The Accessibility Institute is proud to announce the launch of a new project that will explore innovative ways technology can be incorporated into built environments to assess and monitor the daily living activities of persons with disabilities, including those aging in place.

The project titled “Enabling Independence: Assessing activities of daily living to inform safety standards for built environments” will investigate how technology can be used to address safety concerns and barriers associated with mobility within the home. The goal of the project will be to incorporate smart home technology solutions that improve safety, facilitate higher degrees of independent living, detect problems that arise in the home, as well as identify risk factors early to help prevent problems before they occur.

This project is being conducted in collaboration with the following organizations and departments: Best Buy Health, Bruyère Research Institute, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, Independent Living Canada, Municipal Retirees Organization of Ontario (MROO), and Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design.

The project is funded by Accessibility Standards Canada through the Advancing Accessibility Standards Research Program.

Visit the project webpage for additional information and ongoing project updates.


The Accessibility Institute, based at Carleton University, is a dynamic hub for multi-disciplinary accessibility research, education, training, and community engagement.

Best Buy Health is a national corporation, a subsidiary of Best Buy Canada, with a mission to enrich and save lives through technology and meaningful connections.

Bruyère is an academic health care organization based in Ottawa driven by learning, research and innovation.

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is a regional non-profit organization that provides compassionate support, tailored coaching, and practical education for everyone impacted by dementia while building a dementia inclusive community.

Independent Living Canada is a non-profit national disability organization which advocates that attitudinal and environmental barriers in society create disabling conditions and are rather the result of living in a society designed by and for non-disabled persons.

Municipal Retirees Organization of Ontario (MROO) is a regional, independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that speaks on behalf of all Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) retirees.

The Carleton University Faculty of Engineering and Design is one of the nation’s leading institutions in the study and research of engineering, architecture, industrial design, and information technology, home to a comprehensive platform of teaching programs and world class research.


For inquiries about this project, please contact Boris Vukovic