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Reasonable Adjustments: Health Conditions

Reasonable adjustments are an important strategy to support students with disability while studying or training. Adjustments are negotiated to meet the needs of the individual student; this is predominantly done through a Disability Practitioner within the institution the student attends. They can include a wide range of adjustments outlined below. 

Students who have health conditions that impact upon their ability to study may benefit from a range of inclusive teaching and assessment strategies.  Some adjustments that are frequently used for students who have health conditions include:

  • recording of lectures
  • provision of a note-taker
  • extensions to deadlines
  • provision of reading lists at the before the start of the course
  • provision of a peer mentor
  • provision of one-to-one sessions with a tutor or learning support worker
  • advance notice of topics to be covered and assignments to be completed
  • negotiation regarding attendance requirements
  • negotiation of how assessment materials are presented for marking
  • additional time for exams
  • negotiation of take home/alternative exams if appropriate
  • suspension of assessment and negotiation of enrolment status where possible when the health condition enters and active phase.