Magnusmode

Our Story

Magnusmode was created by and for the disability community. We build solutions that work for the people we love.

— Our Incredible Story

Magnusmode founder Nadia with her little brother
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Inspired by Sibling Love

Nadia Hamilton, Founder of Magnusmode, grew up helping her brother Troy, who has autism, to complete everyday tasks, like brushing his teeth. To lessen his anxiety and support independence, she created hand-drawn step-by-step guides that he was able to follow along with and re-enact. Just simple crayon drawings on paper, the guides nonetheless provided the structure and foresight he needed to do things on his own.

When Troy graduated from high school, the homemade drawings were not enough to support him to participate in the world. Nadia worked as a Support Worker throughout university and realized that many families were facing a similar issue: the world was not designed with the special needs of their loved ones in mind. That’s when she decided to build Magnusmode, a company dedicated to removing the barriers that cause disability.

Magnusmode’s first solution, MagnusCards, is the digitalized version of the hand-drawn solution she made for her brother when they were younger. It’s the ultimate strategy guide for life, with an ever-expanding library of guides (Card Decks) for home and community experiences. Companies and venues across North America share Nadia’s vision of an accessible world, and sponsor the creation of branded Card Decks to help welcome and support customers with disabilities.

What began with the love of a sister for her brother has grown into an accessibility movement powered by technology, with a fun character mascot named Magnus (designed by and for the community), transforming home, school, and community life worldwide.

Our Vision & Mission
“MagnusCards is fantastic for lowering anxiety levels and ultimately making trips smoother and more enjoyable.”

- Beverly, mother of a teen with autism

Our Vision

We envision a world where people with cognitive disabilities live with independence and inclusion, and their caregivers have greater peace of mind.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create practical tools that improve everyday experiences and enable people with cognitive disabilities to participate in the world in ways that are meaningful to them.

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— Meet the Team

Our Team

  • Nadia

    Founder & President

  • Kelly

    Executive Director

  • Valentin

    Technology Team Lead

  • Emily

    Account Executive

  • Alex

    Card Deck Coordination & Production

  • Stephen

    Card Deck Coordination & Production

Board of Directors

  • Nadia Hamilton

    Director

  • Rick Trapp

    Director

  • Julie McDowell

    Board Chair

  • Debbie Ambursley

    Treasurer

Supporters and Advisors

Thank you to the organizations and people who have helped us along the way.

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2011

Centre for Social Innovation

Winner, $25K Project Wildfire Social Business Pitch Competition.

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2014

Centennial College

Applied Research Collaboration

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2015

MagnusCards

Beta Launched

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2015

Communitech ASCent (Accelerating Social Cause Entrepreneurs):

Mentorship Program

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2015

Golden Triangle Angel Network

Private Investment

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2015

NRC-IRAP

Grant Recipient

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2015

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Grant Recipient

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2016

SheEO

Radical Generosity Fund Recipient

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2018

Waterloo Accelerator Centre

Accelerator Program Graduate

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2018

43North

$500K Winner

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2018

Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)

Changemaker Award

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2019

Magnusmode U.S. Inc.

Launched

Community Access Partners

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A&W

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Barrie Transit

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Brampton Library

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Brampton Transit

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