Number 1, 2015


In this issue:

 

Alternative exam arrangements – 1st semester 2015

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

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

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.

 

Disability Service staffing changes

In semester 2 there will be some changes to staffing in the Disability Service. Both Toni & Paula are reducing their hours to 3 days/week, and a new Disability Advisor will be employed at 3 days/week. This will mean some students with funded services will be re-assigned to a different Disability Advisor so we can spread the workload. We will inform you all via email if this will affect you personally. There will be no interruption to services, you just may be directed to a different Disability Advisor as your contact person.

  

Permanent job opportunities! Check this out if you are about to graduate.

Australian Financial Security Authority has several ongoing positions available, and seeks applications from people with a disability.

To apply go to www.afsa.gov.au/about-us/careers-centre/current-vacancies-1 and provide: 

•  a completed application cover sheet (available on the AFSA website at www.afsa.gov.au)

•  a resume outlining your career history, qualifications and including contact details for at least two recent referees

•  a covering letter, no longer than 2 pages, that briefly and clearly highlights and demonstrates your claims against the selection criteria 

Applications should be submitted no later than 14 May 2015 to:  recruitment@afsa.gov.au

 

FUSA Accessibility Officer

Amy Hueppauff 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 Amy at accessibility.officer@flinders.edu.au

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

 

Career Development Consultant (Engagement)

Need help developing your career goals?

The Careers and Employer Liaison Centre has a new Careers Consulting role, focusing on students from a range of equity groups - including students with a disability. Mark Gregory, who has over ten years’ experience at the Centre, is available for 1-1 appointments to assist you develop your career goals. 

To book an appointment, call 8201 2832 or email careers@flinders.edu.au.

  

Expiry dates on Access Plans 

All Access Plan that expire in June/July 2015 will be cancelled at the end of July (including alternative exam arrangements). 

If your disability/health condition is still causing problems, and you would like the Access Plan to continue, you need to provide updated documentation about your current health status (you can get your doctor to complete the Disability Verification form).  

Phone 8201 2118 to make an appointment with your Disability Advisor.

 

Free software

My study Bar is an excellent tool that includes voice-recognition and screen-reading functions - free download: http://eduapps.org/?page_id=7

Read out Loud Programs:

http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/windowsvista/narrator.aspx

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Acrobat/9.0/Standard/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7d15.w.html   (Adobe Read Aloud - for listening to PDF)

 

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.

 

Cheap computers!

Check out Aspitech website.

And Green PC website.

 

Extensions for assignments

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 essential as the DAs are often out of the office. 

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 .