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CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility Research Now and in the Future

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Language of delivery: English

Platform: Zoom

Accessibility: ASL interpretation and bilingual captioning will be provided. Additional accommodations available as requested.


Accessibility research is a growing field that brings researchers from diverse disciplines, industries, and community together to explore the barriers and possibilities of making the world more accessible. 

Attend the May CAN Connect Forum to explore the dynamic field of accessibility research. Panelists will share experiences and findings from past and ongoing research projects and discuss future areas of study that will highlight the evolution of accessibility research and its impact.  

Expect to dive into discussions on:

  • The journey of accessibility research, from foundational studies to cutting-edge projects.
  • The critical role and distinctive characteristics of accessibility research.
  • Challenges and breakthroughs in making the world more accessible.
  • Ideas for the future of accessibility research and the untapped opportunities ahead.

This forum is a chance to understand the significance of this field from those who are shaping its future, fostering a deeper appreciation for the power of interdisciplinary collaboration in creating inclusive environments.



  • Dr. Adrian Chan: A distinguished Professor at Carleton University and Director of multiple accessibility-focused initiatives, brings deep expertise in biomedical engineering and accessibility technologies.


    • Dr. Katie Aubrecht: Canada Research Chair in Health Equity and Social Justice; renowned for her participatory research in rural mental healthcare and social justice.
    • Dr. Claire Davies: Associate Professor at Queen’s University, specializing in the development of therapies and devices that ensure equity and inclusion.
    • Dr. Mahadeo A. Sukhai: Vice President of Research & International Affairs and Chief Accessibility Officer for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). His work focuses on understanding the quality of life and the lived experience of blind people in Canada.
    • Dr. Boris Vukovic: Director of the Accessibility Institute at Carleton University, Boris is a leader in promoting accessibility and inclusion for nonvisible disabilities through innovative research and practices.