Today, through the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC), the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) launched an accessibility campaign with Future Funder – Carleton University’s exclusive crowd-funding platform. The Accessible Fitness Fund hopes to raise enough funds to purchase Carleton’s first accessible chest press machine. The campaign is reflective of Carleton’s and CUSA’s continued commitment to being a national leader in accessibility; among Canadian post-secondary institutions.
Although CUSA has been working on the project for some time, the campaign remained a secret until it’s reveal in the University Centre Atrium at noon today (March 12th, 2015). CUSA, Carleton University Athletics, and representatives of the University’s Administration were all in attendance at the event.
To kick-start funding for the campaign, CUSA made a monetary donation of $2000.00 towards the total goal of $6500.00.
CUSA Vice-President Student Services Adil Tahseen, spoke about his time as a CDAC Coordinator and how the campaign came to fruition.
“This has been a project we’ve been working on for some time. I worked in CDAC for about two and a half years. Something we always discussed was investing in accessible fitness equipment. When the current CDAC coordinators – Nate and Arif – were hired, part of their mandate was to ensure that we saw this project through.”
In discussing the use of the Future Funder platform Tahseen said the goal was to ‘involve students.’ “We looked at a lot of ways we could go about this. Lobbying administration, funding the equipment directly from CUSA’s budget, but at the end of the day we thought it was important that we involved the students in this. We wanted students to have an avenue to contribute to their community and feel proud of our accessibility achievements. Carleton is recognized as one of the most accessible campuses, why not work together to become the most accessible campus.”
Carleton has a history of being at the forefront of accessibility in education. 2013 Para Triathlon training site designation, the work of the Paul Menton Centre, the Attendant Services Program and the Research, Education, Accessibility and Design Initiative (“READ” for short) have all contributed to Carleton’s recognition as a national leader in accessibility.
The Accessible Fitness Fund campaign will run until June 8th, 2015. Currently the fund is just shy of one third of the way to their $6500.00 goal.
CDAC Coordinators – Arif Jaffer and Nathan Bragg – say investing in an accessible chest press machine is just the first step. The ultimate goal is bring an entire set of accessible fitness equipment to Carleton Athletics.
For more information on the Accessible Fitness Fund or to contribute to the fund please visit: http://futurefunder.carleton.ca/projects/accessible-fitness-fund/