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.


Chantal Trudel

Adrian D. C. Chan

Boris Vukovic

Elizabeth Hoskin

Nicola Oddy

Adrian L. Jessup Schneider

Gabrielle Trepanier

Mojtaba Ahmadi

Claire Davies

Lois Frankel

Nicholas Graham

Yvan Labiche

Edward Lemaire

Jesse Stewart



Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi) Training Program: Preparing Graduate Students for Careers in Accessibility Research and Design

Jin Kang, Chantal Trudel, Audrey Girouard, Adrian D. C. Chan

EduCHI 2021, 2021


Diversifying Accessibility Education: Presenting and Evaluating an Interdisciplinary Accessibility Training Program

Jin Kang, Adrian D. C. Chan, Chantal Trudel, Boris Vukovic, Audrey Girouard

21st Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, 2021


Assessing the Experience of People with Autism at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Elizabeth Hoskin, Aditi Singh, Nicola Oddy, Adrian L. Jessup Schneider, Gabrielle Trepanier, Chantal Trudel, Audrey Girouard

CHI EA '20: Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2020


Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi): Integrating Post-Secondary Training in Accessibility

Mojtaba Ahmadi, Adrian D. C. Chan, Claire Davies, Lois Frankel, Audrey Girouard, Nicholas Graham, Yvan Labiche, Edward Lemaire, Jesse Stewart, Chantal Trudel

the Canadian Engineering Education Association conference , 2018