We consider the following when determining resources and accommodations:
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:
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.
Recommended classroom accommodations and services may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
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:
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.
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.
To book an appointment with an Accessibility Consultant, click here.
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.
To order your textbooks in Alternate Format, click on Order AFT and complete a form for each textbook.
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.
The Counselling and Career Centre is available free of charge for confidential counselling to help you manage stress or other mental health issues. You can also talk about careers or develop your resume.
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 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.
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