1. McIntyre Exam Centre (MEC)
  2. Library Accessibility Services
  3. Accessible Career Transitions (ACT)
  4. Attendant Services
  5. FITA
  6. The Accessibility Institute (previously READ)

McIntyre Exam Centre (MEC)

The McIntyre Exam Centre (MEC), a division within Scheduling & Examination Services, provides a range of in-person and online exam services to help course instructors with the accommodation of students registered with the PMC and Equity Inclusive Communities (EIC). MEC offers a range of exam accommodation services for in-person and online tests and exams such as extended time, computers equipped with various assistive technology, or a quiet testing environment. MEC operates two primary exam sites: 133 Nideyinàn (formerly University Centre) and 710 Dunton Tower.

Library Accessibility Services

The MacOdrum Library is committed to providing inclusive and equitable access to library resources, services, and study spaces, in support of the academic and research endeavors of the Carleton community. Through Library Accessibility Services, the library offers a diverse range of services for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities, including:

Accessible Career Transitions (ACT)

Career Services offers specialized programming for students and alumni who identify as having a disability and for employers who want to hire more inclusively through Accessible Career Transitions (ACT). ACT provides two types of services:

  • ACT Advising includes individualized and ongoing career management support for current students and alumni who identify as having a disability.
  • ACT To Employ helps facilitate meaningful employment opportunities for Carleton students with disabilities. The main objective is to support students in the transition to employment by connecting them with quality hands-on work experience while supporting employers in creating open, welcome, and diverse workplaces. Simultaneously, we provide end-to-end support to employers through the recruitment process and during work terms.

Interested students can register using the ACT Form. If you have any questions, contact the ACT Team at act@carleton.ca

Attendant Services

Ottawa’s Algonquin College and Carleton University offer attendant and personal care services, 24-hours per day, 12 months of the year at no cost to students with physical disabilities living in residence.

The Program receives funding from The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Champlain Region Local Health Integrated Network.

Students with varying levels of disability are able to live and study on campus with the assistance of attendants who will assist them with activities of daily living such as rising and retiring, toileting, personal hygiene, and dressing.

Attendants also assist with tasks such as laundry, light housekeeping, setting up books and computers, and eating in the cafeteria. Students live in specially designed suites which complement the very accessible nature of the campuses.

Attendants are available by calling the program cellular phone and will provide assistance, in most instances, within ten minutes of receiving the call. Morning routines are scheduled and coordinated with class schedules to ensure that students with disabilities can get to class on time. All other services do not need to be scheduled so that students have as much flexibility as possible.

Attendants are fellow students who receive extensive training and follow a code of conduct that outlines expectations and acceptable behaviour in accordance with the goals and philosophy of the program. The attendants are hired by a panel that includes students with disabilities who are clients of the program. Academic accommodations are also available from the Centres for students with disabilities on both campuses.

For more information, visit the Attendant Services webpage.


The From Intention to Action (FITA) program supports undergraduate and graduate students in the often stressful university experience. We help students to better manage stress and improve their academic performance, by navigating the personal stressors that can often get in the way of school. FIT: Action students meet 1-on-1 with a Coordinator for 1 hour every week for 12 consecutive weeks. Coordinators are staff members or Master’s-level interns trained in counselling and psychotherapy.

Often students feel overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to go. The most common ways FITA is able to help are: supportive counselling, stress management, coping skills, time management, and learning strategies.

The Accessibility Institute (previously READ)

Accessibility Institute continues Carleton University’s commitment to advancing accessibility across disciplines and sectors toward a world that is fully inclusive and accessible for all, starting with people with disabilities.

We bring together expertise, resources, and leadership into collaborations with individuals and organizations on initiatives that span across key areas of societal impact, in education, research, employment, policy, technology, services, and community engagement.