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
- what you say about your disability to program administrators—disclosure
- 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—accommodations
- programs, services and technologies that help you progress at school. On-campus disability offices should support you in approving and funding accommodations such as:
- funding for assistive services and technology—Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES)
- information about assistive devices for work and independent living—Government of Canada Persons with Disabilities Online Assistive Technology
- financial assistance for medical equipment and supplies—Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL)
Resources and services:
- Alberta Human Rights Commission—duty to accommodate
- As a student, you may want to qualify 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
Find out about post-secondary schools and programs in Alberta at OCCinfo. Go to the Educational Programs page to search for post-secondary program information.
Distance or online learning lets you learn where you want at your own pace:
Make a successful transition from high school to post-secondary using these resources
- Video Success Stories
- High School Students With a Dream
- Post-Secondary Success Stories
- Guides and Presentations
Alberta post-secondary institutions provide disability services for students. Search disability services at Alberta post-secondary school websites.
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
- Scholarships Canada—keyword search for "disabilities" and "disable"
- Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities Bursaries
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 local Alberta Works/Alberta Supports Centres.
- Alberta Community and Social Services post-secondary training program for adults with mild developmental disabilities to help them prepare for work and independent living—Transition to Employment Services
- Government of Canada financial assistance for persons with disabilities to enter the labour market, get a job or become self-employed—Opportunities Fund
- Vocational counselling, financial support for training and job search services for recipients of the Canada Pension Plan—Canada Pension Plan Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program