Semester 1, 2016
In this issue:
- Alternative exam arrangements
- Scholarships for remote placements
- Making experience count - free e-Book
- Accessibility Officer at FUSA
- Career help for students with a disability
- Access Plans - expiry dates
- Free software
- Disability Rights Advocacy Service Inc.
- Cheap computers
- Applying for extensions
- Print disability information
- Career information
- Disability Advisor (DA) contact information
The closing date for applications for alternative exam arrangements on the grounds of a health condition, learning difficulty or disability is Tuessday 17th 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 17th 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.
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.
Applications are now open for scholarships to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2016/2017 university studies.
The 2016 ACEN Scholarship applicants:
- Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies
- Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.
The WIL placement must be:
- Undertaken and completed between 1st June 2016 and 30th May 2017
- Undertaken in an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote location which requires relocation.
- Fulltime (4-5 days per week, for a minimum of three weeks duration)
- Within Australia
- A requirement for completion of the degree.
Developed by the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) National Disability Coordination Officer Programme - the Making Experience Count eBook showcases 12 success stories of mature age workers with disability (aged 45+), who have successfully transitioned from unemployment to employment.
Available for free from www.imvc.com.au the stories provide rich personal experiences about the challenges and obstacles overcome to achieve dreams.
With a comprehensive Resource Index the book also highlights resources and services that may be helpful to people with disability – providing insight and links to further information for those looking to work, study or up-skill.
Inspiring stories featured include artist and MS Ambassador Justine Martin, Gold Medal Paralympian and Order of Australia recipient Carol Cook, and Director of online learning website The Course Bank, Martin Stow.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the FUSA office or check out the FUSA website.
All Access Plan that expire in June/July 2016 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.
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://help.adobe.com/en_US/Acrobat/9.0/Standard/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7d15.w.html (Adobe Read Aloud - for listening to PDF)
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.
Check out Aspitech website.
And Green PC website.
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.
These websites have useful information for students with print or learning disabilities, and some have free downloads of screen-reading programs.
Education to Employment – lots of info for students with disabilities who are about to graduate.
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.
Paula Williams and Toni Crisci are located in Health, Counselling & Disability Services
Level 3, Student Centre
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 .