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  • Web link

    AHRC: Unjustifiable Hardship

    Link to the Australian Human Rights Commission Frequently Asked Question and answer "What does unjustifiable hardship mean?" in terms of the Disability Discrimination Act.

  • Article

    Academic Accommodation for Students with Psychiatric Disability - A Resource Book

    Students with psychiatric disabilities are entitled to reasonable academic accommodations under the DDA (1992) and Disability Standards for Education 2005. Providing effective accommodations allows students equal access to academic courses and activities. This resource is concerned with the impact of mental illness on academic pursuits, and the development of strategies to study successfully.

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    Competence standards and reasonable adjustments - UK

    ECU has produced guidance to support HEIs meet these institutional and legal responsibilities, and promote disability equality. The guidance provides information and examples on: understanding key concepts in disability legislation; the legal definition of competence standards and its relation to disability legislation; identifying and developing non-discriminatory competence standards; professional bodies and competence standards; considering reasonable adjustments in the assessment of competence standards; meeting competence standards on work placements and fieldwork; informing students of competence standards and their assessment.

    Detailed subject-based case studies have been produced for the: geography, earth and environmental sciences (GEES); modern languages; nursing; teaching; and, early years provision.

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    Fact Sheet for RTOs: Providing quality training and assessment to students with disability

    This fact sheet aims to help RTOs understand their obligations under the Standards and other relevant legislation.  Developed by ASQA, in conjunction with the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme at the University of Western Sydney. 

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    JobAccess: Employment Assistance Fund

    The Employment Assistance Fund (formerly Workplace Modification Scheme WMS) helps people with disability and mental health condition by providing financial assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. Assistance is available for people who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work.

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    Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability - JPED (Spring 2014) - (US)

    Volume 27 (1), Spring 2014

    • College Students with ADHD at Greater Risk for Sleep Disorders
    • Self-Report Assessment of Executive Functioning in College Students with Disabilities
    • Coaching and College Success
    • Assessing Metacognition as a Learning Outcome in a  Postsecondary Strategic Learning Course
    • Using the College Infrastructure to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum
    • (dis)Ability and Postsecondary Education: One Woman’s Experience
    • An Initial Investigation into the Role of Stereotype Threat in the Test Performance of College Students with Learning Disabilities
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    Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability - JPED (Summer 2013) - US

    The Summer edition (Volume 26, Issue 2) contains articles on: Faculty Mentorship and Transition Experiences of Students with Disabilities; Postsecondary Transition Services to Youth with Disabilities: Results of a Pilot Program; DSS and Accommodations in Higher Education: Perceptions of Students with Psychological Disabilities; Examination Accommodation for Students with Sensory Defensiveness; Students with Autism/Asperger’s: The Use of “Television Coaching”

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    Learning Access Plans - UTAS

    A Learning Access Plan (LAP) is the formal document developed through Disability Services that details the specialist services, study and assessment adjustments available to an individual student with disability and/or health condition (University of Tasmania example).

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    NCVER: Supporting tertiary students with a disability or mental illness: good practice guide

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has published a good practice guide that 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.

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

    This National Centre for Vocational Education Research explores the complex factors affecting the implementation of learning supports for students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions. It focuses on two types of learning support: individualised reasonable adjustments; and institution-level learning supports, the latter being available to all students.

    These supports can play an important role in improving outcomes for students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions in terms of their engagement with, and completion of, tertiary education. (Professor Ellie Fossey, Dr Lisa Chaffey, Dr Annie Venville, Ms Priscilla Ennals, Professor Jacinta Douglas, Professor Christine Bigby -  La Trobe University).

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