Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services provides services and supports for students with disabilities.

We are available for in-person appointments on campus. You can also access us through email, phone, and MS Teams.

Make an appointment with an Accessibility Advisor or the AT Advisor through the LSS Booking Portal:

Book an Appointment

Accessibility Portal:

The Accessibility Portal is closed for maintenance.

We will be opening our new Accessibility Portal on January 3, 2022. More information about how to log in and use the new portal, including information about how to send your Winter IAPs will be available soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca

COVID-19 Vaccine information

Bow Valley College is requiring all individuals to provide proof of two doses of Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine to enter our campuses. Take a moment to review our Learner COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure:

You may request an accommodation for medical reasons, or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, through Accessibility Services. Please fill out the Vaccine Accommodation Request form and email it to accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca. You must wait for approval from Accessibility Services before attending campus unvaccinated.  

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities

Yes! Accessibility Services is open for in-person appointments . You can also make a phone or an online (MS Teams) appointment if you'd prefer.
  • If you are planning on coming to campus, please read the Returning Students FAQ for more information on how to access campus.
  • If you are a new or prospective student and do not have a Student ID card, please make sure you have your appointment confirmation email ready to show to security along with your proof of vaccination. You will be allowed to access campus within 15 minutes of your scheduled appointment time.
  • Please note: only BVC staff/students are allowed on-campus at this time. Friends/family members will not be allowed to enter the building. If you require assistance for your appointment, please email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca for more information.

Students unable to wear a mask for reasons related to medical/disability or other protected grounds must request an accommodation through Accessibility Services by emailing accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca. Detailed documentation provided by a licensed medical professional will be required. For the health and safety of our community, students will be asked to attend an online class, where available, if they are unable to mask. Students must wait for approval from Accessibility Services before attending campus without a mask.

Students with documented disabilities are able to access classroom and exam accommodations for all courses, including online classes.

If you are a new student to Bow Valley College and have a disability (e.g mental health diagnosis, learning disability, physical disability, etc.) or think you might have a disability please book an appointment with an Accessibility Advisor

  • If you are meeting with your Advisor on-campus and do not have a Student ID card, please make sure you have your appointment confirmation email ready to show to security. You will be allowed to access campus within 15 minutes of your scheduled appointment time.
  • Please note: only BVC staff/students are allowed on-campus at this time. Friends/family members will not be allowed to enter the building. If you require assistance for your appointment, please email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca for more information.

If you have current documentation related to your disability (psychoeducational reports, medical documentation, IPP/IAP plans from other schools), please have it ready to share with your Advisor. If you don't have any documentation or are not sure what is needed, please make an appointment and we can help you access appropriate documentation. You may also find the following links helpful:

The Accessibility Portal is closed for maintenance.

We will be opening our new Accessibility Portal on January 3, 2022. More information about how to log in and use the new portal, including information about how to send your Winter IAPs will be available soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca

Accessibility Advisors and the AT Advisor are available for in-person, phone, or online appointments. Online appointments will be held through MS Teams.

Check our availability and make an appointment through the LSS Booking site

  • If you are planning on coming to campus, please read the Returning Students FAQ for more information on how to access campus.
  • If you are a new or prospective student and do not have a Student ID card, please make sure you have your appointment confirmation email ready to show to security. You will be allowed to access campus within 15 minutes of your scheduled appointment time.
  • Please note: only BVC staff/students are allowed on-campus at this time. Friends/family members will not be allowed to enter the building. If you require assistance for your appointment, please email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca for more information.

If you need help booking an appointment, you can also email: accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca or phone: 403-410-1440

We recommend that you speak to your instructor for more details about any exams, including whether they will be held on campus or online (D2L).

If you need to book your final exams, please email lssexams@bowvalleycollege.ca. We are requesting at least 7 days notice to set up testroom accommodations. Please check your course outlines and book any exams as soon as possible.

Assistive Technology is equipment and software that is used by students with disabilities to help them access their learning materials.

The AT Advisor can help you with technology questions related to your disability, including software questions about Read and Write. Read and Write is the most common AT software used at Bow Valley College - it will let you read any computer text out loud. Read and Write is helpful for reading materials like Word documents, articles, websites, and D2L resources. All Bow Valley College students are able to access a free version of Read and Write and install it on a personal computer.

If you are using a phone/tablet – you can use your mobile device’s built-in reading features to read your texts and information out loud.

If you have questions about Read and Write, or are interested in using other AT products, please make an appointment with the AT Advisor.

 

 

More information about Accessibility Services

If you need extra help the Academic Success Centre offers free writing support, peer tutors, learning coaches, and workshops for all learners at the College. 

Visit the Academic Success Centre for more information.

 

Accessibility Services is responsible for the determination and provision of academic accommodations at the College through the Learner Accommodation Policy and the Accommodations for Learners with Disabilities Procedure.

Under Alberta Human Rights legislation, Bow Valley College has a duty to accommodate learners with disabilities. We are here to help you assist BVC learners with accommodations in your classes.

For more resources and information on the accommodation process at Bow Valley College please see our Accessibility page on College Connect.

 

We encourage instructors to incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in the design of curriculum and classes as this decreases the need for individual accommodations and increases access and engagement for all learners. UDL is a framework to improve and optimize teaching that eliminates barriers through initial design and instruction rather than overcoming barriers later, through individual accommodations. 

Learn more about UDL

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Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education


Please contact us as soon as you're accepted and/or at least four months before classes start.
Call 403-410-1440 or email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca.

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