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Athabasca University

Providing Services at a Distance

ASD develops and provides a comprehensive range of services at a distance, to ensure reasonable accommodations to meet the individual needs of students with a wide range of disabilities. In most traditional institutions, students go to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, the Learning Assistance Centre, and/or the Assistive Technology Lab to access services. ASD finds alternative ways to deliver similar services to students in a variety of situations including using innovative strategies and cutting edge technologies.

How does ASD accomplish these tasks?

  • We require active participation of the student in the planning and implementation of services.
  • We communicate extensively with the student and value the information they provide.
  • We may place a heavier emphasis on technological solutions for certain kinds of accommodations.
  • We assist students to access resources in their home communities.
  • We establish a wide range of alternate solutions to meet assessed accommodations
  • We continue to seek alternate methods of delivering services or accommodations, including online alternatives and the development of distance delivery seminars or training packages.
  • Within this context, ASD practices with innovation and flexibility.

This means ASD will work with you to find a mutually satisfactory resolution to the assessed support service or accommodation requirement when the need cannot be met because of geographic location or due to the absence of accessible funding, technological, or professional resources.

Updated April 30 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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