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Specialized Support and Disability Services is aligned with the mission of the Office of the Dean of Students, guided by federal and provincial human rights legislation, and defined by a number of University policies. 

The University of Alberta is obligated by legislation to provide disability-related accommodations to students with disabilities to the point of undue hardship.

University of Alberta Policies

Policy for Students with Disabilities:  Section 108.5, GFC Policy Manual (University of Alberta

Discrimination and Harassment & Reasonable Accommodation

Alberta Human Rights Legislation and Guiding Documents

In 2004, the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission produced an Interpretive Bulletin called Duty to accommodate students with disabilities in post-secondary educational institutions.

It provides practical advice to both students and educators about how they can arrange effective accommodations, as well as associated responsibilities.  It reflects the Commission’s position on the legal duty to accommodate, based on current human rights legislation and case law.

In 2005/2006, the Ministry of Advanced Education embarked on a forum and committee-work process to establish a new vision and policy framework for advanced learning.     

One of the documents used as background information by the Steering Committee was “The Future Starts with You”. (PDF)  The document presented findings and recommendations of an environmental scan which reviewed the status of accommodations for postsecondary students with disabilities.

Other related websites:

A Learning Alberta Final Report (PDF)

Alberta Human Rights Commission

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Of interest within the context of our web site is Section 15 of the 


Equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law/ Affirmative action programs. Section 15.

  1. Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
  1. Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

 Canadian Human Rights Commission

Please view Policies and Guidelines on the main SSDS site of the North campus in Edmonton.