CUSA council approves 2017-18 budget

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council passed its 2017-18 budget and voted to link sexual violence prevention training to clubs and societies’ funding for the academic year at an Aug. 31 meeting. Our Turn Carleton, a sexual violence prevention taskforce spearheaded by the Graduate Students’ Association and CUSA, brought the motion to council after a previous motion to tie clubs and societies’ summer funding to sexual violence prevention training passed unanimously at a June 19 meeting. The proposal states that in order for clubs and societies to receive their full annual funding, at least five members of each group must receive training. Groups who do not meet this training requirement would only receive half of their funding after the […]

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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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Renovations aim to update CDAC space

The Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) has breathed new life into its space to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for visitors. A photo of the centre shared on the CDAC’s Facebook page at the end of June announced that updates to the centre were in progress. According to Céline Brown MacDonald, CDAC’s administrative co-ordinator, renovations began in May and included de-cluttering the centre, repainting the walls, and adding a chalkboard wall. Brown MacDonald said in an email that the goal of the renovations is to provide a more accessible space for students with disabilities. “By creating a more open concept, students who use mobile devices (devices that help with mobility) will be able to move around more freely. Adding height […]

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American Horror Story star talks disability awareness

Jamie Brewer, an actress best known for her roles on American Horror Story, came to Carleton on Nov. 25 to deliver a talk about her path through the entertainment industry. Brewer, an actress with Down syndrome, talked about working with her disability and her advocacy work for others with developmental and intellectual disabilities. “Together we can all advocate for a healthier and more inclusive tomorrow,” she told the crowd. She also took questions from the audience and discussed celebrity crushes, future projects, and demonstrated her Wicked Witch of the West impression. Before the talk, Brewer held a meet-and-greet with five winners of a contest put together by the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC). To earn the chance to meet her, entrants […]

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Parasport: Exercise and sport for every body

Parasport is back in the headlines with the 2016 Paralympic Games underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. David Blair, a London 2012 Paralympian and Carleton University graduate, is a visually impaired para-athlete who competed in rowing at the Paralympic level and currently trains for triathlons. He said parasport helped him truly feel a part of something and gave him something to be proud of. “Having the opportunity to be included in a community helped me immensely in performing at a high level in my sport,” Blair said. “Exercise is good for everyone, but for someone with [cerebral palsy] like me, it is vital for keeping mobility and independence up and spasticity at bay.” —Sonja Weilgart-Whitehead fourth-year English student Which sports are […]

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