How are resources and accommodations determined, for students registered with Accessibility Services?
When you register with Accessibility Services, we consider the following to determine appropriate resources and accommodations:
- The impact of your disability on your learning
- The recommendations indicated in your documentation
- Your previous academic accommodations
- How to maximize your independence and participation
- Your specific course requirements (e.g. lab, field trip, practicum)
- Your safety and the safety of others
- How your requested accommodations impact you, your instructors, other students, and Red Deer Polytechnic in general
Types of Resources and Accommodations
Duty to Accommodate
Red Deer Polytechnic has a legal obligation to ensure that students with documented disabilities have equal access to post-secondary education through accommodations. Accommodation is the process of making alterations to the delivery of services so that those services become accessible to more people, including persons with disabilities.
Accommodations and resources are determined on an individual basis and are designed to provide students with equal access to the educational process by reducing barriers.
Accommodations do not:
- require that post-secondary institutions lower academic or non-academic standards to accommodate students with disabilities.
- relieve the student of the responsibility to develop the essential skills and competencies expected of all students.
Red Deer Polytechnic's policy on Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Alberta Human Rights Commission's bulletin on the Duty to Accommodate students with disabilities in post-secondary education institutions