Date: Friday, August 31, 2018
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Location:  2220 Richcraft Hall

Welcome! The PMC Fall Orientation is your first step to your transition to Carleton. As a new student you will be faced with unfamiliar situations, new challenges and exciting opportunities during your first year of university. Come learn how to juggle academics, priorities and uncertainty. Become acquainted with staff and students who will guide you during the orientation event and beyond. Start building your support network and feel connected! Please join us at the PMC Fall Orientation on Friday, September 1 and take the first step to begin your university transition!

See also, Orientation for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Get the FACTS) which precedes this event.

At the PMC Fall Orientation you will:

  • Meet fellow first-year students, friendly PMC staff, and inspiring student ambassadors
  • Attend an information session to learn about how to access PMC services
  • Hear success stories from upper-year students and learn about challenges you may face in university
  • Participate on a tour of PMC and affiliated services for students with disabilities


12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Icebreaker: Pizza lunch, prizes, icebreaker, and mini fair of support services on campus.

1:00 – 1:30 Welcome & Paul Menton Centre 101 Session: Come learn about the accommodation process for test and exams, learning services and how to plan a successful transition to university.

1:30 – 2:15 Student Panel: Panelists will share their experience about university life, how to prepare for academic demands and give strategies that have been helpful during their studies.

2:15 – 3:00 Tours of Disability Services: Visit the following services: Paul Menton Centre, PMC Learning Lab, New Sun Joy MacLaren Centre, McIntyre Exam Centre, and the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre.

What to Expect

Lunch and Refreshments: 
Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be provided at noon. This is an opportunity to mingle with staff, fellow students and PMC student ambassadors. There will be prizes and giveaways during lunch as well as a mini fair of important student support services on campus. See below for information on food allergies.*

Paul Menton Centre 101 Session:
What is the process for arranging academic accommodations at Carleton?  When do I talk to my professors about my accommodation needs?  What services are available to support my transition and learning?  How can I feel connected with the campus community and participate in volunteer opportunities while attending Carleton? Presented by PMC staff, this 30-minute session will give answers to all these questions and much more!

Student Panel
Returning students will be sharing their personal story about their first year at Carleton. Learn about their successes and the challenges they faced during their transition to university. They will give you tips on how to get involved and feel connected with peers, what strategies and student services can help you in your first year and how to communicate and advocate for your disability-related needs.

PMC Staff will guide you on a tour of the PMC Learning Lab, the McIntyre Exam Centre, the New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre and Transcription Services. Meet the coordinators of each centre and learn about how to access their services. Ask questions and get a ballot to win prizes.

*Guests with Food Allergies
The catering services have indicated that no guarantee can be provided that the food served will not contain or will not have come in contact with items such as nuts that may cause allergic reactions. Therefore, we request that guests with food allergies bring their own food and take their usual precautions with respect to their food allergies.

Contact Jocelyn van Wynsberghe at or call 613-520-6608 if you have any questions.

Register for PMC Fall Orientation 2018

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  • The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities is collecting this information for the express purpose of operating INTRO, the fall orientation program for students with disabilities. In compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, section 41, the information will only be used for the this purpose. Use of your information will be discontinued at any time at your request. For more information please contact