Inclusive Education at NAIT
The Inclusive Post-Secondary Education initiative supports students with developmental disabilities to be fully included in programs of study and campus life, pursue career aspirations, develop lifelong friendships, gain independence and build life-enriching experiences. Jointly supported by a non-profit organization – Inclusion Alberta – and the provincially-funded Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program, inclusive education opportunities are available at many post-secondary institutions in Alberta, including NAIT.
In 2013, NAIT was honoured with Inclusion Alberta's most prestigious award – the Community Inclusion Award – for ongoing and exemplary work in providing inclusive learning environments. Inclusion Alberta President Robin Acton said of the award, "NAIT is the only polytechnic in Canada to be meaningfully including students with developmental disabilities. This leadership sets the bar for all other technical institutes and provides hope to thousands of families throughout Alberta."
What to expect
Under this initiative, NAIT admits students in an enhanced audit capacity for up to four (4) years of study and workforce preparation leading to a certificate of completion, participation in convocation and meaningful employment. By auditing courses and individualizing the pace of study and learning outcomes, valuable learning experiences occur alongside classmates, including full participation in class lectures, labs, assessments, group assignments and, where applicable, field placements and practicum experiences.
NAIT Inclusive Post-Secondary Education team members work closely with you, your instructors, classmates and staff, and the wider campus community to create a positive experience for everyone. In addition to academic classes and participation in campus life, team members assist you year-round to find satisfying employment that aligns with your program of study. They help you discover and participate in enriching community opportunities and liaise with employers and community members to ensure everyone achieves positive outcomes.
- Identify a NAIT program that interests you. Explore the many programs available.
- Attend NAIT's Open House (October).
- Determine eligibility for PDD funding (mandatory) by contacting PDD Edmonton Region.
PDD Edmonton Region
10258 - 108 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4Z7
- Contact NAIT Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Coordinator Madeline Ouellette phone at 780.491.1329, cell 780.868.0231, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Inclusion Alberta: Family-based, non-profit organization supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities, and their families/guardians.
- Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD): Provincial board in partnership with community and facility boards providing programs and services that support adults with developmental disabilities and their families/guardians.