How do I register with Accessibility Services?


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. Bring your documentation

To access accommodations, students must provide medical or psycho-educational assessment documentation from an approved professional, preferably 3 to 4 months prior to your program start date.

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, 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 Accessibility Coordinator

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

4. Sign your Resource & Accommodations Agreement

The Accessibility Coordinator will consider the following when determining resources and accommodations:

  • The impact of your disability on your learning.
  • The recommendations given on your documentation.
  • Previous academic accommodations you have had.
  • Maximizing 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

The Accessibility Coordinator will recommend appropriate classroom, exam, and other accommodations, which will be included in your signed Resource and Accommodations Agreement.

For Trades students, the accommodations you require for your Industry Exam will be requested in a separate form and sent to the Apprenticeship & Industry Training (AIT) Liaison. NOTE: This form will not include details of the nature of your disability.

Once You Have Registered

1. Log into your Access+ account 

Release your Accommodation Letters directly to your instructor(s). Your accommodation letter will not contain information about the nature of your disability; it will contain information about your recommended resources and accommodations.

You can also use your Access+ account to book appointments with Accessibility Services, schedule accommodated tests and exams and request your eligible Alternate Format Text.

2. Connect with your instructor(s) to confirm classroom & exam accommodations

Classroom accommodations cannot be used until the instructor has been notified and has had an opportunity to consider how the accommodations may fit with the design of each class. You must connect with your instructor to discuss your recommended accommodations.

3. Use your academic accommodations and resources

If you require assistive technology, the Accessibility Coordinator will make a referral and assist you in booking an appointment for training and resources.

If you require exam accommodations, you are responsible for booking your exams with Testing Services.

Contact the Accessibility Coordinator if you need to make changes to your recommended accommodations. 

For Trades students, the Apprenticeship & Industry Training (AIT) Liaison will contact you directly to confirm your accommodations approximately one week before the Industry Exam.

  • Last Updated Dec 05, 2021
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