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Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC)

Founded in 1988, the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) is funded by the Carleton University Students’ Association, as a service and resource centre for students with disabilities. CDAC has two part-time coordinators who are paid a stipend by the students’ association. Several volunteers work at the Centre, and participate in its many activities. The Centre encourages students to identify themselves as people with disabilities and promotes a philosophy that, “there is something valuable to be gained from having a disability.” CDAC approaches disability from the consumer perspective, saying structural and socio-economic changes in society are needed to deal with disability; not, as the traditional approach argues, that cures are the solution. The primary objective, therefore, is to promote awareness of structural and systemic barriers faced by people with disabilities, both on the campus and in society at large.

Carleton Disability Awareness Centre
426 Unicentre Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Phone: (613) 520-6618
TTY: (613) 520-7877
Fax: (613) 520-3704
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