Additional support is available to students diagnosed with a condition that makes completing their studies difficult.
In Australia, the term disability refers to a diverse range of conditions. Disability can be invisible to other people and vary from person to person. Disabilities may include:
- physical disabilities (broken limbs, sight or hearing impairment, or use of a wheelchair for mobility)
- specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia
- psychological conditions, such as depression or anxiety
- developmental conditions, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- medical conditions, such as migraines or epilepsy.
Conditions that affect your ability to study can be short-term impairments. For instance, a broken arm might prevent you from writing for six weeks and you require additional writing or typing support. Other conditions can be ongoing or permanent like ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder or hearing impairment.
Ask your medical professional to complete the form. If your doctor provides a report that is not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation of the document. There are two different ways of completing the registration form. You can choose which one you prefer.
Option 1: Complete the editable pdf. Once you and your medical professional have completed the form, save it to your device (laptop or PC). Then attach the saved document and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2: Complete the DocuSign form providing you and your medical professional’s name and email address. You will both receive a link for an electronic form to complete.
A Disability Support Services (DSS) staff member will contact you and ask you to book a suitable time for an interview. Interviews can be held via Zoom, phone or on-campus. A Disability Adviser will then identify what support will be helpful for you, discuss your condition, how it affects your study, and what has helped you to study in the past.
DSS will email you and the College to advise what additional support they recommend for you. Your teachers and the Exams Unit are also notified.
Speak with a Counsellor
Counsellors are here to help if you need assistance applying for Additional Support or discussing your Disability Support options.