Accessibility
Accessibility
Accessibility at Carleton
Carleton University has an extensive and dynamic history of making its campus and courses increasingly accessible to students with disabilities and is committed to being the most accessible campus in Canada, as underscored in our Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP) and Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA).
To lead Carleton’s commitment toward a fully accessible and inclusive campus, the SIP recommended the creation of a Coordinated Accessibility Strategy. The seven broad themes in the strategy (Coordination and Leadership, Education and Training, Information and Communication, Physical Campus, Employment and Employee Support, Student Support Services, and Research and Development) also chart the university’s past and present efforts, based on a long-standing history of overcoming challenges to inclusion and accessibility.
Defining Accessibility
“Accessibility is best defined as the provision of flexibility to accommodate each [individual’s] needs and preferences when used with reference to persons with disabilities, any place, space, item or service, whether physical or virtual, that is easily approached, reached, entered, exited, interacted with, understood or otherwise used by persons of varying disabilities, is determined to be accessible.”
-United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Social Policy and Development,  Accessibility and Development Mainstreaming disability in the post-2015 development agenda
Our Policies
The campus-wide policies on accessibility are guided by the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity and apply to students, faculty and staff, contractors and visitors or guests. Further, Part III of Carleton’s Human Rights Policies and Procedures outlines the university’s obligation and the responsibility of all members of the campus community to accommodate students with disabilities.
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In the News
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Carleton Creates Canadian Accessibility Network
Building on its reputation as Canada’s most accessible university, Carleton University is launching the Canadian Accessibility Network – the first entity of its kind in the country. The announcement follows the historic passage of the federal government’s Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act. The bill sets groundbreaking accessibility... More
Friday, June 14, 2019
Yazmine Laroche Receives Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University
Carleton University today conferred an honorary degree on Yazmine Laroche in recognition of her distinguished career in the federal public service and, in particular, her significant contribution to greatly improved accessibility for all Canadians. Laroche was honoured with a Doctor of Laws during Carleton’s Spring Convocation, where more than 4,800... More
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Laurie Beachell Receives Honorary Degree from Carleton University
Carleton University today conferred a Doctor of Laws on Laurie Beachell in recognition of his transformative leadership in advancing the equality rights of Canadians with disabilities. Beachell was honoured during Carleton’s Spring Convocation, where more than 4,800 students are receiving degrees over five days. In his address, Beachell relayed two... More
Monday, June 3, 2019
Carleton Students Design Accessible Seating for Canada Science and Technology Museum
Accessible seating designed by Carleton University’s Industrial Design students has been installed at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Prof. Chantal Trudel’s fourth-year class took on the project and conducted a lot of research. “The students did background research on accessibility standards and guidelines, worked at various stages at the... More
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