Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services is committed to ensuring that equal access for students with disabilities is provided at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The Accessibility Counsellors take pride in offering excellent services and supports. We are availble to help you from a distance.

Please register with Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Students with disabilities together with their Accessibility Counsellor work to identify the best solution for academic success. Accessibility Services looks forward to working with you to achieve your academic goals. 

Accessibility Accommodations

Whether you are a student who is accessing online or in-person courses, there is a broad range of supports including academic accommodations and assistive technology training available.

Sask Polytech Accessibility Services include:

As part of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Education Equity initiative, a percentage of seats in each certificate and diploma program are available to persons with disabilities.

While the definition of a reasonable accommodation is much larger, in this context a reasonable accommodation is intended to remove barriers resulting from a disability. Reasonable accommodations and services may include:

  • Extra time, quiet or private space for exams
  • A reader and/or scribe for exams
  • Reduced course load
  • Peer note-taker
  • Alternate-format course materials
  • Assistive technology
  • Adaptive technologies
  • Tutoring

Reasonable accommodations are provided to students with disabilities. Accommodation does not require Saskatchewan Polytechnic to lower its academic standards or to relieve the student of the responsibility to develop the skills and competencies expected of all students. For more about reasonable accommodations, see Saskatchewan Polytechnic policy: Reasonable Accommodation (pdf).

 

The Direct Student Access Fund provides last-resort funding for students with a disability at Saskatchewan Polytechnic to obtain required accommodations. Requests for such funding should be made through Accessibility Services.

Qualified applicants with disabilities may be entitled to educational loans and grants.

For those who are eligible for a student loan, these grants may cover special learning support costs:

  • The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities.
  • Saskatchewan Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities
  • Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

To be eligible, documented assessment and diagnosis are required prior to accessing loans or grants.

If you are a student living with a disability, about to begin your post-secondary studies at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Easy Start Transition Workshop will provide a head start towards your success.

Check out the Easy Start Transition Workshop event page for more details.

More information about Accessibility Services

A permanent or ongoing condition that might interfere with successful studies such as:
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Hearing impairment
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Psychiatric or mental health disability
  • Physical/medical disability (including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, brain injury and chronic health conditions)
  • Temporary disability
  • Visual impairment

Saskatchewan Polytechnic accepts the Human Rights definition of disability, refer to the Sask Human Rights Code, Section 2 (d.1) (pdf)

Documentation is important for your assessment. Complete the Accessibility Services intake form (pdf) and request for verification of a permanent disability form (pdf) and collect required documentation specific to your disability.

Connect with your course instructor, as he or she may give you feedback and suggestions to improve your academic performance.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic main campuses have a Learning Services Department that offers assistance to students in study skills, test taking, essay writing, math and science.

If you are a high school student, applying to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program and you suspect that you may have a learning disability, contact your school guidance counsellor or principal about the possibility of obtaining an assessment.

If you are an adult who is applying to attend a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program, contact one of the following:

  1. Saskatchewan College of Psychologists
  2. Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan
  3. Counselling Assessment Intervention & Research Services

If you are obtaining an assessment from the above agencies, there may be a fee.

If you are already enrolled in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program, please make an appointment to see a Accessibility Services counsellor to discuss the possibility of completing an assessment.

Several community agencies provide advocacy, funding and other support services to individuals with disabilities. Agencies include:

  • CanSask Career and Employment Services
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Acquired Brain Injury Association
  • Saskatchewan Association of Community Living
  • Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
  • Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
  • Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan
  • The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

To ensure you receive the maximum support available and allow for time to explore funding options, it is recommended that you make contact with the agency relating to your disability prior to applying to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

This depends on your training area. Each profession sets out the requirements to become licensed or certified for employment. Typically an individual needs to apply to the governing agency at least 60 to 90 days in advance of the certification exam in order to request an accommodation.

CSMLS governs the standards for medical lab professionals, etc.

Apprentices must contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Commission to apply for accommodations on journeyperson exams.

Initially you should contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission to provide them with documentation verifying your disability and your need for accommodations.

Next, contact the Accessibility Services counsellor at the campus where you are training. The counsellor requires either a copy of your disability documentation or an Accommodation Authorization from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission to assist in making arrangements for the appropriate accommodations.

If you suspect a learning disability while involved in your apprenticeship training, but do not have any documentation verifying this, you can contact the Accessibility Services counsellor at your campus for screening and possible access to accommodations during your present level of training.

In order to access accommodations during your next level of training, you must agree to have an assessment to verify a disability conducted by the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission assessor.

The Government of Saskatchewan Student Financial Assistance Branch provides information to complete a Saskatchewan Student Loan application at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/student-loans.

If you need specific assistance in completing the necessary documentation, you may want to contact the advocacy agency specific to your disability.

Students with disabilities may apply for any scholarship or bursary available to all students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

You would need to discuss potential attendance problems due to a disability with your program head at the start of your program. Attendance is considered a course requirement and is tracked by instructors in many programs. Class attendance that falls below 90% may put you in jeopardy of being discontinued from the program. Advance alerts provided by you to instructors and program heads, as well as medical documentation for absences, may be required. If you are aware that a planned surgery may interfere with attendance, please discuss this with your program head ahead of time. As Saskatchewan Polytechnic courses are only offered at specific times of the year, extended absences due to illness or surgery may require returning the following year to continue in your particular program of studies. Good attendance and punctuality are expected of all students.

 

Assistive Technology

Having trouble with your Assistive Technology (Kurzweil, Recording Pen, C-Pen)? Please contact:

Moose Jaw and Regina
Heath Galenzoski
(306) 775-7436

Prince Albert and Saskatoon
Karen Loch (306) 659-4050

Contact Information