Rosebud School of the Arts welcomes applications from students with disabilities. Our goal is to accommodate all students into a meaningful participation of their educational experience. We recognize that each student’s situation is unique. We want to work with you to make sure that your need for accommodation is appropriate and beneficial to your Rosebud experience.
In serving students with disabilities, RSA follows the guidelines of the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC does not require post-secondary institutions to lower academic standards to accommodate students with disabilities. It is RSA’s purpose to train all students to reach the standards set for each programme, be that Open Studies, Theatre Foundations, or Mentorship. When students with disabilities make requests for accommodation, RSA will explore every possible option to meet the requests while maintaining the integrity of the training.
RSA is committed to offering any student with a disability, access to goods, services, and facilities customarily available to other students, such as:
- Application process and RSA Weekend
- In-class as well as remote learning
- Local and international theatre trips
- Casting auditions
- Special events and more
RSA will consider submitted evidence that indicate accommodation is required and will seek advice from experts such as medical or learning specialists. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
- Extra time for test taking
- A scribe in the classroom
- Tutoring services
- Adjusted course requirements to accommodate a physical condition or injury
- Adjustments to create safe and accessible spaces
Although RSA does not own nor operate student residences, RSA will assist students with disabilities in finding an appropriate place to live.
RSA’s Student Life Advisor also serves as RSA’s Disability Service Provider, fulfilling the duties as outlined by AHRC, such as helping students develop accommodation plans and being a resource for instructors, staff, landlords, and others who need information about plan.
Students are responsible for:
- Noting on their application any disabilities, special needs or limitations
- Giving an accurate account of their medical and psychological history
- Sharing accommodation strategies that have worked in the past
- If requested by RSA, providing official diagnoses by a certified physician, specialist, psychologist, physiotherapist, or other licensed medical provider of any condition for which accommodation is needed
- Communicating with RSA well in advance so that RSA has time to develop an accommodation plan
- Seeking and obtaining financial support for any services that carry an extra cost, for example: tutors, scribes, or adaptive software
- Once in school, communicating with RSA’s Disability Service Provider to review or adjust the accommodation plan
If you’re not sure what services RSA can offer or what is expected from you, feel free to discuss your questions with the Recruitment Officer or the Disability Service Provider. We will hold your story with care and confidentiality.
More information AHRC and Post-Secondary Duty to Accommodate can be found here: https://www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca/publications/bulletins_sheets_booklets/bulletins/Pages/duty_to_accommodate_students.aspx