Easter Seals Canada thanks all student teams that made a submission to the 2020 Easter Seals AccessAbility Innovations Student Competition, and congratulate all winning and shortlisted teams.

Click on this link to read more about the results of the Student Competition.


AccessAbility Innovations Student Fair & Competition

The “AccessAbility Innovations Student Fair” is a competition that is open to all grades 10, 11 and 12 students in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA). The inaugural competition challenges students to come up with an idea, concept or proposal for either (A) innovative new products, digital applications/software, and research; OR (B) improvements and additions to existing accessibility equipment, devices, applications or studies, which could enhance the lives and experiences of people living with disabilities.

  • Students are invited to work in teams of up to three persons to come up with and submit their idea or proposal to Easter Seals Canada for the competition
  • A panel will then narrow down the proposals that have been submitted to a maximum of 10 finalist teams. The finalist teams will be informed by Easter Seals Canada and invited to further develop their idea/proposal and present at the student fair on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the MaRs Discovery District – which is taking place in conjunction with the Easter Seals Community Conference.
  • On the day of the fair, students will have the opportunity to present their ideas/concepts to a panel of judges, and the conference audience. Prizes will be awarded to the best ideas/concepts.
  • The full competition description can be read below or downloaded HERE.


Student teams are invited to submit their ideas/concepts in the following categories:

  • Digital/electronic applications and solutions

    Defined as ideas/concepts that propose new, innovative solutions that are digital or electronic in nature (for example, an app or software program that would work in conjunction with a mobile device/tablet/computer) to address an accessibility issue.

  • Mechanical/physical equipment and technologies

    Defined as ideas/concepts that propose innovative, new mechanical/physical piece of equipment, gadget or tool – or enhancements to existing accessibility equipment/gadget/tool that would help to address an accessibility issue.

  • Research and Theories

    Defined as ideas/concepts that add to existing research/studies or proposes new theories grounded in small-scale research/studies on issues that are related to disability, accessibility, and inclusion.


The following prizes will be awarded to the winning teams:

  • $300 cash prize to the top team in each category, as decided by the panel of judges.
  • $150 cash prize to the audience favourite, as decided by a ballot of conference participants.
  • $100 cash prize for each of the remaining participating teams.

The judges’ decisions are final. Projects will be judged in the English language; we will do our best to accommodate request for French language support.

Dates & Deadlines

  • January 31, 2020: Deadline to submit brief descriptions of idea/concept.
  • February 7, 2020: Up to 10 shortlisted teams will receive invitations to showcase and present their ideas/concepts at the “AccessAbility Innovations” Student Fair. Shortlisted teams will subsequently have 4+ weeks to further hone their ideas/concepts.
  • March 11, 2020: Student Fair showcase and presentation. Winners will be announced at the Community Conference plenary session.

Rules & Regulations

Please read these rules carefully. Failure to follow any of them may result in your team being disqualified. By signing and submitting the required registration and consent forms, you are indicating that you have read, understood and followed all relevant rules.

  • Participants must reside in or attend a school located in the City of Toronto, City of Hamilton, or the regional municipalities of Halton, Peel, York and Durham.
  • Participants must form teams of at least two persons, or up to a maximum of three individuals per teams. A minimum of two students must be present during the fair in order to be considered for the prizes. A project that has been the work of more than three students will be disqualified.
  • Teams can consist of students in one grade or mixed grades.
  • There is no limit to the number of two or three-person teams that can be submitted from a school(s).
  • Teams will acknowledge any sources which their idea/proposal draws upon.
  • Students must complete and submit the parent/guardian consent forms for each team member, together with the team registration form, when submitting their proposal for the fair/competition
  • Participants are not allowed to wear school uniforms or overtly identify the school which they attend. Teams who violate this policy may be disqualified.
  • All exhibits, including accessories, must be confined to a table or floor space not to exceed 1.2 metres front to back, or side to side. The organizing committee will endeavour to provide an area for participants to safely demonstrate to judges projects that require more space than the regulated exhibit display space.
  • No chemicals, organic materials or living organisms may be displayed at the fair. We encourage teams to take photographs if any of these are instrumental to demonstrating the idea/concept that is being presented.
  • No electricity, gas or water will be provided at the fair area, although publicly accessible water and power outlets are available at the venue.
  • Any item or models used at the fair must be safe in design and operation.

Check out the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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  • What is the purpose of this competition?
    • The competition aims to encourage students to think about accessibility issues and barriers that exists in their schools/communities, to exercise their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to come up with new ideas/concepts or improvements to existing ones to address these issues, and to promote awareness of accessibility and inclusivity issues.
  • Who owns the ideas/materials submitted for the competition?
    • Student teams will continue to own the Intellectual Property rights to original ideas/concepts and materials they submit to the competition.
  • Will Easter Seals Canada cover my transportation cost to travel to the fair/competition?
    • Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the fair/competition and for the costs associated with it.


Please complete and email the completed registration package below to Note: A parent/guardian consent form must be completed for each student member of the team.

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