Learning Accommodation Services
Learning Accommodations are supports set in place to give students with disabilities equal access to post-secondary learning. 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.
Steps to accessing Learning Accommodation Services
1. Request services early
As soon as you consider attending Concordia University of Edmonton, or at the latest as soon as you are accepted, contact the Learning Accommodations Services Advisor, Pilar Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The process of putting supports in place can take several weeks and it is important to have your accommodation services in place as soon as possible.
2. Provide your information
Provide a copy of your current (no older than 3 years) official documentation from a medical professional (i.e. psychologist, medical doctor, psychiatrist).
The documentation should include:
- A clear diagnosis
- State the nature and severity of your disability and its functional impact on your learning.
- Recommendations for the supports that will help remove the learning barriers caused by your disability. Note: prescription notes are not valid documentation.
If you need to obtain the required documentation because your documentation is outdated or doesn’t meet the requirements for example, immediately contact Pilar Aguilar at email@example.com. She will provide information on arranging the appropriate assessments.
3. Complete your Individual Service Plan
Upon receiving proper documentation, 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.
4. Apply for disability grant funding (if necessary)
Following the completion of the Individual Service Plan, the Learning Accommodations Services Advisor will advise students on how to apply for government grants, and 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).