Disability and equity

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Disability and equity

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Disability Services ensure equal access to all aspects of university life. If your studies are affected by a disability, learning disorder, injury or illness, or you are a primary carer for someone, Disability Services can provide assistance, advocacy, and reasonable academic adjustments.

Individual support

You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with Disability Services as early as possible, through Student Wellbeing. Disability Services can provide practical advice about the support and facilities available to you throughout the University and to ensure access to appropriate accommodations and services.

Who should see us

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the University of the Sunshine Coast recognises that a disability may be permanent or temporary and may take the following forms:

  • physical
  • psychiatric
  • sensory
  • learning
  • intellectual
  • neurological
  • a chronic medical condition (eg heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome), or
  • the presence in the body of disease-causing organisms

Disability Services can also assist with support for students who are a primary carer for anyone meeting the above criteria or whom care for someone considered frail aged.

Please note: A carer is defined by the Carer Recognition Act 2010 as “an individual who provides personal care, support and assistance to another individual who needs it because that other individual (a) has a disability; or (b) has a medical condition (including a terminal or chronic illness); or (c) has a mental illness; or (d) is frail and aged… An individual is not a carer merely because he or she (a) is the spouse, de facto partner, parent, child or other relative of an individual, or is the guardian of an individual; or (b) lives with an individual who requires care.

What to expect at your appointment

You and your Disability Adviser will:

  • discuss the impact of your condition or carer responsibilities on academic work and functioning
  • develop a Learning Access Plan for you to provide to academic staff

Prior to your appointment:

  • Have documentation concerning the nature of your disability or medical condition or role as a carer available from a medical or specialist practitioner. You can provide us with:
  • Keep Disability Services up to date in relation to your disability related circumstances, needs, and contact details.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

Book an appointment

Current USC students: Book online via the Student Hub

Campus In person Tel:
Sippy Downs Ground Floor, Building E +61 7 5430 1226
USC Fraser Coast Building A +61 7 4128 5200
USC Gympie 71 Cartwright Road +61 7 5456 5800
USC SouthBank Building A4 (SW1) +61 7 5409 8600

Office hours: Monday–Friday: 8.30am–5pm
EmailDisabilitySupport@usc.edu.au

Skype and phone consults available upon request. Please contact Disability Services for further information.

Thinking about studying at USC?

You’re welcome to meet with our Disability Advisers about studying at USC and finding out more about how we can support you.

Make an appointment by calling a campus close to you.

Confidentiality

Disclosure of information is voluntary. The information you provide is treated as private and confidential. No information is released without your written consent, except where required or authorised by law. You have the right to access any information that Disability Services holds about you. The University's Information Privacy Policy is on the USC website.

Students will be encouraged to discuss (or allow the Disability Services staff to discuss) the effect of their disability on their learning, with staff who are asked to make reasonable adjustments.

Services and facilities

There are a range of disability support services and facilities available to you. For further information and to access these services, contact Student Wellbeing at your campus.

Download the USC Accessibility Resource Sippy Downs brochure (PDF 1.5MB) for further information.

Physical access

Every building and level on campus has wheelchair access. There are lifts in all buildings and Braille signage.

For vision impaired students, mobility training and assistance with orientation can be accessed through the local representative of the Guide Dogs Association.

A motorised scooter is available to students who have mobility difficulties for use on campus. To be eligible to access the scooter, you must be registered with the Disability Adviser.

Better hearing

Hearing loops for students with hearing impairment are available in some lecture theatres and at the Library Loans Desk.

Parking

USC provides parking for people with a mobility disability at a number of designated disabled parking spaces across the campus at no cost.

The University no longer issues its own Disability Parking Permits. If you require accessible parking at USC, you must obtain a permit from Queensland Transport or another state or territory issuing authority.

For more information refer to parking at USC.

Access card

Students with mobility difficulties may be eligible for swipe-card access to the bottom of the lecture theatres and for after-hours lift access.

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in all buildings. The Arts and Business building (Building D) has a hoist for use in the wheelchair accessible toilet. This building also contains a parent's room, with a chair and ample sink and bench space, which can be used for taking medication in privacy.

