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Supporting your Students with Disabilities

Course description

Students with disabilities can approach a Disability Advisor who may develop an Access Plan suggesting possible reasonable adjustments for the student - to their study arrangements and/or study environment.  This workshop recognises that disabilities come in many forms and most are not visible, and that meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005 can be challenging.  At the same time, it is recognised that there needs to be a balance with the inherent requirements of courses and topics.

This workshop will be jointly facilitated by Disability Advisors and Manager Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

The workshop will cover the basic requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and will explore different adjustments that can be made to assist students to study.

Type of course



Kirsten Read
Health Counselling & Disability Services

Lauren Riessen
Health Counselling & Disability Services

Who should attend

This workshop is open to all Managers and Supervisors of students, including Course and Topic Coordinators.  Not all students with disabilities identify themselves or seek adjustments, and the concepts covered in this workshop will be of benefit to all academic staff with teaching or research supervision responsibilities.

What you will learn

This workshop will cover the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, including the concepts of Reasonable Adjustment, Inherent Requirements, Unjustifiable Hardship, Discrimination and Victimisation.

Discussion will seek to broaden knowledge of the possibilities for making adjustments to a student's study arrangements or study enviornment, by exploring different ways to assist.

It will provide a space to explore difficulties and challenges, as well as to share best practice examples of supporting students with disabilities.

Prerequisites / assumed knowledge

Completion of EO Online Modules 1 and 2, which can be accessed at http://www.flinders.edu.au/equal-opportunity/tools_resources/eo-online/eo-online.cfm