Welcome to the READ Initiative website.  READ stands for Research, Education, Accessibility and Design.


Special Announcement

As Carleton University continues to follow our safe meetings and social distancing guidelines, the READ Initiative has transitioned to providing services remotely during our regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday).

The best way to connect with the READ Initiative is by email at READ.Initiative@carleton.ca. You should receive a reply to your inquiry within 2 business days.

For the most up to date campus information, please visit Carleton’s COVID-19 information website.


Building on Carleton University’s reputation in supporting persons with disabilities, the READ Initiative endeavors to establish Carleton as a Centre of Excellence in Accessibility, through research and development toward a world that is accessible and inclusive.

We bring the expertise across all academic disciplines and service departments at Carleton into collaboration with individuals and organizations that are committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Please explore our web pages and contact us if you are interested in research, education, design and development in accessibility.  Whether you are an individual with a disability, a researcher, or an organization, we would like to hear from you.  Please use our Contact page to join the conversation.