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High School Transition
Funding and Scholarship Programs
Northwest Territories Vocational Rehabilitation Program
The government of the Northwest Territories has not signed an agreement
with the Federal government to implement the EAPD program. As
such, support for students with disabilities still operates under the terms
of the Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Persons (VRDP) Program.
The program does offer support to students with disabilities to attend
post-secondary education. However, this is a very small program, with a
limited budget and students are encouraged to seek other supports, such
as student loans.
VRDP funding has traditionally gone to support the purchase of
computers and specialized software for individuals with disabilities.
Students at Aurora College or other upgrading or employment-related
programs are eligible for funding. The program has also supported assessment
and tutoring services for students in post-secondary institutions,
colleges, and universities. The program does not cover costs associated
with tuition, books or living expenses, which are covered under Student
Financial Assistance. Officials reported a short waiting list for access to
VRDP funding at the time of our data collection. They also noted that
funds are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so students are
encouraged to apply early for assistance.