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Accessibility Services

Advocating for an accessible learning environment for all students at Red Deer College.

Parent and Guardian Information

While Accessibility Services appreciates the support and concern that parents and guardians show for students, we remind parents and guardians that college is a time for students to foster independence.

Parents and Guardians are reminded that:

  • Students over 18 years of age are adults and thus are responsible for setting up their own accommodations with Accessibility Services. 
  • Accessibility Coordinators cannot speak to parents or guardians about a student without written consent from the student. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act guides RDC's confidentiality and consent policies.
  • Parents and guardians can advocate on behalf of the student and assist students in obtaining documentation, but ultimately it is the student's decision to register with our department and to obtain their recommended accommodations.   

Roles and Responsibilities

Student’s Role

  • Disclose disability to Accessibility Services - It is up to the student whether or not they would like a parent or guardian to attend their intake appointment
  • Provide documentation to Accessibility Services
  • Follow procedures and deadlines for accommodations
  • The student is responsible for meeting with the coordinator at the beginning of each semester to discuss accommodations for the upcoming semester and to complete the Resources and Accommodations Agreement
  • Meeting with the coordinator to discuss any concerns or changes to their needs
  • Meet with Accessibility Services in a timely manner to ensure that accommodations can be arranged prior to classes and/or examinations

Parent’s or Guardian's Role

  • Assist student with articulating strengths and abilities
  • Encourage the student to connect with Accessibility Services
  • Encourage the student to participate in on-campus activities
  • Promote independence and decision making
  • Assist with the preparation and gathering of documentation 
  • Assist with financial planning
  • Provide support and encouragement throughout your student’s studies

Accessibility Services' Role

  • Meet with students to arrange accommodations and support them during their transition to RDC
  • Review documentation and assist students in obtaining additional accommodation, if required
  • Discuss funding options with students and make students aware of grants available to them during their studies
  • Collaborate with students to create appropriate accommodations
  • Assess students for assistive/adaptive technology needs
  • Assist students with obtaining and understanding any assistive technology required
  • Provide alternative format materials, when applicable

Transition Planning Guide

Alberta Advanced Education's Transition Guide offers grade 9 to 12 students and their parents information and ideas for planning the transition from secondary to post-secondary school.