Respite Room

The respite room is available for staff and students who have a pre-existing medical condition and need to rest for short periods.

Telephones

Wheelchair accessible telephones are available campus-wide.

Adaptive Technologies

Training and support in the use of specialised software, hardware and peripherals can be arranged for eligible students. Available software includes JAWS, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read&Write Gold, and OpenBook (with Pearl camera).

Alternative formatting of course materials and exams

Course materials and exams can be made available in alternative formats for students with vision impairment or print disability.

Assessment support

The University can make available:

  • extra time for assessments or examinations
  • assessment via different modes, such as oral or electronically
  • personal assistance such as a scribe, sign interpreter or reader
Equipment loans

A limited pool of equipment such as digital voice recorders, a laptop computer and hearing loop equipment are available for loan to eligible students.

Lockers

Lockers are free for hire for short or long term access for students with disabilities.

Interpreters-sign

Interpreter support can be arranged - with advance notice, for students who have severe hearing impairments.

Note-taking

Note-taking can be arranged for students who experience significant difficulty with accessing lecture material, for example, due to a hearing impairment or manual dexterity problem.

Note-taking is provided each semester by student volunteers who agree to share their notes with peers. It may take a couple of weeks to identify a volunteer, and there will be some variation in the timeliness and style of notes.

Alternative exam arrangements

Adjustments may be made to standard exam arrangements for eligible students. These include provisions such as extra time, scribes/readers, use of a computer, provision of exam paper in alternative format and ergonomic furniture.

Library services

The Library provides services for students with a disability including retrieving materials from shelves and extended loan periods.

Physical access

Every building and level on campus has wheelchair access. There is a lift in B Block which provides access to level 2 in B and C Block. There are wheel chair friendly tables in both A and B lecture theatres, and an adjustable height desk in B Block.

For vision impaired students, mobility training and assistance with orientation can be accessed through the local representative of the Guide Dogs Association on student request.

Better hearing

Currently there is a hearing loop for students with hearing impairment available in lecture theatre B104.

Parking

USC provides 4 dedicated disabled parking bays for people with a mobility disability at no cost.

If you require accessible parking at USC, you must obtain a permit from Queensland Transport or another state or territory issuing authority.

For more information refer to parking at USC.

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets and shower facilities are available in all buildings. Each of these rooms also contain a baby change table. A Block also contains a dedicated private parent feeding room with a comfortable chair.

Telephones

Wheelchair accessible telephones are available campus-wide.

Adaptive Technologies

Training and support in the use of specialised software, hardware and peripherals can be arranged for eligible students. Available software includes JAWS, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read&Write Gold, and OpenBook (with Pearl camera).

Alternative formatting of course materials and exams

Course materials and exams can be made available in alternative formats for students with vision impairment or print disability.

Assessment support

The University can make available:

  • extra time for assessments or examinations
  • assessment via different modes, such as oral or electronically
  • personal assistance such as a scribe, sign interpreter or reader
Interpreters-sign

Interpreter support can be arranged - with advance notice, for students who have severe hearing impairments.

Note-taking

Note-taking can be arranged for students who experience significant difficulty with accessing lecture material, for example, due to a hearing impairment or manual dexterity problem.

Note-taking is provided each semester by student volunteers who agree to share their notes with peers. It may take a couple of weeks to identify a volunteer, and there will be some variation in the timeliness and style of notes.

Alternative  exam arrangements

Adjustments may be made to standard exam arrangements for eligible students. These include provisions such as extra time, scribes/readers, use of a computer, provision of exam paper in alternative format and ergonomic furniture.

Library services

The Library provides services for students with a disability including retrieving materials from shelves and extended loan periods.

Physical access

Every building and level on campus has wheelchair access. There are lifts in all buildings and Braille signage.

For vision impaired students, mobility training and assistance with orientation can be accessed through the local representative of the Guide Dogs Association.

Better hearing

Hearing loops for students with hearing impairment are available from the Student Central – Gympie counter.

Parking

USC provides parking for people with a mobility disability at a number of designated disabled parking spaces across the campus at no cost.

