Students with Disabilities

Learning Accommodation Services

Through Learning Accommodation Services (LAS), Concordia 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 LAS 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 LAS 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 LAS 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 LAS

1. Request services early

As soon as you consider attending Concordia, and definitely as soon as you apply for admission, contact the LAS Advisor, Melanie Peck 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 documention 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If you need to obtain the required documentation (your documentation is outdated or doesn't meet the requirements), immediately contact the LAS Advisor who will provide information on arranging the appropriate assessments.

  
 3. Assessment for LAS eligibility by Concordia's Registered Psychologist

 Concordia'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 (ISP)

 After assessment, the LAS Advisor will contact eligible students to complete their annual Individual Service Plan (ISP). This is the contract agreement between Concordia and students who use accommodations services. All students accessing LAS are required to complete an ISP 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 ISP, the LAS Advisor will advise students which recommended supports require application for government grants for students with disabilities. The LAS 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 LAS Advisor, Melanie Peck at studentlife@concordia.ab.ca.

For information on Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, for students with developmental disabilities, please contact Chinelo Nwankwo Coordinator, at chinelo.nwankwo@concordia.ab.ca.

 

 

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