Self-advocacy is an important part of University life for students with a disability. Talking to your lecturer and/or your Faculty Disability Adviser early in each semester about your support needs and any perceived problems can lay the groundwork for a constructive and positive student/lecturer relationship. Often this is all that is required for adjustments for lectures, tutorials and assessment tasks to be agreed upon and implemented.
Where self-advocacy is not an option or has become problematic Disability Support staff are available to advocate on your behalf. This may include assistance negotiating reasonable adjustments as well as providing lecturers with information and advice regarding:
- Services offered by the Disability Support Service and the Adaptive Technology Centre
- The Disability Discrimination Act
- The Policy on Students with a Disability
- The Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning - Student Responsibilities