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Disability Resources

Committed to providing an accessible learning environment to all our students.

How resources and accommodations are determined

We consider the following when determining resources and accommodations:

  • The impact of your disability on your learning.
  • The recommendations indicated in 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 College in general.

​​​​Duty to Accommodate

Red Deer College 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 do not:

  1. require that post-secondary institutions lower academic or non-academic standards to accommodate students with disabilities.
  2. relieve the student of the responsibility to develop the essential skills and competencies expected of all students.

Read Red Deer College's policy on Academic Accommodations for students with disabilities.

Read the Alberta Human Rights Commission's bulletin on the Duty to Accommodate students with disabilities in post-secondary education institutions.

Class Accommodations

Recommended classroom accommodations and services may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Preferential seating
  • Accessible and/or ergonomic furniture
  • Sign language interpreter
  • Assistive listening device
  • Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) reporting
  • Lecture recording - a copy of the Lecture Recording Agreement can be found below
  • Access to PowerPoint slides and/or instructor notes
  • Arrangements to access notes when absenteeism is disability-related
  • Laptop to take notes
  • Access to assistive technology (e.g. enlargement hardware)
  • Handouts in an accessible format (e.g. e-text, enlarged, Braille)

Exam Accommodations

Exam accommodations are alterations to exam conditions to ensure that eligible students with accommodations have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the material tested by an exam. Exam accommodations may be required by students whose disabilities or chronic health conditions impact processing and comprehending printed material, written expression, learning, concentration or who require rest periods or specific furniture during test and exams.

Examples of exam accommodations include:

  • Extended time for exams
  • Distraction-reduced environments
  • Breaks during an exam (e.g., washroom, nutrition)
  • Use of adaptive technology or software (e.g. spell checkers, calculators, computers, JAWS, ZoomText, Kurzweil, TextHelp)

Exam accommodations are a shared responsibility and require collaboration between the student, instructor, Testing Services and Disability Resources. Students are responsible for booking accommodated exams within the given time frame indicated to allow time for the appropriate arrangements to be made.

For more information about accommodated tests and exams, please go to the Testing Services website here or contact them at 403.342.3292 or

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is any high-tech or low-tech tool, product or system that helps you improve your ability to do something. It could be, for example, a pen that records audio or a computer program that reads out written words.

  • The Accessibility Consultant can introduce you to recommended technology during your Assistive Technology Assessment or upon referral from a Disability Resources Coordinator.
  • Training is provided in the technology you currently own.
  • We will troubleshoot technology operation problems.
  • Software and specialized equipment can be borrowed from the Library Desk.

To book an appointment with an Accessibility Consultant, click here.

Alternate Format Text Services

Students with print disabilities, such as visual impairments and learning disabilities, may benefit from textbooks and material in an alternate format text (AFT). The main type of AFT accessed is electronic text, which, when used with assistive software, will either enlarge the text or convert the text to audio.

To be eligible for access to AFT, documentation from an appropriate medical professional must include this recommendation. This documentation must be presented to a Disability Resource Coordinator, who will refer the student for training on ordering the AFT and using assistive software.

Please note - to fulfill copyright regulations, the textbook must be purchased before Alternate Format Text is ordered.

Order your Alternate Format textbooks through your Access+ account.

Other RDC Resources for Students

Visit the links below for more information on additional services and resources available to students.

Resources for all RDC Students

Academic Advising can help you make informed decisions about your educational goals. Get information about entering your program, planning your courses, and graduating successfully.

Counselling Services offers free confidential counselling to help you manage stress or other mental health issues.

Please review RDC's Emergency Procedures.

The Health, Safety and Wellness Centre provides health care; health, safety, and wellness information and education; health counselling and referrals; emergency and first aid; and full clinic services.

The Library provides library and computer services. A number of computers have adaptive technology installed; specifically Zoomtext (a magnifying program with voice output), TextHelp Read and Write (a program that has speech output, audio spell-checker and word predication features), and Open Book Unbound. 

Residence at RDC offers a variety of housing options for students including barrier-free accommodations.

The Students' Association provides cultural activities, jobs for students, services for students, a Student Benefit Plan, and volunteer opportunities.

The Student Connect Centre can assist you in making informed decisions about funding your education, including information about student loans, grants, awards, scholarships, and bursaries. Student Funding and Awards also provides additional financial or support services to students such as emergency funding, food vouchers, bus passes, food bank referrals, book deferrals, tuition deferrals, and budgeting information.