DLO Support

DLO Support  

Please note - This website is currently being updated, contact the Disability service for current information. 

Negotiating with University Staff Time extensions
Access to aids Access to equipment
Access to food, drink or medication Readers and scribes
Separate supervision Room fittings
Complaints or grievances  

Negotiating with University Staff 

There may be occasions when students need to negotiate reasonable accommodation for their disability with academic and general staff of the University. The Disability Liaison Officer can assist with these negotiations.

The Disability Liaison Officer is available to discuss with academic staff teaching strategies or services, which are appropriate for students with disability, who are enrolled in their subjects. The DLO can provide teaching staff with advice on:

  • how disability affects study;
  • alternative formats for reference material;
  • adapting alternative assessments to accommodate students' specific abilities;
  • alternative teaching strategies.

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Time extensions 

Time extensions may be provided during examinations when there are significant demands on reading, writing and comprehension skills as well as physical and psychological aspects of stress or pain management and endurance.

Extra time may be utilised to accommodate reading, writing and comprehension for a student with a learning disability or visual impairment, or it may be allowed for time-out for a specific activity. Time-out may be required to facilitate the demands of managing the disability during the examination; eg. extra time may be required to make up for a prescribed period of time utilised by the student to monitor his or her disability, stretch or rest.

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Access to aids 

Dictionaries, a thesaurus, computer spell check or grammar check may assist with essay or language based examinations.

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Access to equipment 

Some students may need access to assistive technology to enable them to complete an examination or assessment task. The provision of an ergonomic chair, sloping table or foot rest may reduce discomfort during an examination or class test.

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Access to food, drink or medication 

This access will be provided if recommended by a medical specialist.

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Readers and scribes 

Some students may require a reader or scribe during examinations.

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Separate supervision 

Arrangements can be made, if necessary, for students to undertake exams in a separate, quiet room with individual supervision.

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Room fittings 

Exam rooms may need to be free of fluorescent lighting, which may disrupt concentration and cause visual disturbances. Access to a power point, a bed or toilets may be necessary.

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Complaints or grievances 

To register a complaint or grievance please email Disability Services or contact Student Complaints/Grievances.

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Last reviewed: 29 March, 2016