user’s sensors, and convert them into data on the user’s digital devices.

Funding Awarded: $529,300
Click here to learn more about Tetra Society of North America.

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

UQTR will develop an IOS, Android, and wearable ‘Task Assistant’ to help people with autism and intellectual disabilities perform daily work-related tasks. This application will deliver scheduled reminders of work expectations and timelines, and provide tools to help users tackle new assignments and challenges.

Funding Awarded: $635,856
Click here to learn more about UQTR.

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa’s Smart Voice Technology project will develop a series of ‘custom skills’ to use with the commercial voice-controlled Amazon Echo Dot. This solution will help users with cognitive and mental-health related disabilities to get online, add/delete/share items, perform other digital tasks and carry out knowledge-based jobs.

Funding Awarded: $48,000
Click here to learn more about University of Ottawa.

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