Navigating university life while deaf

Everyone knows how it feels to start at the bottom of a new institution, especially in university. You’re often far away from home, feeling homesick in a new surrounding. That is until you finally meet someone who you share things in common with. Josh Gomes, a first-year sustainable and renewable energy engineering student, said he learned he wasn’t alone when he first met two other deaf students at Carleton in September. Before coming to Carleton, Gomes lived in Cambridge, Ont., where he said he pushed himself to break the stigmas attached to deafness. “I always try to prove people that [deaf and dumb] is not true,” he said. Gomes has worn hearing aids in both ears since he was diagnosed […]

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind seeks Carleton students

The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind are seeking volunteers to train future guide dogs, and are looking specifically for students at Carleton. Volunteers train dogs, eight to 16 weeks of age, for 12 to 18 months. From there, the dogs go into formal training with Canadian Guide Dogs staff. “Right now, we have more puppies than volunteers so we are in a bit of a desperation stage at the moment,” Steven Doucette, the organization’s events and guider coordinator, said. According to Doucette, there are usually 60 to 80 volunteers a year, but fewer in the middle of winter and summer. Volunteers spend the majority of their time with the puppies. For students, this includes taking them to class and […]

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Carleton remembers Janice Elliott

Janice Elliott, a longtime employee at Carleton, passed away on the morning of Sept. 9 after a battle with cancer. For 27 years, Elliott was a strong presence on the Carleton campus. As shown in the memorial guest book at the Paul Menton Centre (PMC), visitors referred to her “positive attitude” and “beautiful spirit.” Others make mention of her special laugh—a laugh that could be heard throughout the building, according to PMC director Larry McCloskey. Bruce Hamm, the student services administrator at the PMC, said throughout her career at both Health and Counselling Services and the PMC, Elliott was always available for a conversation. “Students would come to the PMC just to spend time with Janice—to share a laugh or […]

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Maintaining mental health at Carleton

First year is one of the most exciting and stressful times of a university student”s life. Students are under pressure to do well in school while maintaining a social life, participating in clubs, and holding a part-time job, all while getting used to university. It is by no means an easy feat for even the most well-adjusted student. That”s where Carleton”s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) comes in. According to Bruce Hamm, PMC”s student services administrator, the centre is responsible for co-ordinating academic accommodations and support services for students with disabilities, as well as providing mentors to students who request them. “We evaluate accommodation requests on an individual basis while maintaining academic standards. We liaise with faculty […]

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