READ Initiative - Carleton University

Summer 2012

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The Newsletter


Welcome to READS’ first newsletter. We look forward to your feedback.


Carleton Commits to Accessible Design with Launch of READ Initiative

Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to accessibility, Carleton officially launched the READ Initiative this August. READ stands for Research, Education, Accessibility and Design and true to its name, the initiative aims to identify challenges facing the disabled community and bring together the expertise in all disciplines at Carleton University to incorporate accessibility in their thinking. Full article


Carleton Parasport Event

On October 9th, 2012, Carleton University will be hosting a parasport event consisting of a Parasport festival during the day and a Wheelchair basketball game in the evening.

The festival will consist of representatives from more than 15 local parasport clubs who are seeking new athletes and volunteers. You will have the opportunity to learn more about each sport, try them for yourself, and see how you can get involved. This festival is intended for people of all abilities including not only participants but those interested in volunteering as coaches, officials, classifiers, guides or simply helping out. Teachers, health care providers and parents of children with disabilities are also encouraged to attend. Details

The Wheelchair Basketball game is an Ontario vs Quebec Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition featuring members of Canada’s Paralympic team returning from London! All proceeds from this game will go directly to CanUgan, an organization which supports the manufacture of hand propelled tricycles for persons with disabilities in the Kasese district of Uganda. Details

Follow Your Team: Canadian Paralympic Committee Announces Complete Broadcast Schedule of London 2012 Paralympic Games Coverage


Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA)

Carleton led the Province in the inaugural IDeA contest in 2012, placing four entries in the top eight, and taking home the first and second place prizes. The Council of Ontario Universities is hosting the contest again this coming academic year and we are hoping that Carleton undergraduates will continue to let their ingenuity and imagination shine. The contest called “Innovative Designs for Accessibility”, invites undergraduate students in all disciplines to come up with an idea that would improve accessibility or remove barriers in the following areas based on the AODA legislation:

  • Organizational/Systemic
  • Architectural/Physical
  • Information and Communications
  • Technology
  • Attitudinal

For a preview of the new contest click here. Full contest rules will be posted at in early September.


THAT Camp – Accessibility

In conjunction with Instructor Shawn Graham and student Hollis Pierce from the department of History, READ is participating in hosting a The Humanities and Technology un-conference on October 27, 2012, in the new Residence Commons meeting facility. ThatCamp is a well-established phenomenon and this will be the first with an emphasis on accessibility. The event will also include a virtual version allowing additional participants to join in remotely.

Registration will be open until September 21st. Details


Name This Newsletter Contest

We are holding a contest to name this newsletter. We are looking for a creative name that will encapsulate the vision and mission of the READ Initiative and will also convey a message of the current and exciting updates that are contained in the newsletters.

First prize will be 4 tickets to an Ontario vs Quebec Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition on October 9, 2012 featuring members of Canada’s Paralympic team returning from London!

Please email your submissions to

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