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SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS with • disability • medical conditions • learning difficulties

GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Contents Who can get assistance?�����������������������������3 Disability Liaison Officer������������������������������3 Accessing study support������������������������������3 What assistance is provided?����������������������4 Texts in alternative formats�����������������������������5 Study Skills�����������������������������������������������������5 Literacy and study skills support software�����6 Flexible Learning Arrangements�����������������8 Disability Education Standards�������������������8 Reasonable Adjustments... �����������������������������9 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan��������� 10 Useful internet sites����������������������������������� 11 Further Information������������������������������������12

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Great Southern Institute of Technology welcomes all students and promotes an accessible and inclusive learning environment. If you have a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty, Great Southern Institute has a range of services to assist you participate in your course.

Who can get assistance? Anyone with a physical, developmental, sensory, neurological or learning disability, medical condition, or mental illness which may impact on their study at the institute can access assistance.

Disability Liaison Officer The institute has a Disability Liaison Officer to provide information and advice, and coordinate individual study support for students. The Disability Liaison Officer is available at the Customer Service Centre, Albany Campus, from Monday to Thursday. Regional students are encouraged to contact their local campus coordinator or the Disability Liaison Officer to talk about their needs. Appointments can be made for regional campuses.

Accessing study support You are encouraged to talk with your lecturers, the course coordinator, or the Disability Liaison Officer, about the impact that your disability or medical condition may have on your study. They will work with you to meet your study needs and ensure you are not disadvantaged. 3


If you require assistance at the institute it is your responsibility to make contact as early as possible and be willing to discuss what assistance you need. You may be asked to bring along reports from health practitioners or educational psychologists to provide some evidence of the nature of your disability and to help us understand your study needs. Any information you give will be treated confidentially. You are not obliged to disclose your disability. However, if you choose not to do this, institute staff may not be able to meet your specific needs.

What assistance is provided? The types of services that can be provided include: • Individual orientation to the institute • Assistance with parking or access to facilities • Assistance with enrolment • Alternative formats for written materials including texts, such as electronic formats and large print • Alternative assessment arrangements such as extra time, note taker support, oral or alternative assessment • Individual study support such as a note taker, tutor or in-class assistant • Specialised and ergonomic equipment (height-adjustable tables, computer software) 4


• Ongoing support • Liaison with institute staff • Referral to other support services.

Texts in alternative formats Alternative formats are available for texts and other learning material. If you would like an electronic copy, large print version or another format, please contact your lecturer or the Disability Liaison Officer as soon as possible, as these may take some time to arrange.

Study Skills Study Skills support is available for all students. Come along to a Study Skills Drop-in Session and bring along your assessments or class work. The Study Skills lecturers can help you with improving your study skills, reading and understanding your texts, writing and taking notes, editing and proofreading your assessments, studying for a test and loads more. You can check the times at the library.

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Literacy and study skills support software Literacy and study skills support software, textHELP Read&Write GOLD, is available on all student computers at Great Southern Institute. The Read&Write GOLD tool bar ‘floats’ on top of any Windows application providing literacy and study skills support whenever you want to use it. This software can read aloud electronic documents including Microsoft Word documents, PDF files, scanned documents, even emails and internet pages. It can help with typing and spelling, and also has study and research tools.

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Find out more about the program. Ask your lecturer, Study Skills lecturers or library staff. TextHELP Read&Write GOLD is also available on loan from the library for you to use on your computer at home. For more information on assistive technology for computers go to: www.abilitynet.org.uk/. If you are having any difficulties participating in your course or using the facilities at the institute please talk to us about how we can meet your study needs.

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Flexible Learning Arrangements • Studying part-time If you would like to start a course but are unable to study full time, options are available to study on a part-time basis. Please talk to the Course Coordinator, Regional Campus Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Officer. • Flexible or Online Learning A range of courses is available through flexible learning or online study. For more information Phone: 9892 8888 Freecall: 1800 675 781 Email: info@gsit.wa.edu.au If you are studying at the institute and become unwell, please talk with your course coordinator or the Disability Liaison Officer about making flexible arrangements to continue your course, such as studying at home, in hospital or online. Extensions on assessments can be organised if you let your lecturers know before the due date and provide a medical certificate.

Disability Education Standards Disability Education Standards aim to ensure that people with disability can access and participate in education and training free from discrimination and on the same basis as other students. The standards set out the rights of students with disability and the obligations of education providers. 8


The institute is obliged to: • Consult with you • Make reasonable adjustments • Eliminate harassment and victimisation

Reasonable Adjustments Making reasonable adjustments means making changes, providing assistance or alternatives to give you the same opportunities in training as a person without a disability.

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Reasonable adjustments do not: • Give you an advantage over other students • Change the need for you to meet course standards and outcomes • Guarantee you success – you still need to do the work and complete assessments If you think that you are being treated unfairly, do not have the same opportunities as other students to participate in training or are being victimised or harassed, please talk with your lecturer, course coordinator or the Disability Liaison Officer. You can also give your feedback to Student Services using the ‘What Do You Think’ brochure or by speaking to staff.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan The institute has developed a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan to ensure that our services, facilities and events are available and accessible to all people, including people with disability. The plan is available on the institute website at www.gsit.wa.edu.au and in alternative formats on request from the Disability Liaison Officer at Student Services, Albany campus. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome.

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If you think you may need some assistance, making early contact helps us to make arrangements for your study needs.

ALL ENQUIRIES ARE CONFIDENTIAL USEFUL INTERNET SITES www.adcet.edu.au/ This website provides information to assist people with disability move from school into training and higher education and then into their chosen career.

www.answd.org/

The Australasian Network of Students With Disabilities (ANSWD) is a student organisation, advocating, promoting, lobbying and campaigning on disability issues.

www.uws.edu.au/ndco/ employment The Education to Employment package provides information, services, resources and contacts for graduates with disability, and employers.

www.adcet.edu.au/oao Opening All Options II provides information and resources about learning disabilities and ADHD in education and training. 11


Further Information

For further information please contact: Wendy Macliver Disability Liaison Officer and Study Support Coordinator Great Southern Institute of Technology 5 Anson Road ALBANY WA 6330 Phone:  (08) 9892 8741 Freecall: 1800 675 781 Fax: (08) 9892 8898 Email:wendy.macliver@gsit.wa.edu.au Internet: www.gsit.wa.edu.au

This brochure is available in alternative formats on request. Current version 2013.

FREECALL 1800 675 781 www.gsit.wa.edu.au RMA 1236

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Disability brochure