Eligibility for Accommodation & Resources

Resources are available to any RDC student who can provide documentation of a disability.

Examples of disabilities include:

  • ADHD
  • Chronic Medical Illnesses
  • Deafness or Hard of Hearing
  • Brain Injuries
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Disabilities
  • Mental Health Disabilities
  • Blindness or Low Vision
  • Temporary disabilities due to accident or illness

We consider the following when determining your resources and accommodations:

  • The impact of your disability on your learning.
  • The recommendations given on your documentation.
  • Previous academic accommodations you have had.
  • Maximizing your independence and participation.
  • Your specific course requirements (e.g. lab, field trip, practicum).
  • Your safety and the safety of others.
  • How your requested accommodations impact you, your instructors, other students, and Red Deer College in general.

Documentation Requirements

In order to be eligible to access accommodations, Disability Resources requires medical or psycho-educational assessment documentation from an approved professional, preferably three months in advance of your program start date.

Documentation should:

  • Be current.
  • Be dated and signed on official letterhead by a professional qualified to make the diagnosis (e.g., a registered psychologist) or be completed on the RDC Request for Medical Documentation Form (available below).
  • Have the diagnosed disability stated clearly and specifically (e.g., DSM code).
  • Describe how the disability and treatment, if applicable, impacts the individual’s functioning in an academic setting.
  • Include specific recommendations for accommodations or resources.

Please note that neither Individualized Program Plans (IPPs) nor documentation on prescription pads are sufficient at the college level. In addition, Disability Resources may request further assessment and/or documentation.  Referrals for psycho-educational assessments can sometimes be arranged.

Please note that any costs incurred to secure the required documentation is the student’s responsibility.



Disability Resources
Room 1006 | Library Information Common | RDC
t:  403.357.3629 | e:  disabilityservices [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca