"The education and experience I gained through the Disability Studies Diploma program at Mount Royal has set me on an entirely new career and lifestyle path. After working 15 years as a med lab tech in the health care system, I came to this program as a mother of two children with disabilities, hoping to gain information that would simply be of benefit to me and my family. However, the insightful and relevant lessons taught by an endlessly supportive faculty taught me not only to love the career opportunities in this field, but the continued academic diversity it offers as well. Now, seven years later, I find myself with not only a MRC diploma but a BCR (Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation), a Masters of Teaching B.Ed. and I am now beginning an M.Sc. in Special Education. As a mature student searching for a way to fit the expectations of post-secondary education into a life already filled with family and career responsibilities, this program and its instructors offered me the flexibility and the personalized support I needed to be successful both as a lifelong learner and a professional educator."
— Patti DesJardine, Disability Studies Diploma Graduate
“The Disabilities Studies Diploma Program at Mount Royal University has offered me the opportunity to grow and learn in ways I never thought possible. Going to college seemed quite daunting and at first I was very unsure of myself, but through the support of the faculty and my fellow classmates I have had a great college experience. I have enjoyed learning about the field of disabilities, and I am grateful for the lasting relationships I have been able to build with my colleagues and instructors. Overall, this program has given me the gift of knowledge, and it has helped me get in touch with who I am and what kind of person I want to be. “
— Angela Alanko, 2nd year student.