Academic Success

Student Accessibility Services

New SAS Students

We have hundreds of students register with us each term with visible, invisible, and temporary disabilities. The first step to accessing our services is to book an appointment with us to have a discussion.

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Registration Process

To learn more about registration requirements and processes, please watch the video and explore the options below:

How to Register with Student Accessibility Services

Watch the “How to Register with SAS” video to learn how to register with SAS.

If you are a current RRC Polytech student with a diagnosed disability and would like to receive accommodations, you need to follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Complete the SAS online registration form
  2. Submit your medical documentation to our office.

    You must provide current medical documentation from a healthcare professional, like your family doctor, that confirms a permanent or temporary disability. The document also needs to explain how the disability related symptoms/functional limitations impact your learning and performance in a college setting. Depending on the type of disability, we have specific forms on our website for your healthcare provider to fill out. Please refer to our documentation guidelines for more information.

    If you believe you need accommodations but do not have documentation, please complete our registration form. Our Accessibility Specialists or Deaf and hard of hearing manager can meet with you for a brief information session to help guide you through the process of getting documentation and may also suggest other supports.
  3. Meet with your Accessibility Specialist to develop your accommodation plan and discuss other supports and services at RRC Polytech.

Once you are registered with SAS, your Accessibility Specialist will work with you to develop an accommodation plan tailored to your needs and may refer you to other RRC Polytech services to help enhance your academic success. This plan will be based on your medical documentation, your lived experience, the types of courses you are taking and how your condition impacts learning. Accessibility Specialists are also available to meet with you regularly to monitor the effectiveness of your plan.

Plan Ahead

We recommend that you register with SAS well in advance of the start of your courses to ensure there is enough time to arrange accommodations. Students requesting Deaf and hard of hearing services are encouraged to book an appointment at least four months before the start of their study period.

Your Responsibilities

As an adult learner in college, you are responsible for all aspects of your education including academic accommodations. It is your responsibility to follow all SAS processes to receive accommodations and to work directly with your Accessibility Specialist for all accessibility-related needs. We encourage you to meet with your Accessibility Specialist at any point if you are having difficulties in your courses or you would like to adjust your accommodation plan. Accessibility Specialists rarely communicate with a family member, this would only occur with your written permission.

Privacy and Confidentiality

When you register with SAS, you will provide us with personal information. Your privacy is our top priority. Everything you share with us remains confidential and secure, especially your personal and medical information. To arrange your accommodations, we need your permission to inform your instructors and other support services you will use. We will never share personal or medical information without your permission.

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.

Academic Accommodation Plans

Student Accessibility Services works together with students with disabilities and their academic programs to develop and facilitate individualized, reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The development of accommodation plans is based on medical documentation and student self-report. Program course objectives and learning outcomes are also considered when developing accommodation plans. Where applicable, accommodation plans will be developed for the following environments:

  • Classroom (both on-campus and virtual)
  • Lab
  • Work-integrated learning activities (practicums, clinical rotations, co-ops)
  • Test/Exam (both on-campus and virtual)
    • Exam Accommodations provide students, with documented disabilities, the opportunity to accurately demonstrate how well they have mastered course material by removing disability-related obstacles to performance.

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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