The University no longer issues its own Disability Parking Permits. If you require accessible parking at USC, you must obtain a permit from Queensland Transport or another state or territory issuing authority.

For more information refer to parking at USC.

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in on the ground floor of the USC Gympie building this toilet also contains a baby change table, shower and fold down bench space, which can be used for taking medication in privacy.

Telephones

Wheelchair accessible telephones are available campus-wide.

Adaptive Technologies

Training and support in the use of specialised software, hardware and peripherals can be arranged for eligible students. Available software includes JAWS, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read&Write Gold, and OpenBook (with Pearl camera).

Alternative formatting of course materials and exams

Course materials and exams can be made available in alternative formats for students with vision impairment or print disability.

Assessment support

The University can make available:

  • extra time for assessments or examinations
  • assessment via different modes, such as oral or electronically
  • personal assistance such as a scribe, sign interpreter or reader
Equipment loans

A limited pool of equipment such as a laptop computer and hearing loop equipment are available for loan to eligible students.

Interpreters-sign

Interpreter support can be arranged - with advance notice, for students who have severe hearing impairments.

Note-taking

Note-taking can be arranged for students who experience significant difficulty with accessing lecture material, for example, due to a hearing impairment or manual dexterity problem.

Note-taking is provided each semester by student volunteers who agree to share their notes with peers. It may take a couple of weeks to identify a volunteer, and there will be some variation in the timeliness and style of notes.

Alternative exam arrangements

Adjustments may be made to standard exam arrangements for eligible students. These include provisions such as extra time, scribes/readers, use of a computer, provision of exam paper in alternative format and ergonomic furniture.

Library services

The Library provides services for students with a disability including retrieving materials from shelves and extended loan periods.

Physical access

Every building and level on campus has wheelchair access. There are lifts in all buildings and Braille signage.

For vision impaired students, mobility training and assistance with orientation can be accessed through the local representative of the Guide Dogs Association.

Better hearing

Hearing loops for students with hearing impairment are available in some lecture theatres and at the Library Loans Desk.

Parking

USC provides parking for people with a mobility disability at a number of designated disabled parking spaces across the campus at no cost.

The University no longer issues its own Disability Parking Permits. If you require accessible parking at USC, you must obtain a permit from Queensland Transport or another state or territory issuing authority.

For more information refer to parking at USC.

Access card

Students with mobility difficulties may be eligible for swipe-card access to the bottom of the lecture theatres and for after-hours lift access.

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in all buildings.

Telephones

Wheelchair accessible telephones are available campus-wide.

Adaptive Technologies

Training and support in the use of specialised software, hardware and peripherals can be arranged for eligible students. Available software includes JAWS, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read&Write Gold, and OpenBook (with Pearl camera).

Alternative formatting of course materials and exams

Course materials and exams can be made available in alternative formats for students with vision impairment or print disability.

Assessment support

The University can make available:

  • extra time for assessments or examinations
  • assessment via different modes, such as oral or electronically
  • personal assistance such as a scribe, sign interpreter or reader
Equipment loans

A limited pool of equipment is available for loan to eligible students.

Interpreters-sign

Interpreter support can be arranged - with advance notice, for students who have severe hearing impairments.

Note-taking

Note-taking can be arranged for students who experience significant difficulty with accessing lecture material, for example, due to a hearing impairment or manual dexterity problem.

Note-taking is provided each semester by student volunteers who agree to share their notes with peers. It may take a couple of weeks to identify a volunteer, and there will be some variation in the timeliness and style of notes.

Alternative exam arrangements

Adjustments may be made to standard exam arrangements for eligible students. These include provisions such as extra time, scribes/readers, use of a computer, provision of exam paper in alternative format and ergonomic furniture.

Library services

The Library provides services for students with a disability including retrieving materials from shelves and extended loan periods.

Disability Action Plan

The purpose of the Disability Action Plan is to assist the University in providing equal access to quality education for the whole community, improve the teaching and learning environment for students and staff, and to raise awareness of disability issues and responsibilities as a foundation for good practice in equitable service provision.

More information

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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