First Place - Laura Pineault, 4th year Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience Student placed first in the 2016 IDeA Competition. Her idea was an Aphasia Friendly Business Campaign addressing information, communications, and attitudinal barriers. The Aphasia Friendly Business Campaign aims to educate local businesses about aphasia and advocate for the rights of people with aphasia to receive access to goods and services. To date, five local businesses (Windsor & Essex County YMCA, Crabby Joe’s Tap and Grill, Windsor Public Library, Sutts, Strosberg & LLP, and Healthy Connections Massage Therapy) are confirmed to participate in the initiative.
2nd Place – Katreena Hadden, 1st Year Human Kinetics Student placed second. Her project was called the Wheelchair Accessibility at the Gym. It addressed architectural/physical, and attitudinal barriers. Katreena’s IDeA is to help make people with disabilities feel more included at gyms and physical activity centres. The first part of the project included a survey which was sent to 34 physical activity centres in the Windsor and surrounding areas to determine if they are wheelchair accessible. What Katreena found was that 75% of the physical activity centres surveyed are accessible.The campaign includes gym attendees with disabilities posting pictures of inclusive practices on twitter with the hashtag #EveryoneIsWelcomeAtOurGyms. Katreena’s inspiration for this project is in memory of Christina Colthurst.
3rd Place - Faith Lauzon, a Communications, Media and Film Student placed third in the competition. Her idea is called: “I Saw the Sign: A New Translation Application for Google Glass”, addressing information and communications barriers. Faith’s IDeA involves an app, to be known as “I Saw the Sign”, which will use the means of Google Glass to scan a person’s American Sign Language (ASL) communication and translate it into English. A caption of the ASL will be projected onto the viewfinder display of the augmented image. This will allow persons who cannot speak ASL to understand and communicate with persons who are deaf or have hearing impediments.
4th Place – Colin Matthews, 1st Year Business Student, placed fourth. His idea was called the “Haptic Awareness Device H.A.D.”, addressing Information, communications, and technology barriers. Colin’s imagined that the haptic awareness device will allow visually impaired users to detect their surroundings. The user will detect people in their immediate vicinity, which direction they are approaching from, and how close they are to the user through vibrations on the device, which correspond to an approaching cellphone or Bluetooth device. As more vehicles are being equipped with Bluetooth devices, the device will also inform users of approaching vehicles.