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Tools from OCAD University's Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) labs. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Inclusive Design (MDes)

Offering graduate students a unique opportunity to become global leaders in the emerging field of inclusive design in information and communication technologies (ICT) and practices.

Tools from OCAD University's Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) labs. Photo by Christina Gapic.



Kaveh Ashourinia

Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, where he completed his undergrad in Graphic Design. After graduating, he studied various disciplines and creative paths (such as publication, commercial photography, educational films and art direction in News Corporation) and then he finally opened own design agency. He moved from Tehran to Toronto in 2010.

Kaveh spent a year of his life traveling to different places in the Middle East, where he got a taste of different cultures and lifestyles. His transition between these two cities increased Kaveh’s interest in verbal and written communication of different cultures — specifically, the integration and miscommunication experienced between cultures based on these differences.

MRP Interest(s): His MRP will focus on the technical difficulties that the Persian writing system faces in this time of digital revolution.


Adam Antoszek-Rallo

Adam Rallo is the Principal and founder at Catalyst Workshop, a Toronto based design & development consultancy. A proud Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario, he is the current President of the RGD Certification Board for Graphic Designers. He also teaches as part-time faculty at both Sheridan College and Humber College, while serving on the curriculum committee for the Bachelor of Design program at York University / Sheridan College. A vocal proponent of accessible and inclusive user-centric design, Adam is passionate about creating positive social impact through the interaction of design, pedagogy, and technology.

Adam has been practicing design professionally since graduating Cum Laude from the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program in 2002. His diverse body of work has included an invaluable three-month stint in Ghana West Africa, and designing one of the top ranked downloads at His work has been awarded and presented in various publications, exhibitions and institutions across North America including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is opinionated enough to have been invited as a professional speaker and writer on topics ranging from accessibility, design, education, entrepreneurship, and technology. He is also an active scholar on issues related to biology, gender, equality, human behaviour, and human nature. Adam spends whatever free time he has left pursuing his obsession with music.

Rezvan Boostani

Rezvan is a passionate Graphic Designer with extensive work experience in both Visual Communication and Illustration as well as Surface/textile design.

She has received her bachelor degree of Textile design from Science and Culture University and graduated from Art and Architecture University with M.A in Illustration in Iran. She worked in these fields for several years before moving to Canada.

She has experienced working in different companies from working in a lighting product company with engineers being responsible for all the advertisements including magazine, website mock ups, catalogues, banners, major translation, gathering information and research for the aforementioned ads; to working as an icon designer for an online commerce company, and working with an industrial printing company as a visual designer.

Rezvan is an experienced photographer with an insatiable passion for music. She joined an all-female Rock Band in Iran - Chameleon band - as a guitar player, and has been a member for the past two years.

Coming from a diverse artistic background she likes to communicate to a larger community through art. She has a deep interest in influence of art on society and international affairs. She is passionate about designing inclusively and using the variety of artistic media to develop ideas and solutions through which the world becomes a more accessible place.

Cindy Dong

Ahmed Ghalib

My name is Ahmed Fahar Ghalib, I am an architect working in the construction field since 2008.

When I graduated from Ajman University in summer 2008. The global economic crisis was already spreading through the world, So I tried to look for a job in the architectural field but it was all in veins, because at that time architecture firms was already releasing their architects for the lack of projects in another word the lack of funds because at that time banks stopped funding projects, they said and I quote (there was no more cash in the banks).

So I worked as Quantity Surveyor and it was the closest thing I found related to architecture line of work. After two years I start working as site engineer for several projects mostly Villas, then I have been promoted to work as Project Engineer for SAIF Zone Mosque Project, which is the biggest mosque located in Sharjah Airport Free Zone.

Last year I worked in Ajman University Buildings Facilities Dept. as an Architectural Designer and Site Inspector.

Through eight years of experience in the field of construction. I always felt the lack of commitment to the small important details that associated with accessibility in focus and the whole notion of inclusive design in general.

