1. Accessible Career Transitions (ACT)
  2. Attendant Services
  3. David C. Onley Initiative
  4. FITA
  5. READ

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.

David C. Onley Initiative

The David C. Onley Initiative for Employment and Enterprise Development is a partnership between the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, La Cité and Carleton University. Together, we are working to bridge the gap between students with disabilities and employers by building pathways to meaningful employment.


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.


Building on Carleton University’s reputation in supporting persons with disabilities, the READ Initiative endeavors to establish Carleton as a Centre of Excellence in Accessibility, through research and development toward a world that is accessible and inclusive.

READ brings expertise across all academic disciplines and service departments at Carleton into collaboration with individuals and organizations that are committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.