Archive for the ‘In the Media’ Category

Adaptive Design in the Blog

November 1st, 2011

Sara over at Ablerism made a nice post referencing our work on Adaptive Design. Thanks for helping to get the word out.

Arduino core developer visits EDGE Lab

November 1st, 2011

Tom Igoe from NYU, and core developer of the Arduino open hardware project blogged about his visit to the EDGE Lab this week. He loved vlad’s work, and our adaptive design work. It was great to meet him and we want to go down to NYC for a future visit.

Click on the photo to go to the blog.

Edgelab alumnus doing Adaptive Design in NYC

October 28th, 2011

From Adaptive Design in NYC:

Sisters Sarah and Kristy Tan spent Monday in our workshop getting hands-on experience with cardboard carpentry with the help of our staff. Sarah is an EDGE Lab affiliate and early childhood education major, who worked with Professor Jason Nolan at Ryerson early on to make adaptations for young Zoe. Kristy, a business technology management major, appreciated the process of creating an adaptation and gladly participated.

Torontoist EDGE Lab Democratizes Accessible Design

October 7th, 2011

EDGE Lab Democratizes Accessible Design

Noah Kenneally, a member of the adaptive design team and student of Jason Nolan, has been helping extensively in this process. After watching an in-class video about the Adaptive Design Association—whose New York storefront was Nolan’s introduction to the cardboard revolution—Kenneally approached his professor with an offer of assistance. With a background as a community artist, Kenneally has been “building stuff out of cardboard for years” and jokes that “cardboard has chased me into academia.” The skill-set has proven useful.

“I got a grant this past summer from the university’s office of the vice-provost for research and innovation to run my own research project, which I decided to run in conjunction with the stuff that I’ve been doing with Jason,” Kenneally explains. The project, which tests models of learning based on hands-on interaction, allows Kenneally to run workshops to test his curriculum theories in addition to passing along design techniques.

“It’s such an important part of what’s going on in adaptive design,” he says of the information-exchange process. “It’s really a collaborative process between the designers and the folks who are building, and the people for whom the objects are being made. They’re really involved in the process, which forces specific people to meet specific needs. So, the learning of those skills becomes a relational, face-to-face thing.”

Edgelabers Noah and Alison featured at Career Mash

October 7th, 2011

Edgelabers Noah and Alison featured in an article on Career Mash recently. Here’s a youtube video of it as well.

‘Out from Under’ to move into virtual learning environment

July 13th, 2011

‘Out from Under’ to move into virtual learning environment

‘Out from Under,’ the acclaimed exhibit produced by Ryerson’s School of Disability Studies, is moving into a virtual learning environment thanks in part to a grant from the Learning and Teaching Office (LTO).

The exhibit which illuminates the hidden history of disabled people’s struggle for equal rights in Canada was prominently displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2008 and at the Cultural Olympiad during the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games. The exhibit, which consists of 13 diverse objects that reveal a significant aspect of Canadian disability history, was created by Ryerson students, faculty and collaborators. The exhibit includes a number of accessibility features including American Sign Language podcasts, a plain language audio tour and print materials that are available in a variety of formats including braille.

“This is a truly ‘Made-at-Ryerson’ project that continues to evolve,” said Melanie Panitch, former director, School of Disability Studies, and one of the exhibit curators. “Transforming the exhibit into a digital, interactive form will advance research into virtual learning environments and provide students with training in the use of virtual reality tools.”

Creating the exhibit in a virtual learning environment will be a collaborative effort. Panitch, and her colleagues and co-curators from the school, Kathryn Church and Catherine Frazee, are working with Early Childhood Education Professor, and Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab Director Jason Nolan to bring the exhibit into the virtual world known as ‘Second Life.’ Nolan and his team, whose EDGE Lab is based in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), will recreate the exhibit in a three-dimensional, interactive form and will integrate much of the digital archival footage of the exhibit – such as short interviews and time lapsed recordings – that was amassed over the last few years by Image Arts Professor Garrick Filewod. Alexandra Bal, an Image Arts professor and associate director, EDGE Lab, will assist the team with contextualizing the pedagogical opportunities of the virtual environment for learners.

Original Cyborgs: Disability and Technology | Yahoo! Accessibility

May 24th, 2011

Check out Jen Cole’s post Original Cyborgs: Disability and Technology | Yahoo! Accessibility. on the Yahoo web site. Jen’s an external collaborator in the EDGE lab and is always full of insights. it also mentions the lab and it’s work, and alison gaston, one of our grad students.

Toronto Star: How a cardboard chair can change a life

May 14th, 2011

Henderson: How a cardboard chair can change a life

Helen Henderson wrote a wonderful article on the EDGE Lab’s Adaptive Design studio in the Toronto Star. Please go have a look.

Ryerson Today: Lt.-Gov. helps open Adaptive Design Studio

May 4th, 2011

Ryerson TodayThe Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (left) shakes hands with Ryerson University EDGE Lab Director Jason Nolan at the official opening of the university’s new Adaptive Design Studio, while researcher Alison Gaston and her “research partner” three-year-old Zoe look on. His Honour was on-hand to cut the ribbon opening the production space where researchers will create customized, affordable adaptations and communication tools for children with disabilities. In his address preceding the ribbon cutting, the Lieutenant Governor spoke of Ryerson’s leadership in the innovation space and commended the University for demonstrating and actively working on how technology can make lives easier instead of more complicated. He spoke at length of the appreciation he has for the Digital Media Zone and the contributions the incubator is making to Canada, including advancements in the area of accessibility.




New Design at the Adaptive Design Association

March 24th, 2011

It has been great to work with everyone at the ADA and to talk with Alex about policy, Lille about procedures for working with parents and families. Antoinette and Kenia have been teaching me techniques. I was able to show them some techniques for doing some custom freehand cutting with a dremel tool, though I couldn’t find the perfect attachment at the two home depot stores in manhattan, even though the web site says they’re in stock. (fail)

They made up a little blog post on the visit.
Which links to this video on flickr of me describing the chair prototype that I’m building for a child in Ryerson’s Early Learning Centre.