Accessible Technology Program project breakdown

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The Accessible Technology Program was launched at the close of 2017, with funds starting to flow in 2018. The following table is a breakdown of the projects announced as of September 4, 2019, including projects by six for-profit organizations, two not-for-profit organizations and seven research institutes. 



Recipient Overall ATP Funding Project Description

AccessNow

$2,745,046

Expansion of its 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.

Assistyv Inc.

$21,000

Software development that enables the user to control their computer using head movements and a standard webcam.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

$311,111

Development of a vocal cord vibration sensor that provides hands-free access to digital devices.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

$387,523

Development of a brain-computer interface, "Brain Switch," that allows persons with severe motor impairments to use brain signals to activate keyboarding/cursor controls and speak-aloud programs.

Issist Assistive Technologies

$998,688

Development of a magnification and screen reading technology that will help Canadians with visual impairments access digital content using the Internet and their personal laptops.

Neil Squire Society

$3,059,595

Development and distribution of 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.

OCAD University

$1,682,667

The Coding to Learn and Create project will establish an open repository of inclusive teaching resources that educators can use to adapt coding curriculum and programming environments to better match learners' diverse needs.

OCAD University

$2,903,065

Creation of accessible data analytics and data visualization tools, devices and applications that will address barriers to participation and employment for persons with disabilities. The project will ensure that data systems using artificial intelligence and smart technologies recognize, understand and serve people with disabilities.

Reality Controls Inc.

$47,000

Development of a mobile application that operates as a centralized platform for automating other applications, such as for turning on Bluetooth-controlled devices, lights, heating and door locks.

Ryerson University

$331,843

Development of an accessibility adapter toolkit that allows the Tecla wireless switch and wheelchair interface to be integrated into a wide variety of devices and systems that are typically not commercially accessible without significant programming.

Speech Mobility Inc.

$503,674

Development of voice recognition, text-to-speech and voice transcription software to help disabled workers access and manage their office communications tools.

Technologies HumanWare

$1,063,150

Development of a new, low-cost Braille cell technology and Braille reader.

Tetra Society of North America

$529,300

Development of a switch control platform that allows persons with severe physical disabilities to access a variety of digital interfaces and devices.

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

$635,856

Development of an iOS, Android and wearable application to help people with autism perform daily work-related tasks.

University of Ottawa

$48,000

Development of customized smart voice technology to help persons with cognitive and mental health–related disabilities to get online, add/delete/share items and perform various digital tasks.


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