An exciting new Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) award that has been received by Carleton University. The award will enable Carleton to build the Abilities Living Laboratory, a research space designed for clinical research related to accessibility for people with disabilities. ALL brings together some of Canada’s top minds in science, engineering, design, health, social sciences and the humanities to create innovative community systems that enable a fully inclusive and accessible Canada. It is anticipated that this research program will lead to the design and development of new assistive and rehabilitation devices, public environments and facilities, and experiences that are more accessible and inclusive.

The PI on the grant is Dr. Adrian Chan.

“I’m thrilled about this opportunity,” said Chan. “Carleton has engaged in many projects that have contributed to a more accessible society for persons with disabilities. ALL will provide cutting-edge technology and infrastructure to accelerate accessibility research.”

HALO Senior Scientist Dr. Pat Longmuir will be the Associate Director Accessibility and Inclusion in Cultural Life, Recreation, Leisure, and Sport. The Associate Director Personal Mobility is Dr. Mojtaba Ahmadi. The Associate Director Accessibility and Inclusion in Public Life is Dr. Chantal Trudel. Co-Investigators are: Girouard A, Hallgrimsson B, Lemaire E, Stewart J, Sveistrup H, Ysseldyk R.

We look forward to the start of construction and purchasing so our new research space can be operational as soon as possible.

Congratulations, Pat and all involved!

More details are available through the announcement from Carleton University: