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In July 2014, Carleton University with support from the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa held the International Summit on Accessibility, promoting access and inclusion for persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. Participants joined leaders from around the globe as we showcased innovation, celebrated best practices and enabled collaborative dialog and action toward accessible and inclusive communities. From our major theme, Making it Happen – Intention to Action, three primary streams were developed including Innovation, Technology and Accessible Communities. In each stream we addressed issues of accessibility in education, communication, employment, recreation, mobility health and the physical environment with a special emphasis on employment.

  • Innovation: Highlighting and celebrating a world of best practices and innovative approaches to accessibility.
  • Technology: The promises and pitfalls of technology in contributing to accessibility for persons with disabilities in the home environment and beyond.
  • Accessible Communities: A focus on the built environment and the concepts and collaborations needed to create accessible communities.

Speakers included:

  • David Berman
  • Peter Blanck
  • David Capozzi
  • Rick Hansen
  • Paul Jackson
  • Lon LaClaire
  • Randy Lewis
    The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero
  • Rich Donovan
  • Susan Scott-Parker
  • Jutta Treviranus

Participants and speakers can read the final report.

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