University of Ottawa student receives accessibility award

University of Ottawa student Elsa Lalonde was awarded the Dr. John Davis Burton award on Oct. 26 for her contributions to accessibility. The award was endowed in Burton’s memory in 1992 by his family, students, and friends as he was a champion and advocate for persons with disabilities, according to Carleton’s website. Burton taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and co-ordinated programs and services for deaf students as well as students with learning disabilities, at Algonquin College and Carleton University, according to the press release. The award is given to students from Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale, and the University of Ottawa for their work on accessibility, and requires an application. “I was very […]

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Ablution rooms renovations finish behind schedule

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) recently completed renovations on the ablution rooms at Carleton, which serve students who need to wash themselves before praying. A previous article in The Charlatan reported that renovations were scheduled to be completed in April 2017, but they ended up being extended through the entire summer. The room officially re-opened during the first week of classes, according to CUSA president Zameer Masjedee. Both the male and female ablution rooms are located on the second floor of the University Centre, down the hall from the Multi-Faith Centre’s prayer room. While the men’s room is a separate space, the women’s ablution room is located within a washroom. Biftu Hulo, president of the Carleton University Muslim Students’ Association (CUMSA), said she’s […]

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Editorial: Accessible religious spaces on campus are key

Renovations to the ablutions room—a space used by students to wash themselves before prayer—on the second floor of the University Centre began over a year ago in order to upgrade both the men’s and women’s facilities and to make them more accessible. With many students from various religions, it’s important that spaces available on Carleton’s campus for prayer are accessible and clean. But, despite plans to include four accessible foot baths in the men’s ablution room, none were planned to be installed in the women’s ablution room (which is actually located inside a washroom on the second floor). Back in March, then-Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab told The Charlatan that the changes would  make “the men and […]

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Carleton ahead of the curve in accessibility

With the start of the school year approaching, Carleton has been hard at work making the campus more accessible for students. Carleton currently has many features that help make the campus more accessible, according to Matthew Cole, executive director of the university’s attendant services program. According to Cole, red stripes across the sidewalks near main roads help those with low vision navigate the campus. Doors across campus come equipped with proximity readers and can automatically open to students. A new ramp coming from Residence Commons makes the neighbouring quad easier to navigate for those with mobility issues. Cole added that a lot of work goes into designing signage on campus so that information can be accessed by those with low […]

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Editorial: After earning renown, Carleton can still improve

Since its founding in 1942, Carleton University has come a long way. With over 24,000 full and part-time students, and more than 875 staff, the university has become nationally renowned for programs in journalism, public affairs, and high technology. Although Carleton has been a role model in the academic sphere, it still has a long way to go regarding accessibility and student policies. Everyone has felt despair when the O-train is out of service or when the stairs to Tory quad are treacherously coated with ice. Not to mention, Carleton’s sidewalks have been seriously neglected, making navigating campus extremely difficult for students and professors requiring higher accessibility. With all the political push this year to change our sexual violence policy […]

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