CPLED strives to ensure all our programs are accessible, but we are sensitive to the fact that our programs may present unintended challenges for some students. We are committed to our obligation to provide accommodation to the point of undue hardship. CPLED recognizes that we may occasionally need to adjust rules, policies, or practices to enable the full participation of every student in their program.
The purpose of accommodation is to preserve fairness for all students. The granting of an accommodation does not relieve a student of their responsibility to develop the essential competencies expected of all students, meeting all program requirements or from attending and participating in all phases of their program.The granting of accommodation is dependent on the ability to maintain the integrity, security, and standards of CPLED’s programs.
Students may apply for accommodation at any time during their program but must submit their application with sufficient time for it to be considered and implemented. Students are strongly encouraged to submit accommodation requests as early as possible and particularly well in advance of the Capstone for PREP students.The accommodation process takes time, including:
- The time it may take to gather the required supporting documentation for the application. For example, this might include scheduling and waiting for appointments to obtain medical documentation or contacting a university for records of prior accommodations.
- The time it will take CPLED to review and implement the accommodation. For example, any technical or logistical adaptations that need to be made to facilitate a student’s participation in the program.
For urgent accommodation applications, CPLED will work with students to develop a workable accommodation strategy. Still, due to resourcing constraints, we may not be able to meet some convenience or preference aspects of last-minute requests. For this reason, we encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible in the program and always well in advance of any scheduled assessment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, CPLED is committed to working collaboratively with students in all our programs to develop suitable accommodation strategies and discuss available options with students. Due to the compressed schedule of Accelerated PREP, requests for extra time may need to be accommodated by transitioning students to the nine-month delivery of PREP.
In developing accommodated schedules, we make every effort to keep students within the schedule for the intake in which they are enrolled. However, particularly if an accommodation includes extra time (for example, time and a half or double time for assignments), a perfect accommodation may involve pushing students’ enrolment beyond their current intake. This could mean completing a phase or phases of the program (including Capstone) with a future intake. Depending on their individual needs, students may wish to consider an alternate accommodated schedule which keeps them in their scheduled intake.
Complete and return the Application for Accommodation available on our policy page, along with any supporting documentation. Please note that there are separate forms for PREP and LRW students.
Students who identify a need for accommodation during the registration process are still required to submit a completed Application for Accommodation.
The Accommodation Policy is available on our policy page.
Supporting documentation is important to help CPLED staff understand the type of accommodations which will enable a student’s full participation in their program. When reviewing and requesting what to provide with their application, students should provide:
- Information and documentation which supports a current need for accommodation.
- Evidence of any past accommodations which enabled full participation in school or at work.
Students are requested to provide as much information as possible to facilitate an appropriate accommodation. CPLED does not assess medical conditions, so we rely on documentation from other professionals to determine the type of accommodation which will meet students’ needs. This means it is essential to have the professional completing the medical portion of the application review the form carefully and include as much detail as possible regarding the accommodation needed.
If a student requests accommodation, CPLED will keep their information strictly confidential. Information will be used and disclosed solely for the purposes of considering or administering the accommodation.
CPLED encourages students to self-identify individual needs, however it is a student’s decision as to whether they will request accommodation.
CPLED understands that the accommodation process can be stressful for students. We cannot provide an accurate estimate for processing accommodation requests because they are reviewed on an individual basis, but we aim to provide a timely response to all students who apply for accommodation.
Upon receipt, accommodation applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed by CPLED staff. CPLED may request additional information or schedule a meeting with the student if necessary.
Once CPLED has all the information needed to consider an application, a decision will be issued to the student in a timely manner.
Students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with all accommodation inquiries.
Accommodation requests are made on human rights-protected grounds, which include more than medical conditions or disabilities. If your grounds for accommodation are not health-related, please follow the same application process but omit the submissions from medical providers.
CPLED does not have an accessibility advisor on staff. This means that we do not provide advice or recommendations to students regarding their accommodation options. CPLED staff can provide options to students for their consideration based on the accommodation request and program schedule.
The accommodation process is intended to be collaborative, with CPLED staff and students working together to develop and implement accommodation strategies. If you feel your needs are no longer met by your current accommodation, please reach out to email@example.com to discuss potential changes.