Number 2, 2013If you would like this newsletter in an alternative format please contact the Disability Service
In this issue:
Alternative exam arrangements
Accessibility Officer Position at FUSA
R U OK day
Summer Internships – paid work experience!
Disability Rights Advocacy Service Inc.
Mindfulness – look after yourself at lunchtime – free sessions
Vision Australia bursary
Australian Universities Sport
Font for dyslexia
Access Plan reminder
Print disability 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 Friday October 4th.
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 4th of October. 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 (DOC 596KB).
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 for to make an appointment.
For general information about examinations check the web site.
If you have exams at another university, you MUST negotiate alternate arrangements with the Disability Service at that university.
Exam venues may change
Please be aware that the alternative exam venues can change every semester, depending on where the Exams Office can book suitable rooms. 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.
This scholarship is available to students with disabilities living in South Australia who will be studying at a tertiary educational institution in 2014. The Scholarship is worth $1,000, and closing date for applications is 24th December. For full details and application form go to the website.
Matthew Cwihun was recently elected as the FUSA (Flinders University Student’s Association). He was initially elected as the FUSA “Abilities Officer” then renamed the “Accessibility Officer” with a renewed and inclusive perspective on disability within Flinders community. As FUSA’s new Accessibility Officer, Matthew is working to create an inclusive environment at Flinders where he can work with other students to create an accessible environment for everyone.
Matthew says that historically communities have focused on disability from the perspective of one’s “ in-ability”. Instead with a renewed focus on “accessibility”, he is exploring ways to re-examine our community to find new and creative ways to improve the University environment so Flinders continues the work to make Flinders an accessible campus. Matthew says the “approach is not to simply focus on the physical barriers we see every day, the objective also includes examining the invisible barriers which are not always noticed”.
Matthew invites you all to participate in upcoming projects, which include a FUSA Accessibility committee, and a social media initiative.
For more information, either visit the FUSA website or visit the FUSA office for further enquiries.
Interested in nominating for this position for 2014? Nominations close 20 September at 3pm - Nomination form here.
R U OK? Day is the national day of action held on the second Thursday of September (12 September 2013), and dedicated to reminding people to regularly check in with family and friends. For further information and resources go to RUOK website.
The Stepping Into summer internship campaign is officially open. Stepping Into is a paid internship program specifically designed for students with disability, who want to gain paid, hands on experience in an industry that is relevant to their degree and chosen field of study. The internship will take place in the summer of 2013/2014 during university end of year break. Internships are available at Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Please note applications close Monday, September 30, by 5pm.
To find out about the opportunities and how to apply, visit the website.
“MALSSA” (Multicultural Advocacy and Liaison Service of SA) has had a name change to Disability Rights Advocacy Service (DRAS). 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.
Take some time out of your regular day to practice developing a mindful approach to life. Mindfulness can be an effective way:
- To deal with stress
- Improve your general well being
- To increase your capacity to manage your studies
In the sessions you will learn about the principles of mindfulness and do some simple exercises that you can then put into practice.
The sessions will be held in Room 121 Humanities building each Wednesday from 12 – 12:50 (not during uni holidays).
For more information contact Anne Hayes Health, Counselling and Disability Services on firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 8201 2118
The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2014 is now open for applications. Students with a vision impairment seeking to study (or already studying) an accredited course at or above Certificate 4 level, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 2014 are invited to apply to receive adaptive technology to assist them in their studies.
Applications will close on 31 October 2013.
For more information and the application process please visit the Vision Australia website.
For enquiries please contact:
Dr Max Bini, Tertiary Education Consultant, Vision Australia
Freecall: 1300 847466
Direct line: 03 8378 1223
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 email@example.com.
Australian University Sport (AUS) is the peak governing body of university sport in Australia and currently has 41 members, which represents more than one million students.
Students with a disability may not be aware that a number of AUS events welcome students with disabilities. AUS believes sport participation is an integral aspect in health; a healthy body means a healthy mind.
For more info go visit UniSport.
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For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Apple - Accessibility
The Centre for Speech Technology Research - Festival Text-to-Speech Online Demo
Flinders University Graduate careers website – and visit the ‘Students with disabilities’ page.
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.
The DAs are located in Health, Counselling & Disability Services
Level 3, Student Centre
Paula Williams (Monday – alternate Fridays)
Phone 8201 2943 (direct line)
8201 2118 (to make an appointment)
Toni Crisci (Monday - Thursday)
Phone 8201 2118 (Health, Counselling & Disability Services)
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 (DOC 596KB) . It is helpful if you bring this to the first appointment, as it will expedite the process.
All information is treated as strictly confidential.