So when I knew about the program of Inclusive Design in IDRC, I hoped that I could have better understanding of Inclusive Design and I would be able to apply inclusive design concepts in any upcoming future projects.

Cathy He

Cathy come from Xi'an China and graduate from the Xi'an University of Technology in 2008 with a B.A. in economics. Co-founder of Momi Forest-the first Cat Cafe in mainland China. During that time she started a stray cat rescue plan based on new media saving over 200 cats till Jan. 2016 and the plan still running by her and her friends in China now.

Since 2014, she deeply involved with Inclusive Design community and participant several major events such as DEEP 2015 and IIDEX Canada 2015. And also a volunteer in Aha project, working with a team in collecting date in accessibility level of Toronto small business. She also a voluntary social media specialist who are helping Aha project and IDRC's social media campaign.

Cathy's interests is 'the effect of the developing of social media on the traditional media and communications.' She wants to exploring the inclusive way of communication both on the traditional media and the new media.

Aniyamuzaala James Rwampigi

Aniyamuzaala James Rwampigi is a humanitarian action professional and researcher in the field of Age, Disability rights and diversity inclusion. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree from Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda, a Master of advanced studies in Humanitarian action from University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and Human rights advocacy training from Columbia University institute of study of Human rights, New York, U.S.A. Aniyamuzaala was a co-researcher for UNICEF research study on situation of children living with disabilities in 2014 . He was also a Co-researcher for CARE International: Women, work, and war, Syrian women and the struggle to survive the five years of the conflict, March 2016. Aniyamuzaala addressed the65th UN General Assembly high level meeting on youth in July 2011 on issues of inclusion of all categories of youth with disabilities in all decision making processes and programmes.

He is among the co-founders of the African Youth with disabilities Network (AYWDN: and African Disability Forum and a member of the Uganda National council for Disability (2012-2016). He advocated for representation of organizations of persons with disabilities not represented especially individuals with; intellectual, Albinism and psychosocial disabilities in the decision making structures of the National union of Disabled persons of Uganda (NUDIPU: between 2012 and 2014.He drafted an NUDIPU inclusive youth policy. Aniyamuzaala facilitated the general assemblies of Uganda Albino Association (UAA) in 2013 and Mental Health Uganda (MHU) in 2014 to strengthen the voices of the most vulnerable categories of Uganda’s disability movement.

Caitlin Jordan

Fatemeh Kafaei

Teresa Lee

Teresa is always curious about what motivates people and how she can use this understanding to help people change their behaviors to accomplish virtually anything! As a behavior analyst, she gets to experiment with this idea daily.

While completing her Honours BSc in Psychology and Human Biology at University of Toronto, she discovered her passion of working with children with developmental disabilities. After the graduation, she continued to work for various recreational, clinical and research programs for children with autism while furthering her studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Florida Institute of Technology. Teresa currently works for Toronto Autism ABA Services at Surrey Place Centre, developing and delivering short-term, ABA-based treatment to children and youth with autism and their parents.

Teresa loves meeting new people and hands-on learning experience. Her other current projects and activities include, restructuring volunteering experience at +Acumen and serving as a teaching fellow for an intro computer science course, CS50, at Harvard University.

Over the last 8 years, Teresa has met incredible people from all ages, abilities and backgrounds who have made small and big changes to build an accessible and inclusive community. However, she finds that there is still much work to be done in Toronto and around the world.

Teresa is very excited to join the Inclusive Design community because she believes in the limitless and magical possibilities when motivated people come together.

Annie Levy

M McLean

Vanshika Sarin

I am an architect by profession, graduated from Sushant School of Art and Architecture, IP University, India. My interests in design and aesthetics grew further while working as a team member for high end corporate interiors projects. This experience helped me imbibe a sense of professionalism while working with team members, understanding the client needs and achieving appropriate solutions of the complex needs.

