CUSA to crowdfund for accessible housing

For most Carleton students, moving off campus boils down to finding a place to live that is well-priced and within a reasonable distance from the university. But for students with disabilities, this process can be much more difficult, if not impossible. That’s why the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is planning to start a crowdfunding campaign to support students with disabilities who face elevated living expenses. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said limitations on accessible housing are so severe that many students with disabilities have no choice but to live on campus. “Because there just isn’t accessible housing in the community . . . once students are accepted to Carleton residence in an accessible room with attendant services and everything, they’re […]

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CUSA service centres celebrate intersectionality

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), along with several of its service centres, such as the Womyn’s Centre, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC), and the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC), are hosting a series of events on campus to promote intersectionality from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Harar Hall, a co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre described “intersectionality” in an email. “Very simplistically, it’s the understanding that people are complex and layered. It is recognition that the layer of people’s identity (gender, sexuality, race, class, ability etc.) impact the way we see the world but also the way that the world sees, treats, and gives opportunities to us.” Hall said there are four events being hosted throughout the week, such […]

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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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