1. Best Practices
  2. Initiatives
  3. Programs

Although students with disabilities graduate on par with their non-disabled counterparts, their employment success is substantially lower. As part of its commitment to accessibility, Carleton is working to change the trend and dispel negative myths and misconceptions held by employers and educate them about inclusion and accessibility. Leading by example, Carleton hires people with disabilities and is committed to ensuring an accessible and inclusive work environment.

Best Practices

  • 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.
  • Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC): The centre provides advocacy, events and workshops, regarding issues surrounding visible and non-visible disabilities.
  • Accommodation Policy for Employees with Disabilities: The policy outlines Carleton’s commitment to providing employment opportunities to those with disabilities and to accommodate the needs of employees with disabilities.
  • Dispelling myths about disabilities.

Initiatives

Programs

  • Carleton University Accessible Experiential Learning (CUAEL) Project: The 2-year pilot project, which began in September 2017 and was funded by the Ontario government, placed over 200 students with disabilities in employment opportunities on and off campus to provide them with hands-on quality experiences while they obtained their post-secondary degree at Carleton University. About 62 per cent of the placements were at Carleton. In September, 2019, the program transitioned to ACT to Employ, funded by Carleton and focusing mostly on campus employment opportunities.
  • Accessible Career Transition (ACT): Provides one-on-one sessions with a professional career counselor to explore career options and navigate career choices.
  • The David C. Onley Initiative for Employment and Enterprise develops resources and tools to support students with disabilities in their employment readiness and career aspirations.