As a part of my undergraduate curriculum, I did my research paper on City and the Third Gender- Exploring the cases of conflict, negotiation and celebration of Hijra Identity in Indian Metropolis. My scope of study focused on male-to-female (MTF) transsexuals also known as hijra in the city of Delhi. The study was primarily analytical based on documentaries and recorded opinions which helped to examine the personal and social experiences of transgender in Relation to right to the city. I carry forwarded my research for my thesis where I architecturally proposed a Centre of Third Gender Empowerment and Public Sensitization to counter the issue of transphobia in our society.

As we step into an era where the technology has taken over and our approach as architects and planners have become inclined towards sustainability. I believe that we are somewhere forgetting the true meaning of sustainability. For me, sustainability does not only mean green buildings, saving energy and cost, but also designing to ensure the space must be inclusive i.e. accessible, approachable and working irrespective of any social, physiological, physical barriers. As an architect, I thrive to design something meaningful and impactful keeping in mind the context. For me, while designing the form of the building and the functionality of the building should co -relate.

I believe this course would definitely give me the freedom to learn in depth about different aspects associated with Inclusive design and explore to achieve complete inclusion in the physical built environment. I am looking forward to express, explore and evolve through this course.

Felipe Sarmiento

Felipe has been the lead designer for global corporate events for companies like Sony, Xbox, Mitsubishi and Alibaba in Toronto, Cincinnati and Beijing. Currently, he works as a remote freelancer. Felipe enjoys working with diverse communities and NGOs to raise awareness of social injustice. As an Inclusive Designer student, he aims to bring new ideas to his corporate events and also to broaden his scope of social justice. When he is not working or studying he likes to keep updated with all soccer games, transfer rumours and history of soccer clubs. Felipe holds a BDes in Graphic Design from OCAD University.

Jen Serdetchnaia

Jen is fascinated by human motivation. She wants to understand how people think so she can design technology to help them do things on the Internet, in the Internet of Things, and with offline things. She thinks that products must inspire emotional engagement to be relevant. Jen believes that it is interdisciplinary engagement—with art, psychology, engineering, ergonomics and computer science—that creates inventive solutions.

Jen is currently a User Experience Architect at Klick Health, where her mission is to empower patients and physicians to attain the health care tools, support and information they need through accessible design.

By completing her Master of Design in Inclusive Design, Jen wants to support open expression, so anyone can create, discover and share. Through her graduate studies, Jen is planning to explore virtual reality therapy and the link between visual perception and cognitive ability.

Dana Shalab Alsham

Rylan Vroom

Yao Wang

Yao comes from China and she is an art teacher for kids in Montreal now. Since childhood she has created art, one of her dreams was to be an artist. However, she became a fashion and travel journalist for 8 years after graduated. In 2013, she moved to Canada to pursue the artist dream again and tried to be a professional artist. In recent years, she held many associated painting exhibition in Montreal from 2014 till now.

She is interested in combine oriental culture and western culture together. All her work has its roots in symbolism and she pursues the intersection-point of the different culture and art type. Her work stays within the transcendent fantasy style and plays with the negative space and details. The need to depict the art piece requires attention to all historic reference and the facts of life around her. Keep creation, imagination and practice are her key to improve herself. The medium she used often is ink, pastel and colored pencil. They allow her the precision to catch the all details in her work. She also add Chinese traditional medium into to her work and combine them with the western modern medium. Recently, Yao is an art teacher for kids from 4 years old to 14 years old, and she is very excited to join into the inclusive design community to develop her skills in art education, and she knows there is still much more work to do in this field.

First Year

Nadine Addada

Claire Andrews

Amanda Austin

Jorgen Baker

Brandon Biggs

Alejandra Bortoni

Alana Callan

Clarence Cansicio

Melissa Diep

Elliott Doxtater-Wynn

Hilary Dube

Eric Forest

Uttara Ghodke

Alisha Kamran

Henrique Matulis

Jaicyea Smith

Lena Yusim