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Ways We Can Help

We believe that accommodations should be determined based on individual situations and that a particular accommodation is not necessarily useful for every student.

You might need an exam reader, but not a tutor. Someone else might need a tutor, but not a note taker.

Because how we help is based on your needs, you need to speak with an accessibility advisor
 

Start with your campus accessibility advisor

We recommend connecting with your accessibility advisor as soon as you have been accepted to Lakeland College. We'll discuss your eligibility and individual needs.
  • For Vermilion programs, contact Dale at 780 853 8438
  • For Lloydminster programs, contact Adrienne at 780 871 5457
  • For online programs, contact either Dale or Adrienne
Complete contact information is available using the contact tab on the top right.
In-Class Accommodations arrow View
  • Opportunity to audio record lectures
  • Note-taker – refer to fellow student’s notes (photocopy) or receive an electronic copy of instructor’s lecture notes to supplement the student’s own notes
  • Textbooks and / or reference articles in alternate formats (large print, Braille, audio, e-text)
  • Use of assistive listening devices such as an FM system for deaf or hard of hearing student
  • Sign language interpreter or attendant in the classroom
  • Flexibility with assignment deadlines for disability-related issues
Examination Accommodations arrow View
To access exam accommodations, each student must meet with the Accessibility Advisor to discuss individual needs.

Exam accommodations are determined on an individual basis, and may include:

  • Extra time for exams (time and a half is the usual extension)
  • Alternative format of exams (oral, large print, Braille)
  • Access and use of a scribe (person writes everything the student says on the exam)
  • Writing in a separate, distractions reduced room (quiet room)
  • Use of word processor equipped with spell-check and grammar-check for long answer and essay questions
  • Use of a dictionary or calculator
  • Use of specialized adaptive equipment or software (speech to text software, text readers, JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Zoomtext, or Kurzweil)
  • Access and use of a reader (person who reads everything on the exam to the student)
Other Accommodations / Supports arrow View
  • One-on-one tutor support outside of the classroom to reinforce subject material 
  • Study and learning strategies
  • Assistance with making a class physically accessible for students with mobility impairments
Tutors arrow View
Tutoring supplements regular course work. It isn't a substitute for attending class and studying on your own. All Lakeland College students are eligible for tutoring. See the how to get a peer tutor page for more information.  Students with documented disabilities can often access a content tutor as well as a peer tutor.

Note: To access tutor support, each student must meet with the Accessibility Advisor to discuss their needs. Access to tutors is based on the individual needs of each student and relevant documentation. The Accessibility Advisor will approve how many hours of tutor support will be provided to each student based on need and recommendations found in the assessment. .

Note Taking arrow View
To access note taking services, each student must meet with the Accessibility Advisor to discuss their individual needs.

The note taking service is provided to ensure equal access to classroom information. Increasingly, instructors are able to provide notes for students either online through a learning management system or by using smart classroom technology.  The relationship between students receiving notes and note takers will remain anonymous.

Notes:
  • Will be provided in written or typed format
  • Should be accessed regularly
  • Are not monitored (we depend on feedback from students to address any issues)
Alternate Formats for Textbooks and Course Materials arrow View
The alternate format service is provided to ensure equal access to textbook / course information.

Students who are blind or have low vision, mobility disabilities, learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be eligible for textbooks and other course materials to be provided in an alternate format such as electronic text (e-text), audio text (MP3), enlarged print text and Braille.

The Accessibility Advisor converts the textbooks and course materials. Students who are physically able to manipulate textbooks and computers will be trained to convert their own materials. This training is designed to promote independence in both academic and future vocational settings.

Alternate format include:
  • Digital format textbooks
  • Compatible with assistive software where the text is read aloud to the student

Note: Obtaining the alternate format is not always guaranteed.

To access adaptive textbook services, you need to meet with the Accessibility Advisor to discuss your individual needs. Requests should be submitted as soon as possible to allow Accessibility Services enough time to contact instructors for reading lists, to have you purchase the texts and to prepare books for scanning. As part of the process you must bring the books/receipts to prove they have been purchased. We recommend contacting us as soon as you have been accepted in a Lakeland College program.