Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) & Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, Toronto
Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and globally connected society is designed inclusively. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. She is the co-director of Raising the Floor International. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project, FLOE, and many others. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication). Jutta’s leadership in Inclusive Design has been recognized through awards, such as a Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45 by Zoomer Magazine. Jutta’s work has been attributed as the impetus for corporate adoption of more inclusive practices in large enterprise companies such as Microsoft.