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Fall 2014

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READ Honorary Patron

Since the inception of the READ Initiative in August 2012, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Hon. David C. Onley has been the Patron of READ. His Honour concluded his service to Ontario as Lieutenant Governor in September 2014 after 7 years in office. READ is very pleased to Announce that the Honourable David C. Onley, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has accepted our invitation to continue as Honorary Patron of READ. His Honour has dedicated much of his term in office to the advancement of accessibility for persons with disabilities and will continue to be a spokesperson and advocate for accessibility as a private citizen. We look forward to continued collaboration with His Honour, particularly with regard to employment initiatives for persons with disabilities and the revitalization of the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in Jamaica, a project that was launched by His Honour and will continue to benefit from his leadership.


READ Innovation Centre



With financial support from the Audette Foundation, READ is pleased to announce the launch of the READ Innovation Centre. The Centre will access lab space across campus but will be centred in a new lab in Room 4328 Mackenzie. The centre will invite organizations and individuals involved with accessibility in the Ottawa community to identify issues and problems that limit their accessibility and inclusion. Carleton students will research the problem to determine if solutions are already available and if not, will present the issue to a faculty advisory board. The board will identify appropriate expertise within the Carleton community. Once a project is identified, the Innovation Centre will provide support to students working under the direction of faculty to develop solutions. The READ Innovation Centre is a collaborative venture with READ, 1125@carleton and the Carleton Science and Technology Centre (STC).

Walk n’ Roll 2014


This event is an annual sport festival and fundraising walk & roll to showcase the clubs and organization offering Parasport opportunities to athletes with disabilities in Ottawa. It also provides Carleton students and staff with the opportunity to contribute to Parasport as athletes, coaches and volunteers or by participating in the event and raising pledges to support the community organizations creating opportunities in the National Capital Region.The event has two funding streams: local Parasport clubs are fundraising to support their teams, while Carleton’s walk n roll teams are fundraising to support the READ initiative. Since its establishment, the READ initiative has had a close connection to sports for people with disabilities.

We had a successful event on the 28th of September for this year and over $10,000 was raised on the day. We would like to thank the volunteers and everyone who came out for the walk this year as it wouldn’t have been a success without your participation. We hope for more successful walks in the upcoming years.For more information on the event please visit:

Job Opportunities in the Federal Government

On Monday, October 20, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm the Office of Disability Issues and the Public Service Commission will host a workshop on employment opportunities for students with disabilities. REGISTER online at Carleton events.

IDeA Contest


In the 2011/12 academic year, The Council of Ontario Universities and the Government of Ontario, launched the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) undergraduate student competition. Inspired by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the competition is designed to encourage undergraduate students from all faculties to come up with innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions that address some of the current barriers to accessibility in one of five categories: organizational/systemic, architectural/physical, information and communications, technology and attitudinal

Last year, four Carleton projects were selected as finalists and the top two prizes were won by Carleton students.This year,Carleton students led the way, placing 5 projects in the top 9 finalists and capturing all of the top three awards. Stay tuned for updates on the year 4..


READ is continuing to work with a CanUgan Disability Support project, which is raising funds in Canada to support the local manufacture of hand propelled tricycles in Kasese Uganda. For the past two years, READ has worked with CanUgan and Carleton’s School of Industrial Design to improve the tricycles and develop new products. This year READ is reaching out to other faculties to encourage student projects that will support CanUgan’s organizational development while enhancing student learning opportunities.


The READ Initiative continues to work as part of an international team led by former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honorable David Onley, to revitalize the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in Jamaica. READ is working with major manufacturers for low cost durable wheelchair that can be assembled and repaired in developing nations. The goal is to include a wheelchair service in the SJGRC renovation that will eventually serve the entire Caribbean

Conference Board of Canada event November 27, 2014

Making employment more accessible and available for people with disabilities in Ontario is an emerging priority for businesses in Ontario especially with the new provincial Accessibility Standard for Employment under the AODA phasing in.

The Conference Board of Canada is partnering with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to offer a series of interactive workshops that explain the Standard and HR practices and policies that promote accessible employment.The Ottawa Workshop is being co-sponsored by the READ Initiative and EARN, the Employment Accessibility Resource Network of the Ottawa United Way.


Register for the November 27th 2014 workshop at:

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