Where do I go if I am not passing classes and I need help?
Connect with your course instructor, as he or she may give you feedback and suggestions to improve your academic performance.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has Learning Services that offers assistance to students in study skills, test taking, essay writing, math and science, among other course specific assistance.
Who do I contact to have an assessment completed if I suspect I have a learning disability?
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 consultant 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:
- Saskatchewan College of Psychologists
- Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan
- Psychology Association of Saskatchewan
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 Consultant to discuss the possibility of completing an assessment.
What outside supports or services are available for students with disabilities?
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.
Can I get accommodations on licensing/certification exams after I complete my training at Saskatchewan Polytechnic?
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.
For Example: CSMLS governs the standards for medical lab professionals, etc.
If you are unsure about requesting accommodations for licensing/certification exams, please contact your Accessibility Consultant.
Apprentices must contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission to apply for accommodations on journeyperson exams.
If I am an apprentice attending Saskatchewan Polytechnic for only eight weeks, how can I receive accommodations?
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 Consultant at the campus where you are training. The Accessibility Consultant 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 Consultant 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 Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission assessor.
Can I get help applying for a student loan?
The Government of Saskatchewan Student Financial Assistance Branch provides information to complete a Saskatchewan Student Loan application.
If you need specific assistance in completing the necessary documentation, you may want to contact the advocacy agency specific to your disability.
Are there any scholarships/bursaries available to students with disabilities?
Students with disabilities may apply for any scholarship or bursary available to all students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
What happens if I miss a number of classes? Can I be accommodated due to my disability?
You would need to discuss potential attendance problems due to a disability with your Program Head and Accessibility Consultant at the start of your program. Attendance can be considered a course requirement and is tracked by instructors in many programs. Class attendance that falls below program requirements 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. Good attendance and punctuality are expected of all students. For more information, please contact your Accessibility Consultant and review any guidelines provided by your program.
Where do I go if I am an instructor and want to learn more about the accommodation process?
You can access additional information about Accessibility Services and Accommodations through your Faculty handbook or through the Accessibility Services SharePoint page (Sask Polytech login required). You can also speak with an Accessibility Consultant at your campus, contact information is below.