1. Project Summary
  2. Funding
  3. Project Team
    1. Co-Principal Investigators
    2. Research Team and Outreach
    3. Research Assistants
  4. Partners
  5. Final Report
  6. Contact

Project Summary

The Career Transitions and Accessibility in the Federal Public Service (FPS) research project is a collaboration of the READ Initiative, Carleton University researchers, and national community partners to study the key transition points in the employment of persons with disabilities into, within, and out of the FPS.

The project explores the barriers and facilitators to accessibility that employees with disabilities experience in their career transitions within the FPS in order to identify targeted actions and interventions to enhance accessibility.

The project also explores the experiences of persons with disabilities who are applying to enter the FPS, the experiences of those who have left employment with FPS, and the experiences of FPS managers around accessibility practices to gain a holistic view of barriers and facilitators throughout the entire employment lifecycle.

This project provides an opportunity to persons with disabilities to share their employment journey and have their voices heard through a survey, in-depth interviews and focus groups. In this way, they will help to inform the development of standards to improve accessibility, not only in the FPS, but in other workplaces too.


The READ Initiative received funding for this project from Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC).

Project Team

Co-Principal Investigators

Boris Vukovic, Director of Accessibility Institute (formerly READ Initiative), Carleton University
Tara Connolly, Assistant Director R&D, Accessibility Institute (formerly READ Initiative), Carleton University
Janet Mantler, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University
Lorraine Godden, Instructor, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University
Linda Schweitzer, Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Research Team and Outreach

Samantha Butler, Research Lead
Mirvat Sanaallah

Research Assistants

Cassandra Starosta
Simona Mackovichova
Joy Mcleod
Cathrine Pettersen
Shreena Thapa
Darby Mallory
Mahdi Moshirian Farahi
Shamarukh Chowdhury
Rielle Haig
Katja Newman
Margaret Lyons MacFarlane


Final Report

The final research report can be downloaded below:

Career Transitions and Accessibility in the Federal Public Service (PDF)


For questions, comments or to request more information about this project, please email: ASC@carleton.ca