On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Carleton University’s Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) initiative will host a collaborative summit to introduce the new Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN) – an engaged national community that is focused on advancing accessibility and inclusion in Canada and beyond.

The day-long event will bring together network partners, decision-makers and creative minds to share experiences and ideas on ensuring accessibility and creating an inclusive world.

When: Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Atrium and Conference Rooms, Second Floor, Richcraft Hall, Carleton
An overview of the summit and its agenda is available online. Registration can be found here. A campus map is available online.

Media are invited to attend the event. CAN Summit organizers Boris Vukovic, Adrian Chan and Sandra Crocker are available for interviews.

The summit will feature a variety of thought-provoking opportunities for exchange, all centred on challenging barriers to accessibility.

The CAN Summit keynote address, delivered by Philip Rizcallah, chief executive officer of the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO), will highlight the Accessible Canada Act and how the mandate of CASDO will support the Act.

The Innovative Partners Showcase will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet the many multi-sectoral, pan-Canadian organizations contributing to accessibility.

During the Ideas Exchange forums, attendees will be invited to lend their voice and practice approaches to the conversation that will help inform CAN as it moves toward creating a more accessible future.

About CAN

The Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN) leads a national partnership focused on advancing accessibility for persons with disabilities through research, design and innovation, education and training, policy, employment, and community engagement.


CASDO will develop and revise accessibility standards that will set out how federal private sector organizations and Government of Canada departments and agencies can prevent, identify and remove barriers to accessibility.

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Carleton University
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