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Posted December 5, 2012

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Honorary Patron

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario becomes Honorary Patron of Carleton University’s READ Initiative

Ottawa - Carleton University is pleased to announce the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as Honorary Patron of the Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative under the direction of the Faculty of Engineering and Design.

Building on Carleton’s well-established reputation as a leader in providing access to students with disabilities, the READ Initiative endeavors to propel Carleton into a global leadership role in promoting a world that is truly accessible and inclusive.

“Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the READ Initiative is proud to welcome the Lieutenant Governor as its Honorary Patron,” said President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. ``His strong leadership in accessibility will be most significant as we bring the wealth of expertise at Carleton on accessibility to play, benefitting people around the world. ’’

Among many activities planned for the years ahead is an International Summit on Accessibility that will be held in Ottawa in June 2014.

The Lieutenant Governor has championed disability issues on many fronts and for many years. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three, he has broken through social barriers and become a role model and a leader on the international stage.

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