The Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi) training program launched September 1, 2017. Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada through its Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE), READi is the first interdisciplinary post-secondary accessibility-training program offered in Canada.

READi is unique with its multidisciplinary cohorts of students from Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and Queen’s University, who retain a research focus in their home programs (e.g., engineering, information technology, design, human-computer interaction, and music), and adds theory and practice (learning by doing) in accessibility under the guidance of an interdisciplinary team. READi acknowledges the importance of affective learning (emotion/feeling), where trainees not only gain the knowledge and skills to meet accessibility needs (i.e., cognitive learning) but also develop the inspiration and motivation to do so.