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Social technology meets design activism

Early Childhood Studies professor and director of Ryerson’s Responsive Ecologies Lab and the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments Lab, Jason Nolan

As an autistic adult, Early Childhood Studies Professor Jason Nolan is engaged in making sense of the world around him and finding solutions to everyday problems. His unique approach focuses on 'fixing' the environment – and not the individual – through design processes that focus on the goals and needs of individuals.

Professor Nolan directs Ryerson’s RE/Lab and EDGE Lab. These intersensory research spaces challenge us to think differently: to inquire, examine and reflect upon thoughts and ideas in the development of what he calls “social technologies”. These social technologies involve the creation of custom adaptations for special needs children – innovations that help children with disabilities engage with the people and spaces around them.

At Ryerson, we embrace diverse approaches and methods. We encourage both our faculty and our students to test the boundaries of what’s possible in order to support the discovery and development of creative solutions that will make a significant difference in our world.