How do I register with Accessibility Services?

Answer

1. Prepare for registration by understanding your eligibility

Red Deer Polytechnic students who have documentation of a permanent or temporary disability, chronic health condition or temporary illness that impacts their functioning in an academic setting may be eligible to receive services.

2. Documentation Requirements 

To access accommodations, students must provide medical documentation or psycho-educational assessment documentation from an approved professional. 

Documentation should:

  • be current;
  • be on official letterhead, dated, and signed by a professional qualified to make the diagnosis (e.g., a registered psychologist) or be completed on the Medical Information Questionnaire (attached below);
  • have the diagnosed disability stated clearly and specifically (e.g., DSM code) or specifically list the barriers and academic impact your disability has on you;
  • describe how the disability and treatment, if applicable, impacts the individual’s functioning in an academic setting; and
  • include specific recommendations for accommodations or resources.

NOTE: Neither Individualized Program Plans (IPPs) nor documentation on prescription pads is sufficient at the post-secondary level. In addition, Accessibility Services may request a further assessment and/or documentation. Referrals for psycho-educational assessments can sometimes be arranged.

If you currently do not have documentation for your disability or barrier to learning, ask your medical doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist (as appropriate) to complete the Medical Information Questionnaire (attached below). 

NOTE: Any costs to secure the required documentation are the student’s responsibility.

3. Book an appointment and meet with an Intake Coordinator

Book an appointment with an Intake Coordinator to discuss accommodations and resources available. This can be a time-consuming process, so contact us 3 to 4 months prior to your program start date.

  • Last Updated Jul 06, 2023
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