Support for students with disability
If you’re a student with disability or a chronic medical condition, you can access support through a wide range of programs and services. From early schooling to tertiary education and skills training, there are many people and organisations to help you enrol, study and succeed.
All education providers must adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). This sets out Disability Standards for Education that ensure students with disability can participate in education on the same basis as other students.
Disability Standards for Education also specify the provision of reasonable adjustments for students with disability. A reasonable adjustment could be a change made to the physical environment, modified communication systems or educational materials being made available in alternative formats.
Learn more about Disability Standards for Education
For many students disclosing a disability or medical condition can be tricky and stressful. It is important to remember that it is your right to choose whether you disclose your disability (unless there is a safety concern for you or other people). However, if you would like reasonable adjustments to be made you will need to disclose.
Learn more about how disclosing your disability will best suit you and your education on the University of Western Sydney resource Disclosure: It’s a personal choice.
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides information and resources that may be useful for current students or potential students who are considering post-secondary education or training at university, TAFE or with a Registered Training Organisation.
This includes information on planning for post-secondary education, disclosing your disability, course enrolment and reasonable adjustments.
Making the move from school to university is a big change for anyone. For students with disability the change is even bigger. So how do you succeed? Prepare early, base your decisions on good information, and plan ahead for any disability supports you may need.
This website is to be used as a ‘kick start’ for high school students with disability thinking about going to uni.
University Entry Pathways and Schemes
Alternative entry schemes are for applicants not wholly using an HSC or ATAR as the basis for their application for entry into university. The schemes are usually targeted at specific groups to help give applicants a better chance of getting into university. Entry criteria is set by individual universities and there is lots of variation between institutions. The NDCO Program in Western Sydney has compiled a University Entry Pathways and Schemes. Throughout the year, changes may occur to the entry schemes so it important to contact the University for more up to date information. Further information is also available on the University Admissions Centre (UAC) website.
Towards Success is a collection of disability specific strategies and information for students and staff developed by the University of Melbourne. It includes information on strategies for successful study, preparing for study, study techniques and links to other resources.
uni 2 beyond is an innovative and award-winning program that supports people with intellectual disability to experience university life at the University of Sydney. Students in the program attend lectures and tutorials of their choice as audit students, and participate in university social life through engagement with their peers.
From 2016, eligible students with a disability and eligible students who are dependants of Disability Support Pension recipients will be exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled training they undertake. Go to the Smart and Skilled website for more information or to see if you eligible for an exemption.
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) are supports provided to NDIS-eligible Year 12 school leavers to assist them transition from school and reach their employment goals. SLES can include a range of supports for participants for up to two years to assist them to become work-ready. Supports may include work experience, generally in open employment, job skills training, travel training and activities that contribute to achieving an employment outcome. To access SLES a person must be an NDIS participant and a Year 12 school leaver.
Ticket to Work is a national initiative that leverages the power of partnerships to improve employment outcomes for young people with disability. The initiative is delivered through a network including schools, employment services, post school providers and employers. There are 29 local Ticket to Work networks currently operating across Australia, coordinated by a national Ticket to Work team.