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NCVER: Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has published: Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice and an accompanying good practice guide.

Providing educational support to students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions can play an important role in improving their outcomes, in terms of engagement with, and completion of, tertiary education.

This research explores the complex factors affecting the implementation of learning supports to assist students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions and provides examples of best practice. It finds that students, disability services staff, and teachers are all important in identifying support needs, developing support plans and negotiating how learning can be reasonably adjusted to meet an individual’s needs. However, these viewpoints differ highlighting the need for greater collaboration to provide relevant and effective learning supports.

The Good practice guide outlines a set of principles that teaching staff and disability services staff can implement to provide additional supports for students with a disability or mental illness.

Both the report and the good practice guide are freely available from the NCVER Portal.