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Disability Support

 

Any student living with a disability – whether permanent or short term – has a right to participate in study without assistance and undue attention. However, it is also your right to access specialised support through the University’s Disability Services to make your study experience fair and with minimal stress.

One benefit of registering with Disability Services is that a Disability Officer will liaise with your Faculty to provide you with reasonable adjustments and support, through an Academic Plan. Your Academic Plan will not disclose your condition to Faculty staff, but will describe the likely impacts on your learning, and includes reasonable adjustments. These allow the University to maintain academic integrity, while giving you a fair chance at assessment.

 

Am I eligible to register with Disability Services?

You’re eligible to register with Disability Services if you have a disability as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Common disabilities that students live with include: depression, anxiety, hearing impairment, vision impairment, physical disability, specific learning disability, acquired brain injury, chronic medical conditions, and temporary disabilities.

 

Privacy and disclosure

Your personal information is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) and under the University of Sydney’s Privacy Policy 2013 and Privacy Management Plan 2013. For further information on these policies and legislation:

sydney.edu.au/arms/privacy/policy.

 

What sorts of adjustments can I get?

This list is not exhaustive – other support can be negotiated:

  • Accessible workspaces, physical access, and modifications
  • Lecture recordings, lockers for storage
  • Assistive technology and/or assistance to purchase assistive technology
  • Equipment loans
  • AUSLAN interpreting
  • Lecture support, for example, peer note-taking and remote live capturing
  • Faculty liaison
  • Library support
  • Resting rooms (first aid rooms).

 

How to register with Disability Services

Current students can register online: https://disabilityassist.sydney.edu.au/registrations/new. Follow the directions on how to upload supporting documentation forms which your health professionals will need to fill out. Complete registration by attending an appointment with a Disability Officer.

 

Disability rights

The University has a positive duty to promote the full inclusion and participation of students living with a disability. Australian and NSW law prevents unlawful discrimination against people living with disability in areas including employment, education, and access to public premises. For the full definition of disability discrimination and disability rights see the Australian Human Rights Commission website:

http://humanrights.gov.au/know-your-rights-disability-discrimination

 

What can I do if I believe I have been discriminated against because of my disability?

You have a right to lodge a complaint to the University; to the NSW Anti Disrimination Board; or to the Australian Human Rights Commission. You may want to discuss your concerns or seek support from SUPRA, or a specialist service such as People with Disability Australia (PWDA). See our section on Complaints for further information.

Disability Services
(02) 8627 8422
Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02), Darlington Campus
disability.services@sydney.edu.au
sydney.edu.au/students/disability-support.html

 

Further support

People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
PWDA provides information to people with disability, and their associates, and assesses requests for advocacy support where people feel unable to resolve issues or complaints for themselves or require representation.
(02) 9370 3100 or 1800 422 015
TTY: (02) 9318 2138 or 1800 422 016
dris@pwd.org.au
pwd.org.au

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