Tracy MacCharles, minister of Government and Consumer Services and minister responsible for Accessibility, took time Monday to visit Carleton University’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) and meet with Carleton leadership.
“PMC students now actually beat the university’s general population when it comes to seven-year graduation rates,” said Larry McCloskey, director of the PMC. ”We are proud of this accomplishment, yet there is still work to be done. Unemployment rates for those with disabilities is still twice the rate of the general public.”
Carleton has more than 2,800 students registered at the PMC. The university offers students the opportunity to choose an area of study based on their interests without being limited by issues of accessibility. Carleton offers the first and only comprehensive attendant services program fully integrated into residence.
“Carleton continues to be a leader in accessibility,” said President Alastair Summerlee. “We have been providing support and accommodation for students with disabilities since the 1980s. There is always more to do, so each year we expand our services.”
Carleton’s unique service gives students with high-level physical disabilities the opportunity to live in residence and receive the personal support necessary to live and succeed at university. The PMC, now in its 28th year, has industry-leading academic accommodation and support programs for all disabilities, including non-visible disabilities, which account for 90 per cent of the centre’s clients.
Carleton is a leader in research and community engagement on issues of accessibility. Through the READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design), Carleton actively engages in accessibility and inclusion, supporting research across all academic units and collaborating on community initiatives, locally and internationally.
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