Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
Time: 11:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  2220 Richcraft Hall


The PMC Fall Orientation is the first step in your transition to Carleton University. Our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible. As a new student you will face unfamiliar situations, new challenges, and exciting opportunities during your first year.

Over lunch, learn about the different PMC services; gain insight into how to juggle academics, priorities, and uncertainty; meet the staff and students who will guide you during the orientation event and beyond; and start building your support network and getting connected.


11:30 – 12:00 Orientation Registration

12:00 – 2:30 Lunch and Icebreaker: Wraps & veggies, prizes, icebreaker, and mini fair of support services on campus.

12:30 – 1:15 Welcome and Paul Menton Centre 101 Session: Learn about the accommodation process for test and exams, learning services and how to plan a successful transition to university.

1:15 – 1:45 What to Expect in a University Classroom:  Hear from a Professor about the structure of the classroom, how information is provided to students, and how to navigate a course syllabus.

1:45 – 1:55 Break: Light refreshments will be available.

1:55 – 2:20 Pathways to Employment: Yvonne Collins will provide an introduction into the experiential learning opportunities that can help students gain skills outside the classroom to prepare for a future career.

2:20 – 3:00 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.

3:00 – 3:15 Reflection Activity: Use an online polling system to jot down the points from each session that provided some insight on what is to come at university.

3:15 – 4:00 Tours of Disability Services: Tour the campus and visit the PMC and its affiliated service offices for students with disabilities. These offices include:

  • Paul Menton Centre (PMC)
  • PMC Learning Lab
  • New Sun Joy MacLaren Centre (JMC)
  • McIntyre Exam Centre (MEC)
  • Learning Support Services (LSS)

What to Expect

Lunch and Refreshments: 

Light refreshments and lunch of wraps and veggies 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 in addition to a mini fair of important student support services on campus.

See below for information on food allergies.*

Paul Menton Centre 101 Session:

Presented by PMC staff, this 30-minute session will give answers to all these questions and much more!

  • “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?”

What to Expect in a University Classroom:

Topics covered will include:

  • How to prepare for classes, communication with professors/TA’s, course websites, and course syllabus;
  • Academic success: Managing your time and studying
  • Seeking help and making mistakes.

Pathways to Employment:

Pathways to employment are avenues that students follow to reach meaningful employment and careers. Examples include co-ops, internships, summer employment and part-time employment. This session will review these options and suggestions on where, when, and how to access them.

Student Panel:

Returning students, who have been right where you are now, will share their personal stories 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, how to communicate and advocate for your disability-related needs, and what strategies and student services can help you in your first year.

Reflection Activity:

Using an online tool via a smart phone, students will be able to review tips from each session that they found helpful. By providing this valuable feedback we will learn how to best tailor our orientation for future Ravens!


PMC Staff will guide you on a group tour of the PMC Learning Lab, the McIntyre Exam Centre, Learning Support Services, and the New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre and Transcription Services.

You will get to meet the coordinators of each centre and learn how to use their services.

*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.

See also, Orientation for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (PMC Low-Sensory Orientation) which precedes this event.

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

Register for PMC Fall Orientation 2019

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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