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 in conjunction with Ali Mazalek and runs EDGE Lab (Experiential Design and Gaming Environments). His mulitmodal research spaces and projects 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.