Current Students

Information for staff

We can help you decide when you should refer a student to our service, or adjust your course or examination arrangements to suit a student and we can provide you with resources to assist.

  1. Advice
  2. Reasonable adjustments
  3. Adjustments to assessments
  4. Training
  5. Resources

Advice

UniAccess disability officers are experienced at working with students with a broad range of medical conditions and disabilities. We can help you decide if and how to make a referral to our service. You do not have to disclose confidential information about the student. We can advise on reasonable adjustments, accessible course materials and physical access.

For a student registered with UniAccess, we will work with the student and academic staff to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made, enabling the student to participate in their education on the same basis as students without disability.

Often a student’s needs are best met by accessing a range of support services. After seeing a student we frequently assist them to access appropriate professional help by referring them to other area's within Student Wellbeing or to appropriate external providers.

If you are not sure how we can help, contact us and talk it over.

 

The UWA Policy on Disability and Medical Conditions outlines the University's obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (DDA), the Disability Standards for Education (2005), the Disability Services Act (1992) and the Equal Opportunity Act (1984) to minimise and prevent unlawful discrimination on the grounds of disability or medical condition in education, employment, accommodation, access to premises, clubs and sports, and the provision of facilities and services. http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/life/health/uniaccess/policy/disability

Reasonable adjustments

You have an obligation to take measures to assist students with a disability to participate on the same basis as other students.

The Disability Standards for Education (2005) provide guidance on what is a reasonable adjustment for educators to make for a student with a disability or medical condition. An adjustment is a measure or action taken to assist a student with disability to participate in education and training on the same basis as other students.

An adjustment is reasonable if it does this while taking into account the student’s learning needs and balancing the interests of all parties affected, including those of the student with the disability, the education provider, staff and other students.

In determining whether an adjustment is reasonable, an education provider should take into account:

  • the nature of the student’s disability
  • his or her preferred adjustment
  • any adjustments that have been provided previously
  • any recommended or alternative adjustments.

Education providers have a positive obligation to make changes to reasonably accommodate the needs of a student with a disability. Guidance on what is expected of education providers to meet their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education (2005) can be found in the Disability Standards for Education Guidance Notes. For examples and more advice on making reasonable adjustments contact us or view the Creating Accessible Teaching and Support resource, Making Reasonable Adjustments.

You should not lower academic standards of the course or unit to accommodate the needs of any student but you may need to be flexible in relation to the way in which the program is delivered or assessed.

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Adjustment to assessment

UWA has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that courses are assessed in such a way that any student with a disability is able to participate on the same basis as a student without disability.

Reasonable adjustments may involve alterations to the way the student is assessed in exams and other assessment tasks or situations such as placements, practical or laboratory classes or on-going assessment.

Training

Disability standards We can train you in a range of disability issues. This is a free service. Contact us to discuss your needs. 

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Resources

We can provide Information on inclusive teaching practices, universal design, vision impairment, behaviour management and use of the Lecture Capture System (Echo 360).

Audio captions

It is a legal requirement that audio is captioned. Captions are also a burgeoning tool to enhance learning experience for hearing impaired, other accessibility students and those hoping to access course materials in their preferred styles. UniAccess can liaise and advise staff on resourcing and methods to suit.

Training

ADCET (Australian Disability Clearing House on Education and Training) provides information, advice and resources to Disability Practitioners, Teachers and Students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector.

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