Number 1, 2014

If you would like this newsletter in an alternative format please contact the Disability Service

In this issue:

 


Alternative exam arrangements – 1st semester 2014

The closing date for applications for alternative exam arrangements on the grounds of a health condition, learning difficulty or disability is Tuesday 20th May.  

Unfortunately, applications received after that date cannot be accepted.

If you already have an Access Plan that covers exams, you don’t need to do anything.  We will write to you in the week before exams start to confirm your alternative arrangements.

If you do not have an Access Plan, you need to see a Disability Advisor (DA) before 20th May.  You will need to provide documentation of your disability - this can be a letter from your treating professional, or they can complete the Disability Verification Form 2011.

If you are unable to get an appointment with a DA, you can also see a counsellor or a doctor in Health, Counselling & Disability Services to negotiate alternative arrangements for exams.  Phone 8201 2118 to make an appointment.

Students with disabilities are subject to the standard rules concerning exams - check the examinations web page for more information.

Cross-institutional topics

If you have exams at another university, you MUST negotiate alternate arrangements with the Disability Service at that university.

Exam venues may change

Alternative exam venues can change - it is essential that you read your letter carefully and make sure you know where to go for your exam.  Mistaking the time, date or venue does not give grounds to apply for supplementary exams.

Winter Internships – applications close 21 April 2014!

Stepping Into is a paid internship program specifically designed for students with disabilities who want to gain paid, hands on experience in an industry that is relevant to their degree and chosen field of study.

The organisations that are offering opportunities this winter are:

  • Department of Agriculture – Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide
  • Department of Industry – Canberra, Sydney
  • Henry Davis York – Sydney
  • Sparke Helmore – Sydney, Brisbane
  • Crown Solicitors Office – Sydney
  • NSW Ombudsman – Sydney
  • Telstra – Sydney, Melbourne
  • Australian Financial Securities Authority (AFSA) – Sydney, Melbourne
  • Department of Human Services VIC – Melbourne
  • IBM – locations TBC

Important:

You will be required to attend a briefing session to be considered for an internship, as part of the selection process. Please refer to the details on the website.
 
To find out about the opportunities and how to apply, visit the Australian Network on Disability (AND) website:                                                                                 

  • Look under “Apply for Winter 14”
  • Find out more about “Stepping into…” under “Information for Students”
  • Download application form from the webpage

FUSA Accessibility Officer

Jak Yusuf is the current Accessibility Officer with FUSA (Flinders University Student’s Association). Part of the role of Accessibility Officer is to attend the university’s Disability Committee meetings, and Equal Opportunity & Diversity Committee meetings.

If you have any disability issues you want to raise, email Jak at accessibility.officer@flinders.edu.au

For more information, visit the FUSA office or check out the FUSA website.

Disability Rights Advocacy Service

DRAS provides advocacy to individuals as well as groups of people with disability through their individual and systemic advocacy programs. The disability can be psychiatric, physical, neurological, developmental, sensory, or intellectual disability. They can also assist applicants of the new Disability Care Australia scheme.

For further information visit their website.

Mentors wanted

The Julia Farr Youth Mentor Program is looking for mentors aged 16-30 with lived experience of disability and is keen to connect with you! ??The program is looking for people who are passionate about young people living inclusive lives, exercising control over their lives and having the same opportunity as everyone else to develop to their full potential.

If you would like to become a mentor or would like more information please contact Sandy Williams on (08) 8373 8333 at JFA Purple Orange or email Sandy at sandyw@purpleorange.org.au.

Cheap computers!

Check out Aspitech website.

And Green PC website.

Access Plan reminder

It is your responsibility to discuss your Access Plan with Topic Coordinators and provide them with a copy at the start of each semester, even if you think you probably won’t need to use it.  By following proper process you will find it easier to negotiate with Topic Coordinators when you do need an extension. 

Having an Access Plan does not guarantee you an extension – you still must follow the specified process for your course.  The Access Plan merely allows you to negotiate without having to provide further medical evidence in most circumstances. You need to be aware that in some disciplines (particularly those that are practice-based), the nature of the assessment may mean that you will be required to provide a medical certificate.

Print disability information

These websites have useful information for students with print or learning disabilities, and some have free downloads of screen-reading programs.

Career information

Flinders University Graduate careers website – Students with disabilities

Education to Employment – lots of info for students with disabilities who are about to graduate.

Careers in the Public Service - My Career, My APS

fws - Finding Workable Solutions – Disability open employment service provider

SA Career Consultants – Disability open employment service provider

Multiple Solutions – employment specialists

Job Access Website & Resources – Job Access is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability.

Disability Advisors (DA) contact information

Paula Williams and Toni Crisci are located in Health, Counselling & Disability Services
Level 3, Student Centre
Email: disability@flinders.edu.au
Phone: 8201 2118

Appointments are available most weekdays.  However, the DAs are often out of the office so appointments are essential.  Many queries do not require an appointment, so you might like to email a DA in the first instance - an appointment can be made later if necessary. 

To receive services you need to provide documentation of your disability.  This can be a recent letter from your doctor or treating professional, or you can ask them to complete a Disability Verification Form 2011. It is helpful if you bring this to the first appointment, as it will expedite the process.

All information is treated as strictly confidential.