May 30 to June 5 marks National AccessAbility Week and Carleton experts are available to comment on related topics and research.

Mojtaba Ahmadi
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Ahmadi’s research interests are related to robotics and its application to human rehabilitation and assistive devices for locomotion,as well as robotic and mechatronic systems analysis and design for special applications.

Adrian Chan
Professor, Systems and Computer Engineering


Chan is the director of Carleton’s Research and Education in Accessibility, Design and Innovation (READi). He is available to speak about the need for education in accessibility to create more accessible environments, as well as accessibility initiatives and research on campus.

Dominique Marshall
Professor, History


Marshall is available to discuss the Carleton University Disability Research Group. (CUDRG). The group has three virtual exhibitions including,  A Wheelchair History of Disability. Envisioning Technologies and Transnational Representation: Canada and the Founding of Disabled Peoples’ InternationalLast fall, Marshall convened Carleton’s Shannon Lecture in History “On the Cutting Edge: Disabled Canadians and Rights Acquisition.” She is currently working on an ongoing research project entitled “Oral histories of activists in the disability rights movement between 1970 and 2020.”

Cathy Malcolm Edwards
Lead, Co-ordinated Accessibility Strategy (CAS) Implementation, Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative 


As a member of READ, Edwards co-develops ideas with colleagues, researchers and community partners, helps bring ideas to life as projects that address real-world accessibility issues and build community. She lives with visible and non-visible disabilities and is passionate about the role universal design can play in making the world more accessible and equitable for all.

Dean Mellway
Accessibility Advisor, READ Initiative


Mellway moved to Ottawa in 1980 to become executive director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and after 10 years, joined the team at Carleton to open the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC). Mellway has recently completed a six-year term as acting director of Carleton’s READ Initiative and continues his role as a special advisor to the READ Initiative moving forward.

Mellway enjoyed a long career as a competitive athlete representing Canada with medal performances in Paralympics and World Championships in over three decades. He has also enjoyed a long career as a volunteer, serving persons with disabilities and recently completed a three year term on the Province of Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee/Standards Development Committee.

Boris Vukovic
Director, READ Initiative


Vukovic has worked at Carleton for more than 15 years supporting the success of students with disabilities – through leadership, direct student services, faculty development, applied research and professional standards. He has done research related to inclusive teaching practices of university faculty and disability-related assessments and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In his role as the director of the Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative, Vukovic is committed to establishing Carleton as a national leader in accessibility.

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