The READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design) is pleased to announce the kick-off of the implementation of Carleton’s Coordinated Accessibility Strategy, which is being led by Cathy Malcolm Edwards.

One of the first steps, as outlined in the strategy, is a new collaboration between READ and FMP (Facilities Management and Planning) to implement the strategy’s recommendations regarding the university’s physical infrastructure.

Dean Mellway has accepted the role as special Accessibility Advisor to both READ and FMP, a significant step to incorporating accessibility practices within FMP operations.

With a view to enhancing the accessibility of our physical campus, including buildings, we will be implementing the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program, which surpasses minimum standards and allows buildings to be designated as either Rick Hansen Certified or Rick Hansen Certified Gold.

Dean Mellway, Tim Golding and Matthew Cole—with support from Deb Coghlin and Pascal Dubuc—will be conducting a full audit of the campus, including buildings, using the RHFAC program as our accessibility standard, and documenting their findings.

Stay tuned for more updates from READ and the Coordinated Accessibility Strategy team!