1. Research at Carleton
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Research ― academic and applied, at campus and in the community ― has a vital role in Carleton’s vision of a society of full accessibility and inclusion. In concert with governments and industry, Carleton has developed initiatives, programs and projects that put accessibility in the spotlight.

Research at Carleton

  • The Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) initiative: The initiative, begun in 2012, is establishing Carleton as a Centre of Excellence in Accessibility through research and development toward a world that is accessible and inclusive. Learn more about completed projects and additional projects.
  • Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research and Activism – TDKRA:  A collaborative project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) over four years, from 2016 until 2020. The project focuses on engaging women and girls with disabilities in three disadvantaged communities in Hanoi, Thua Thien Hue, and Can Tho, Vietnam in participatory research as a way of building local knowledge and developing activism in support of their inclusion. The project provides opportunities for graduate students, academics, and activists in Canada to engage in transnational work for social justice with disabled girls and women in the global South.
  • Researchers in Accessibility: Accessibility is emerging as a truly interdisciplinary field of research and practice. Carleton University has a well-deserved reputation and diverse representation from our faculty in this new research space. By coming together, as a community of researchers at Carleton University, we will explore how our individual research work and interests align and contribute to accessibility, above and beyond the traditional boundaries of our home disciplines and histories.
  • Carleton University’s Disability Research Group: Founded in 2013 by three members of the Disability Studies Committee at Carleton, the interdisciplinary team from scholarly and professional backgrounds aims to raise awareness about disability and technology through virtual exhibits and multidisciplinary research, including The Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada and An Exhibit on the History of Disability & Technology in Canada.
  • TAFETA Smart Systems for Health, co-led by Carleton University and the Bruyère Research Institute, develops smart technologies to help older adults age at home, via the Smart Apartment at Ottawa’s Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital.
  • Research, Education, Accessibility, Design and Innovation (READi) program: The six-year program, launched in 2017, trains graduate students to explore interdisciplinary approaches for incorporating accessible, inclusive, and human-centered design principles into the research, design, and development of products, information and environments that can be used by all people, regardless of ability.  It was the first interdisciplinary post-secondary accessibility-training program offered in Canada.
  • The Sensors and Analytics for Monitoring Mobility and Memory (SAM3) hub: Carleton, Ottawa’s Bruyère Research Institute, and the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence launched two research centres, one at Carleton and the other at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, focusing  on sensor-based smart technologies for mobility and memory challenges faced by older adults. (The Smart Apartment at Ottawa’s Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital.)
  • Connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) research, including the L5 Nepean test track and an earlier EcoDrive Infrastructure to Vehicle (I2V) Connected Vehicle project.
  • Understanding the unique biomechanics of ice (sledge) hockey, a project by Carleton grad student and instructor Alicia Gal. Watch her video: