Who We Are
The On Campus program provides inclusive education opportunities for students with developmental disabilities at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. This groundbreaking initiative has been operating since January, 1987 and is the first inclusive education program of its kind in the world.
Initially the brainchild of parents fed up with the limiting and limited opportunities available to their children, On Campus was borne of the dream that differently-abled students could learn and grow alongside registered students and flourish in the dynamic landscape of university life.
Students are assigned to an Educational Facilitator who will advocate, counsel and assist them for the duration of their university career, which is typically four years in length. Beyond assistance in choosing classes and help with coursework, Educational Facilitators support students in learning their way around campus; in accessing clubs, volunteer pursuits, physical fitness and recreational activities; in connecting with classmates and volunteers; as well as with obtaining employment and on-the-job support.
On Campus students set individualized goals, and coursework is tailored to individual needs. They complete projects and assignments, participate in labs, and write tests and exams when suitable. Although On Campus students attend all classes as a guest of the instructor and do not graduate with a degree, program graduates depart with new subject knowledge and invaluable life experience; enhanced self-confidence, self-sufficiency and self-awareness; new friends and newly discovered interests; work experience and employment references and contacts; and the sense of accomplishment that can only come from the pursuit of bettering oneself.
Upon graduation, students have the opportunity to join our Alumni Employment Supports program for continued employment advocacy and on-the-job assistance (space permitting). Founded in 2000, Alumni Employment Supports now assists 28 graduates with a customized approach to individual success and inclusion in the workplace.
Both On Campus and Alumni Employment Supports operate with funding from PDD (Persons with Developmental Disabilities) through the Government of Alberta, as well as through generous private and community donations and fundraising efforts.