The Low-Sensory Orientation is designed to help students with ASD, anxiety disorders or acquired brain injuries feel comfortable within the Carleton community. Between five and seven  mentors (current Carleton students with low-sensory accommodations) assist with registration and an interactive information session as well as accompany participants on a tour around campus. Mentors can also participate in a Student Success Panel, sharing tips for success at post-secondary. A preparatory training afternoon is mandatory.

The ideal candidate wants to develop and use their communication and interpersonal skills in a professional setting, with patience and empathy.

NOTE: this opportunity is only open to those students who have been diagnosed with ASD, anxiety disorders or acquired brain injuries and hold second (2nd) year standing, or higher.

Required Skills:

  • 2nd year standing or higher
  • You have been diagnosed with a low-sensory disability
  • You have a strong understanding of the nature and impact of your disability
  • You are a diligent, serious student who has developed personalized compensatory strategies (memory, reading, time management)
  • You are patient and empathetic while working with others
  • You are willing to disclose information regarding the nature and impact of your disability to your peers.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Develop and use communication and interpersonal skills in a professional setting
  • Opportunity to demonstrate skills in working effectively as part of a collaborative team
  • Gain a better understanding of low-sensory diagnoses, the role of accommodations and compensatory strategies
  • Expand knowledge of Carleton University and community services and supports available

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Excellent addition to résumé; letter of reference available upon request
  • Personal satisfaction of helping others make a successful transition to post-secondary
  • Recognition of volunteer time on your transcript through the Carleton Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Time Commitment:: 1 hour training (TBA) + 1 day event.