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Learning Accommodation Services

Through Learning Accommodation Services, Concordia University of Edmonton provides opportunities for academically qualified persons with documented disabilities to achieve their full potential as individuals and in terms of their educational and career objectives.

The mandate of Learning Accommodation Services is to facilitate the implementation of supports and services that help remove barriers which could otherwise prevent students with disabilities from participating on an equitable basis. Students, instructors and Learning Accommodation Services staff share responsibility for the provision of accommodations. Approved students are required to maintain the essential institutional standards and will be evaluated solely on the basis of their academic performance.

Students requesting access to Learning Accommodation Services may have one or more of the following disability types:

  • Learning
  • Attention deficit
  • Psychiatric
  • Neurological
  • Sensory (vision/hearing related)
  • Mobility
  • Chronic illness
  • Temporary (i.e.injury)

Steps to Accessing Learning Accommodation Services

1. Request services early

As soon as you consider attending Concordia University of Edmonton, and definitely as soon as you apply for admission, contact the Learning Accommodations Services Advisor, Kimberley van Tol at studentlife@concordia.ab.ca, as the process of putting supports in place can take several weeks. It’s important to have your accommodation services in place and working for you on the first day of class.

2. Provide a copy of your current, official documentation from a medical professional (i.e. psychologist, medical doctor, psychiatrist)

The documentation should state the nature and severity of your disability, its functional impact on your learning and recommendations for the supports you require to overcome the challenges it may present in a post-secondary environment. Note: prescription notes are not acceptable.

No more than three years should have passed between the time of assessment and the date of your request for services. (In the case of permanent disabilities, reassessment is required only to reflect changing technology and environments, not to re-diagnose.)

If you need to obtain the required documentation (your documentation is outdated or doesn’t meet the requirements), immediately contact Kimberley van Tol at studentlife@concordia.ab.ca. She will provide information on arranging the appropriate assessments.

3. Assessment for Learning Accommodations Services eligibility by Concordia University of Edmonton’s Registered Psychologist

Concordia University of Edmonton’s psychologist reviews the documentation provided and approves students with disabilities for services based on the recommendations made.

Recommended supports may include:

  • Exam accommodations
  • Note-taking
  • Reduced course-load
  • Alternate format textbooks and printed materials
  • Academic strategist assistance (contract)
  • Tutoring (contract)
  • Adaptive technology
  • Environmental accommodation

4. Complete your Individual Service Plan

After assessment, the Learning Accommodations Services Advisor will contact eligible students to complete their annual Individual Service Plan. This is the contract agreement between Concordia University of Edmonton and students who use accommodations services. All students accessing Learning Accommodations Services are required to complete an Individual Service Plan each new academic year. This document may also become part of a disability grant funding application.

5. Apply for disability grant funding (if necessary)

Following the completion of the Individual Service Plan, the Learning Accommodations Services Advisor will advise students which recommended supports require application for government grants for students with disabilities. The Learning Accommodations Services Advisor will help facilitate this application process with the student. Visit www.studentaid.alberta.ca for information on available disability grants through student loan applications (select Applications and Forms, bottom right, then click on Schedule 4).

For more information about applying for and implementing disability services please contact the Learning Accommodations Services Advisor, Kimberley van Tol at studentlife@concordia.ab.ca.

For information on Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, for students with developmental disabilities, please contact Jaime Skidmore, Coordinator, at jaime.skidmore@concordia.ab.ca.