Supporting students, staff and faculty with disability-related services and service delivery at Carleton University is a responsibility shared among various programs, departments and organizations on and off campus.

Programs, Departments and Organizations

Academic Accommodations Appeal Committee: a four-member committee that decides appeals on academic accommodations for students with disabilities; elected by the Senate.

Accessible Career Transitions (ACT): service program through Career Services that offers individualized job search support and career advising for students and alumni who identify as having a disability.

ACT to Employ: career support program that helps students with disabilities find campus-based paid experiential learning opportunities that align with their academic and career goals.

Canadian Accessibility Network: a national collaboration to advance accessibility for persons with disabilities through research, design, education, policy, employment and community engagement; under the leadership of the READ Initiative at Carleton University.

Carleton University Disability Research Group: interdisciplinary team that aims to raise awareness about disability and technology through virtual exhibits and multidisciplinary research.

Conference Services: department that coordinates tours, stays and events at Carleton through full-service planning support for individuals or groups on and off campus.

Coordinated Accessibility Strategy (CAS): interdisciplinary team responsible to implement the CAS framework which guides the alignment of accessibility services, programs, and initiatives on campus and inspires a strong campus culture of accessibility and inclusion.

Facilities Management and Planning (FMP): department that provides services related to the construction, operation, cleaning and utilization of the university’s facilities and develops and improves the methods used to meet these needs of the Carleton community.

Office of Quality Initiatives (OQI): department that reviews and prioritizes quality improvement initiatives and oversees collaborations which encourage learning, facilitate engagement and build community.

Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC): department that coordinates academic accommodations and support services for students with disabilities within the centre and throughout campus.

Procurement Services: department that oversees the university’s procurement of goods and services.

Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative: department that brings all academic disciplines and service departments at Carleton into collaboration with individuals and organizations that are committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Researchers in Accessibility: a network of researchers shaping the future of accessibility research, knowledge building and innovation through community and conversation.

Systems and Computer Engineering (SCE): faculty that provides research-intensive undergraduate and graduate opportunities in the disciplines of computer systems engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, communications engineering and biomedical engineering.

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS): department that supports Carleton University’s faculty members, contract instructors, teaching assistants and educational support staff in all facets of teaching and learning.

Web Services: department within Information Technology Services (ITS) that creates templates that are optimized for accessibility as well as lead training and deliver resources to help thousands of content creators on campus build accessible websites.


Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) research: research projects which include the L5 Nepean test track and an earlier EcoDrive Infrastructure to Vehicle (I2V) Connected Vehicle project.

Preparing for Employment – Trends and Best Practices: an environmental scan of trends and best practices in employment preparation programs for students with disabilities at colleges and universities in Canada.

Sensors and Analytics for Monitoring Mobility and Memory (SAM3 hub): two research centres launched by Carleton, Ottawa’s Bruyère Research Institute and the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence which focus on sensor-based smart technologies for mobility and memory challenges faced by older adults; one centre is located at Carleton and the other, at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital.

Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Competition: competition which inspires students to explore interdisciplinary approaches for incorporating accessible, inclusive and human-centered design principles into their research and development of products, information and environments.

TAFETA Smart Systems for Health: a research initiative co-led by Carleton University and the Bruyère Research Institute which develops smart technologies to help older adults age at home, via the Smart Apartment at Ottawa’s Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital.