Explore and prepare for post-secondary education and training opportunities.
Explore your career options to help you choose a post-secondary or training program that reflects your strengths and interests.
Your post-secondary education or training success may depend on:
- Disclosure: What you say about your disability to program administrators
- Accommodations: The physical environment or school conditions that make it possible for you to participate, such as ramps, lighting, flexible hours of study, and modified exam schedules
- Programs, services, and technologies that help you progress at school. On-campus disability offices should support you in approving and funding accommodations such as:
- Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES): Funding for assistive services and technology
- Government of Canada Persons with Disabilities Online Assistive Technology: Information about assistive devices for work and independent living
- Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL): Financial assistance for medical equipment and supplies
Resources and services:
- Read the Duty to accommodate students with disabilities in post-secondary educational institutions interpretive bulletin from the Alberta Human Rights Commission
- Consider qualifying for assistance through Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) or Student Aid Alberta. Visit the disabilities services office at your chosen post-secondary school for information and assistance with funding options
Explore post-secondary education
Make a successful transition from high school to post-secondary using these resources:
- Video success stories of high school students aiming for post-secondary studies, and successful post-secondary students
- Guides and Presentations
- Transition Planning Guide and PowerPoint presentation
- Students with permanent disabilities guide from Alberta Student Aid
Alberta post-secondary institutions provide disability services for students. Search disability services at the website of your chosen post-secondary school.
Funding for post-secondary education
Funding post-secondary education usually involves a combination of financial sources such as savings, work, parental contributions, grants, scholarships, bursaries, and government-sponsored loans.
Find out about student loans, grants, bursaries, and scholarships that you may be eligble for:
- Loans and grants
Training programs and services
Alberta Community and Social Services funds training and career services from a range of agencies across the province. Find out about programs in your area by visiting your local Alberta Supports Centre.
Other programs to consider include:
- Training for Work programs: Alberta Community and Social Services post-secondary training program for adults with mild developmental disabilities to help them prepare for work and independent living
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities: Government of Canada financial assistance for persons with disabilities to enter the labour market, get a job, or become self-employed
- Vocational Rehabilitation Program for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits recipients: Vocational counselling, financial support for training, and job search services for recipients of the Canada Pension Plan