28 November 2018
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)
3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates and recognises the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disability. USC recognises IDPwD annually as one of its National and International days of significance.
This year is the 25th anniversary of IDPwD and the theme is empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
USC celebrates the diversity that all students bring to our classrooms and our community. USC’s Disability Action Plan sets out how USC provides equitable access to quality education for students with a disability, including:
- making reasonable adjustments to course content, delivery and assessment methods
- fostering and encouraging positive and informed staff and student attitudes towards people with disabilities
- providing resources and staff development opportunities to assist staff to meet the learning and support needs of students with disabilities
- promoting the use of inclusive language in reference to disability issues and people with disabilities
- ensuring our buildings, facilities and services are accessible.
In 2018, significant achievements include:
- Diversity Week activities, speaker and VC award
- Chancellor medal awarded to Lars Karlstroem, a USC graduate who is blind
- Above national average access and participation rates for students with a disability
- Change of name from Disability Services to AccessAbility Services to reflect a more inclusive approach.
USC is committed to empowering students with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.