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Accessibility Services at Red River College

Red River College is committed to providing persons with documented disabilities fair and equal access to educational programs, services, and facilities. Accessibility Services works collaboratively with students, faculty, and support staff to identify and implement strategies to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals.
Services offered by Accessibility Services include deaf and hard of hearing services, exam accommodations, assistive technology, and alternate format material.
If you are a student with a diagnosed disability and want to develop a plan to receive accommodations, visit Accessibility Services.

Student Accessibility Services Brandon University

Brandon University is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all individuals enrolled in its programs of study.

Student Accessibility Services University of Manitoba 

SAS provides support and advocacy for students with disabilities, such as: hearing, injury-related, learning, mental health, medical, physical, visual or temporary disabilities. We act as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and service agencies.

SAS upholds the Manitoba Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and the University of Manitoba’s Accessibility Policy.

Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts at the University of Winnipeg

University of Winnipeg Accessibility Services (AS) and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHoHS)In collaboration with the students, faculty, and staff at The University of Winnipeg, Accessibility Services (AS) and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHoHS) facilitate and promote the ongoing development of an accessible learning environment which provides students with disabilities or medical conditions the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of campus life.
AS and DHoHS are located in room 1M35, the offices in the Northwest corner of Manitoba Hall on the main floor. The closest accessible pickup and drop-off point is the Ellice Avenue campus entrance (Lockhart Hall, which is just around the corner from our offices). Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts at the University of Winnipeg.

WHEAT Institute

WHEAT Institute provides holistic diploma and certificate programs in expressive arts and art therapy. Students come from backgrounds of education, social work, psychology and fine arts and, through WHEAT’s programs, go on to help people of all ages and abilities to live with peace, awareness and creativity. Through WHEAT’s programs, students learn how the universal language of art allows healing, growth and justice to emerge from even the smallest brushstrokes, movements and words.

Business Services

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP)

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) offers business services to people with disabilities or health conditions interested in starting a business in rural Manitoba.  This program is open to anyone with a viable business idea who has a disability or a health condition.

Facebook Page:


Business Tools: including:

  1. Small Business Startup Checklist: 
  1. Startup Business Plan Workbook: 

Grants and Funding

Canada Council for the Arts (CCA)

Manitoba Arts Council (MAC)

Winnipeg Arts Council (WAC)

The Winnipeg Foundation: (TWF)

*If you are an AANM member and would like help with applying for a grant contact Jenel Shaw at*


ACLS Medical Training
ACLS, BLS, and PALS Medical Training for persons in multiple medical fields. Scholarships specifically for persons with disabilities are available.

Disability Awards
Searchable database listing all of the bursaries, awards, scholarships, etc available to persons with disabilities pursuing  post secondary education. You can search by province, by school, and by specific disability. Database is searchable by the public, and registering an account is free.

Scholarships made available by CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Information on and listing of scholarships made available with and through the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.

Red River College Alumni
Information on scholarships, awards, and other financial aid made available to Red River College Alumni with disabilities.


Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA)


Manitoba Writer’s Guild


Winnipeg Arts Council (WAC)


Manitoba Arts Council


Art City


Ace Art Inc.


Urban Shaman Gallery


Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts


Graffiti Art Programming Inc.


Plugin Insitutute of Contemporary Art


Winnipeg Art Gallery


Winnipeg Film Group



Disability Art

Disability art, any creative work that explores a disability experience, either in content or in form. Although the term disability art is sometimes restricted to artwork that is intended primarily for audiences with disabilities, many disabled artists create work that is intended for audiences that include both disabled and nondisabled people. Occasionally the term is used to refer to any artwork created by a disabled person, whether referencing disability or not, but that usage is uncommon among members of the disability community. A primary function of disability art has been to articulate for the disability community as well as for the mainstream what disability means—politically, personally, and aesthetically.”  (

Accessible or Not?

Definitions to consider when defining your venue:

“Accessibility” means “barrier-free.” An accessible workplace, goods or services are ones in which people with disabilities can fully participate to the extent of their individual abilities.

“Barrier” should mean anything that prevents a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of a disability.

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

What is a barrier?

3(1) For a person who has a physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability, a barrier is anything that interacts with that disability in a way that may hinder the person’s full and effective participation in society on an equal basis.

Examples of barriers

3(2) The following are examples of barriers: (a) a physical barrier; (b) an architectural barrier; (c) an information or communications barrier; (d) an attitudinal barrier; (e) a technological barrier; (f) a barrier established or perpetuated by an enactment, a policy or a practice.

Principles 2(2) In achieving accessibility, regard must be had for the following principles:

Access: Persons should have barrier-free access to places, events and other functions that are generally available in the community;

Equality: Persons should have barrier-free access to those things that will give them equality of opportunity and outcome


Universal design: Access should be provided in a manner that does not establish or perpetuate differences based on a person’s disability.

Systemic responsibility: The responsibility to prevent and remove barriers rests with the person or organization that is responsible for establishing or perpetuating the barrier.

Internet Navigation Information for the Visually Impaired

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How to make the internet easier to navigate with impaired vision

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