Who is eligible for AccessAbility support?
The majority of students with disability or medical conditions who require adjustments will need to register with AccessAbility. Students are required to provide the University with relevant medical documentation from a suitably qualified health professional to verify the nature of their disability or medical condition.
After consultation with a Student Support Advisor - Accessibility, AccessAbility will recommend adjustments and/or support for a student based on the medical documentation provided.
Students are eligible to register with AccessAbility if they:
- Have a disability
- Have a temporary or ongoing medical condition
- Experience injury or illness
- Are diagnosed with a medical or mental medical condition
- Are the primary carer of someone with a disability or medical condition
Support is available whether the student’s condition is permanent, fluctuating or temporary.
* For more information visit the Disability Discrimination-Education Standards website.
Disabilities and Medical Conditions
The definition of ‘disability’ under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) is broad. It includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities. Disability can be permanent or temporary. It includes someconditions not usually thought of as disabilities.
- Total or partial loss of physical or mental functions (e.g. a person who has quadriplegia, a broken leg, epilepsy, a brain injury or a vision or hearing impairment)
- Total or partial loss of part of the body (e.g. a person who has had an amputation)
- Infectious and non-infectious diseases and illnesses (e.g. a person who has hepatitis or a person with allergies)
- The malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of a person’s body (e.g. a person with diabetes or asthma, or a person with a birthmark or scar)
- A condition causing a person to learn differently from other people (e.g. a person with autism, dyslexia, or an intellectual disability)
- A condition that affects a person’s thought processes, understanding of reality, emotions or judgment, or that results in disturbed behaviour (e.g. a person with a mental illness, neurosis, or personality disorder)
- A condition that exists now, existed in the past, or may exist in the future (including having a genetic predisposition to that disability)
- A condition that is attributed to a person (e.g. a presumption that a person experiences disability)
- Behaviour that is a symptom or manifestation of a disability (e.g. bodily movements caused by Parkinson’s disease or behaviours of concern related to mental ill health).