Academic Success

Student Accessibility Services

Office Hours

Notre Dame Campus (D102): Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm
Exchange District Campus (P210): Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm

We offer supports to students in person, virtually (Teams/Webex) and by telephone.

To learn about Student Accessibility Services, review our information video.

Do you want to know how to register with us?  Review the How To Register video

Are you a returning student who needs a reminder about SAS processes?  Review the SAS Returning Students video for a refresher.

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to providing persons with documented disabilities fair and equal access to educational programs, services and facilities. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) plays a key role in this commitment by arranging accommodations and supports for students with disabilities. We work collaboratively with students, faculty and support staff to ensure all students can have an equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals.

These services are available to students with all types of permanent and temporary disabilities including physical, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities as well as persons with medical conditions or mental health disabilities.

Note: SAS uses the term “disability” to be consistent with the Manitoba Human Rights Code, which is the foundation of the work we do in SAS. We understand and respect that some students registered with SAS do not identify with this label.

Who We Are

Within SAS we have accessibility specialists and an assistive technologist, as well as a specialized unit for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing called Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, or DHHS. We work with current students at all RRC Polytech campuses, as well as distance education students.

Each year SAS works with hundreds of students, including students with medical conditions, physical disabilities, mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. We work with students who are Deaf or hard of hearing and who are blind or partially sighted. We also work with students with “temporary” conditions such as broken arms or concussions.

Our Services

Accessibility specialists and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services manager work with students to develop accommodation plans based on the individual needs of each student. These plans are designed to provide equal access to education and reduce barriers to learning. Accommodations do not provide an unfair advantage over other students. Rather, they are designed to level the playing field for students with disabilities.

We provide a variety of classroom, lab, exam and work-integrated learning accommodations such as: extended time for exams, audio recording of class lectures, course material in an electronic format, text-to-speech reading software and ASL-English interpreting.

SAS staff may also arrange for additional supports to help increase academic success. We can connect you with tutors, academic coaches, assistive technology training, personal counselling, and Indigenous supports. We can also assist you with applications for disability-related funding.


We greatly respect your right to privacy, especially the information you share about your disability. Safeguarding the privacy of your personal information is an ethical obligation to you that all members of our department take very seriously. We also believe you should fully understand the limits of confidentiality in order for you to make an informed decision regarding what you disclose. In your first meeting with SAS, confidentiality will be explained to you and we will ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement.