Mission Statement

To highlight, celebrate, and cultivate Carleton’s expertise, leadership and collaboration with the community to create greater accessibility and a more inclusive world.


  • Positioning Carleton University as a leader in accessibility research and design.
  • To support increased program emphasis in all faculties in areas of disability, universal design, accessibility and inclusion.
  • To support research and solution based projects on accessibility in all disciplines.
  • Engage students and faculty at Carleton with people with disabilities and the broader community locally, nationally and globally, offering interactive learning opportunities for students and support and solutions to the community.

In addition to the READ Initiative, Carleton University is concurrently exploring the potential for the establishment of an academic program in Accessibility Studies.