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Disability Services

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We want to help remove barriers that students with medical conditions, injuries or disabilities may face in higher education. We aim to provide students with the tools to be successful and to ensure they have a rewarding experience at UOW. We also provide advice to UOW staff on inclusive teaching and learning practice, to ensure that UOW is a safe and equitable space for all our students.

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Disability Services: how we support you

Tracey: The disability service is committed to providing a community of support to students at UOW. We help students by providing a range of programs and support services that assist them to achieve their learning goals.

Harrison: So I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I have trouble reading and writing, so words move and I have trouble actually forming the words. My reasonable adjustment plan is a document that I can send to anyone at the uni and it sort of explains my disability in how I'd prefer to be taught. And there's different points and recommendations from class time and also giving me reason to have extensions on work. The technology, it is like access room in the library. You get your own little room and there's like programs like your own special computers with um this programs which um reads texts for you out loud. And then another program where I talk and then it types out essays and stuff. I've sort of come to terms that I do need this extra help now and I'm very glad I did cause I wouldn't have been able to gotten through without this help. There's nothing wrong with having a disability, it's just, it's how you learn. I would recommend it to anyone.

Emma: This year I started a first year undergraduate degree. I'm doing creative arts in the field of graphic design. I hadn't approached the disability service when I started at the college and I managed to get through the college without support. But it was very, very, very difficult. And I thought when I started my degree, I'd seek out my tutors and my lecturers and just let them know that I've got a very complicated life and I, I might need support at times. And one of the people I sought out was my student support advisor and she then referred me onto the disability service after I told her my story. With my reasonable adjustment documented, I was able to choose my tutorials before everyone else. And also if I was late with an assignment because of my anxiety causing issues to my ability to do it, I could then email either my disability liaison officer and have her email my tutors or email my tutors myself. And they were a little bit more lenient in with extensions and things like that. One of the biggest benefits for me in seeking the support was just knowing that someone had my back if I was struggling. I set myself up in case I failed. So I was able to ask for support before I needed it. And then the people who I to be there for me when I did need it, were they, because they were aware of me and aware of my needs specifically and how to help me.

We'd like you to do just one thing - get in touch with us. We view it as such a strength when people reach out to us and get the support they are entitled to and that they need. Our team are experienced in this area, they take your privacy very seriously, and they are keen to put in place support mechanisms to enable you to succeed at UOW. 

Our Disability Liaison Officers work with you to find out your personal needs and how we can best assist you in overcoming any related obstacles. This support ranges from equipment, to negotiating with staff, exam assistance or alternatives, note takers, assistive technology, independent learning programs, or linking in with other UOW services such as counselling or peer connection services. 

Students dealing with mental health issues, chronic illness and pain, sensory disabilities, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, temporary disabilities; or carers of people with a disability, please get in touch now. We're here to help. 

Jobs and disabilities - how do I manage both? (Webinar)

Keen to learn how best to disclose your disability in the workplace or when applying for jobs? How about ways to cope with the anxiety and barriers that arise in the job seeking and job keeping spaces when a disability is involved? Our Work Employment Consultant will show you how in this 1-hour webinar on 21 October from 12.30 pm.

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Getting support at UOW

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Uni wasn’t always on the cards for Jesse, who was born with a vision impairment known as Peters anomaly. The condition means he has about 5 per cent vision. With the help of electronic text books, his support worker and his guide dog, Onyx, he is defying the odds to study his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Wollongong in Bega. Jesse says 'It is a challenge, but it’s meant to be a challenge. If it was too easy there wouldn’t be any point going.'Jesse Edwards (UOW Bega)Full story: stand.uow.edu.au/home-town-tackling-uni
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