Who are we?
The Sydney Network for Students with Disability is a network of students with disability or medical condition enrolled in tertiary study in Sydney. The network is facilitated by the Sydney Region National Disability Coordination Officer Program.


The legal definition of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in Australia is broad and includes chronic medical conditions, mental illness and learning disabilities. One in five Australians has a disability under this definition and 80% of disabilities are invisible.

The aims of the network:

  • Peer support and mentoring
  • Improving transition into and out of university
  • Advocacy for students
  • Data collection / recording student experiences
  • Disability awareness and knowledge for students, staff and the community

Current challenges faced by students:

  • Isolation of students / lack of community or network
  • Poor awareness of disability within the university
  • Non-engagement with disability services and lack of supports available
  • Issues around disclosing disability
  • Problematic transition from high school
  • Poor staff and peer awareness of disability and lack of sensitivity
  • Insufficient representation of students with disability in leadership positions
  • Poor provisions and poor understanding about provisions
  • Difficulty for students with disability balancing uni/work/life

Joining the network

The network is open to tertiary students who identify as a person with disability. If you are interested in joining the network or would like more information please email jessica.buhne@sydney.edu.au


The SNSD Committee 

The Organising Committee for the Sydney Network for Students with Disability comprises of Chair Vicky Renier-Clark, Mitchell Thomas, Teddy Tran, Kenton Chan, Charlie Zada, Danielle Santos, Dee Encabo and Jessica Buhne (National Disability Coordination officer, Sydney Region).

We would like to ensure that the Organising Committee comprises of a diverse range of people in order to represent members as best as possible. This includes students with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and students with disability who identify as LGBTIQ.

The committee communicates via face-to-face meetings as well as through online and phone communication. This is a voluntary role of approximately 1-2 hours per fortnight and we ask that committee members are able to commit to their role for 12 months. You can register your interest in becoming a committee member by submitting your resume to jessica.buhne@sydney.edu.au along with a 1 page cover letter that outlines why you are interested as well as what you hope to contribute to the network.

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