AHASTI is committed to providing a learning environment that is inclusive for students with disabilities and that provides all students with equal opportunities. As well, AHASTI will endeavour at all times to meet its obligations under applicable human rights and privacy laws as they affect students with disabilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are accommodations determined?
To qualify for accommodations, students are required to provide supporting medical or other documentation (physician's statements, functional assessment forms, psychoeducational assessments, etc.). Some of these documents contain recommendations for accommodations. AHASTI then works collaboratively with each student to discuss the best accommodations to meet the student's needs while meeting the competency profile, legislative and/or academic requirements of the program.
How are Accommodation Decisions Guided?
Human Rights Legislation - there are 15 grounds under which people are protected with Human Rights Legislation. AHASTI has a duty to accommodate students with disabilities in a higher education to the point of undue hardship to AHASTI, while maintaining all legislative and industry requirements.
Formal documentation to support accommodation is required. At AHASTI, we require students to provide formal documentation in the form of one or more of the following:
Psycho-educational assessments completed by registered psychologists
Functional limitations assessments completed by medical practitioners
Detailed medical letters from medical practitioners.
Collaboration between the student, instructor and AHASTI admin.
What is undue hardship mean?
A situation where accommodating a student with disabilities leads to unreasonable and excessive challenges for AHASTI. This includes but is not limited to situations where:
a) The accommodation significantly interferes with the rights of other students;
b) The accommodation creates health and/or safety concerns;
c) The financial cost of the accommodation is excessive, in the context of AHASTI as a whole; and/or
d) The accommodation would result in a necessary course or program requirement not being met.
What is my responsibility as a student in the accommodation process?
Initiate the request for accommodation by contacting AHASTI prior to the start of the program. (6-8 weeks prior is preferred, minimum 30 days).
Provide necessary documentation to support request
Meet with an AHASTI staff member to discuss appropriate accommodations
I am struggling in areas of my class, where can I get help?
The best thing to do first, is to have a conversation with your instructor. They may be able to provide suggestions on how to successfully complete your work.