Citing Carleton University as “a leading light” for accessible education, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi has announced the creation of the David C Onley Initiative for Employment and Enterprise Development initiative. A Carleton release states that the two-year, $5M program will provide mentorship for entrepreneurial development, employment support, and one-on-one coaching for students with disabilities. Naqvi’s announcement follows an earlier provincial commitment of $800K for the Carleton University Accessible Experiential Learning project, which gives students with disabilities access to work-integrated learning initiatives. Carleton President Alastair Summerlee stated that the fund’s namesake, David C Onley, “was an eloquent advocate for all people no matter where they are in their life or status.”


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