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  • Video

    Benefits of disclosing your disability

    Why is it important to disclose my disability when enrolling? NDCO Region 22. Queensland

  • Article

    Careers for Graduates with Disability

    A Career Information Booklet developed for Graduate Careers Australia. The booklet provides information for Graduates with disability in areas such as disclosure of disability, starting a new job, negotiating workplace adjustments and knowing your rights in the workplace.

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    Choosing Your Path. Disclosure: It's a Personal Decision

    This resource addresses challenges for people with disabilities, employers and educators relating to disclosure of disability. The website provides substantial information about options and pathways that people with disabilities can use in disclosing their disability in post secondary education and employment environments.

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    Disclosing disability in the context of professional regulation: a qualitative UK study

    In the UK, the ‘fitness to practice’ criteria that allow regulatory bodies to use health standards to restrict entry to the human professions have resulted in some people with disabilities being excluded from this workforce. Disclosure of disability is therefore a risky process for those aiming to practice or train in nursing, social work and teaching. This research, commissioned to inform the Disability Rights Commission's Formal Investigation into fitness standards in the professions, was undertaken in 2006–07 and explored experiences of disability disclosure amongst professionals.

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    Disclosure of Disability

    There are many important things to consider when deciding on disclosing a disability whilst studying at university. The choice of whether to disclose is a decision that only the individual person can make. If students require any study adjustments or other support services they will be required to disclose this to relevant staff and provide supporting documentation about their disability, mental health or medical condition to the Disability Service. This video provides the perspective of 2 students experiences of disclosure at UniSA as well as advice from an academic and Disability Adviser.

  • Article

    Enhancing Self-Disclosure of Equity Group Membership: Report

    An investigation of self-disclosure by indigenous students, students with disabilities and students from non-English-speaking backgrounds at University. The purpose of this study was to inform future policy development by government and future equity practice by higher education providers. From this research, seven good practice guidelines to encourage self-disclosure are proposed, in addition to group-specific recommendations. (Colin Clark, Matthew Wilkinson and Rita Kusevskis-Hayes - UNSW)


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    Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability - JPED (Spring 2013) - US

    The Spring edition (Volume 26, Issue 1) contains articles on: Assessment of the Adult Writer; Identifying College Students At Risk for LD; Disclosure of Non-Apparent Disabilities to Receive Classroom Accommodations; Financial Barriers for Students with Non-apparent Disabilities; Assessing the Impact of ADHD Coaching Services on University Students; “b-Learning in a Distance Learning Graduate Program for Deaf Students;Assessing - High-Achieving Post-secondary Students with ADHD.

  • Article

    Preparing for higher education and TAFE: a guide for students with disability in Victoria

    This guide is designed to be a comprehensive resource for Victorian students with a disability, learning difficulty or chronic medical conditions who are considering university or TAFE as a training option. It will also provide extensive information for Careers Teachers and Parents. The handbook covers topics such as disclosure, forms of support, reasonable adjustments, financial support and legislation in addition to including a step by step guide on preparing for higher education.

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    Supporting Nursing and Midwifery Students with a Disability in Clinical Practice

    The University College of Dublin’s handbook is a resource guide for Clinical and Academic staff in supporting Nursing and Midwifery Students with a Disability in Clinical Practice. It outlines useful information on, disclosure, useful resources, the student’s journey to clinical practice and types of disabilities and their reasonable adjustments. It provides a guide to the provision of appropriate learning supports for nursing and midwifery students with a disability so that they have the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes and maximise their performance in clinical practice. (Howlin, F. & Halligan, P. (Eds.) (2011)).

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    To be or not to be ‘a disabled student’ in higher education: the case of a postgraduate non-declaring’ (disabled) student

    Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs: This paper draws on data from a research project that was funded by the UK's Higher Education Academy. In the UK, some students declare their disabled status on entry to a higher education institution, some do so once at the institution and some never let the institution know of their impairment. It is the perspectives of this latter group that are particularly difficult to access. Anna's experiences as a postgraduate student provide some insight into what may affect decisions about declaration of impairment. Drawing on a social-relational understanding of disability, factors that influenced her decision not to ‘declare’ and the consequent effect on her experience of higher education are explored.

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    Webinar: Enhancing Self-Disclosure of Equity Group Membership

    This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in August, 2017.  Presented by Rita Kusevskis-Hayes, Dr. Colin Clark and Matthew Wilkinson - UNSW project team.  This webinar was based around research that is investigating why members of equity groups choose not to self-identify to their universities, either upon enrolment or later. This webinar discussed: The purpose of the project; What is known so far from disclosure statistics and different disclosure practices and methods across institutions; and, What is not known.

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  • Article

    Worksheet: Understanding Your Study Requirements

    This worksheet will help you to understand your study requirements. It will also help you to understand how comfortable you are about disclosing your disability to other people. In addition the worksheet will help you to think about the impact that your disability may have on your studies and to identify services that you may want to access.

    Download: Worksheet (doc)
    Download: Worksheet (pdf)