Robert Babcock, a third-year psychology and disability studies student at Carleton University, will be awarded the Dr. John Davis Burton Award during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 hosted by the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities.

When: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
Where: 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University

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As a disability advocate, Paralympic athlete and motivational speaker, Babcock has dedicated an impressive amount of time and effort to disability awareness, equality and social inclusion.

“Brett is a role model to all university students, regardless of disability, and makes our community proud with his passion for social integration, both on and off campus,” said Andrea Andrecyk, director of Student Awards at Carleton.

Babcock is a member of the Carleton University Student’s Association (CUSA) on the Accessibility Fund Committee, helping to raise money to improve accessibility on campus, as well as a volunteer at the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC). As part of his work with CDAC, he helped adapt Carleton’s gym to be more accessible for students using wheelchairs.

With goals of pursuing graduate degrees in both social work and disability studies, Babcock is involved in numerous organizations and committees, has given multiple presentations about social inclusion and is a member of multiple peer support programs. He also started a community charity called Tabs4Chairs, an initiative to raise money for medical equipment by collecting aluminum tabs.

About the Dr. John Davis Burton Award

John Davis Burton championed and advocated for persons with disabilities. He made significant contributions to increasing awareness, equality and integration of persons with disabilities throughout his career as an educator and co-ordinator of educational support services. He was an advocate for equal access to education for persons with disabilities, believing in training for educators as well as support services for the students. Burton taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and co-ordinated programs and services for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing students, as well as students with learning disabilities at Algonquin College and Carleton University. In memory of Burton, family, students and friends endowed this award in 1992.

It is awarded annually, when merited, to a student in good standing who has made a significant contribution toward awareness, equality and integration of persons with disabilities within the educational community. The recipient is also enrolled, at the time of the presentation, at Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité collégiale or the University of Ottawa.

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Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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