Experimental atelier: Reducing obstacles and co-creating digital tools in a food court for all

This interactive visit and co-creation session is to LEARN and SHARE

WhenThursday 25th of August from 14h to 16h

Where: Alexis Nihon Shopping Mall


Since 2011, our RehabMaLL has partnered with the owner of a shopping mall in downtown Montreal to create an inclusive environment to optimize participation and inclusion for individuals of all ages, especially those with physical disability.

The purpose of our workshop is to conduct an interactive and innovative activity where living labbers from around the world, CRIR researchers and real world users (e.g., persons with disabilities) can participate in providing unique input towards the transformation of our Living Lab food court. In addition, participant’s experience and input will also aid in the creation of a new digital application to help facilitate participation of people with physical disabilities within the food court. Together, we will learn from each other and co-create, paving the path towards real change. Please come join us in our living lab mall!


Experience a normal daily activity that a disabled person would encounter – gain unique information from the individual expertise of other living labbers from around the world – triangulate knowledge from the different participants, living labbers and real users, with and without disabilities – co-create possible solutions and turn them into a concrete plan of action.



2:00 (pm) — Participants arrival and greetings
2:15 to 2:50 (pm) — Food court «experience»
3:15 to 3:50 (pm) — Co-creating session
4:00(pm) — End of workshop

Location (8 blocks from Concordia University or 1 Metro station away – Atwater station): Alexis Nihon Shopping Mall, 1500 Avenue Atwater, Montréal, QC H3Z 1X5

Meeting point: Winners store, Mezzanine

Max. number of participants: 30 people

Workshop organisersEva KEHAYIA, Bonnie SWAINE, Cassandra FEHR, Tiiu POLDMA, Anouk LAMONTAGNE, Philippe ARCHAMBAULT, Barbara MAZER, Aaron JOHNSON, Walter WITTICH, Linda ROULEAU

Main workshop organisers

Dr. Eva Kehayia is associate professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and Scientific co-Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of greater Montreal (CRIR).

Dr Bonnie Swaine is Professor in the physical therapy program of the rehabilitation school of the Université de Montréal (UdeM) and is also Scientific co-Director of CRIR. They are co-leading the RehabMaLL Project to create enabling environments for social participation and inclusion for individuals with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities (http://www.crir-livinglabvivant.com).