The University of Newcastle, Australia

Students with a disability (AccessAbility)

Students with a disability or medical condition, as well as full-time carers, can access support systems via AccessAbility.

To access these supports:

Each request for support is assessed on an individual basis. Access to some services can take up to four weeks ­– so contact us as early as possible.

Who is eligible for disability support?

AccessAbility can provide support whether your condition is permanent, fluctuating or temporary. We also offer support if you are the primary carer of someone with a disability or medical condition.

The definition of ‘disability’ under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is broad and includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities.

Disability can include:

  • 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).

After consultation with a Student Support Advisor - Accessibility, AccessAbility will recommend adjustments and/or support for you based on the medical documentation you have provided.

For more information, visit the Disability Discrimination-Education Standards website.