The Queen's Accessibility Committee in partnership with Accessibility Queen's named the Award in honour of Steve Cutway, a long-serving employee of Queen's University. Over a span of nearly 36 years, Steve gave generously of his time and commitment in advancing accessibility for students and employees with disabilities.
The Award servers to acknowledge the efforts of faculty, staff and students who demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to creating a learning and work environment in which persons with disabilities enjoy full participation.
Examples of efforts in advancing accessibility include:
- developing and delivering interesting and effective awareness training about disability and accessibility issues
- demonstrating flexibility, respectfulness and creativity in responding to requests for accommodations in the classroom or in the workplace
- conveying a welcoming and inclusive attitude towards students and employees with disabilities in one's department
- utilizing elements of universal instructional design in one's curriculum that at the same time enhance accessibility
- paying particular attention to accessibility when planning projects or events at the University
The principal presents the award during Accessibility Awareness Week, held in March every year.