A reasonable adjustment (RA) is a mechanism put in place to ensure that students with a medical condition, injury or disability can access and participate in higher education on the same basis as students without. It essentially aims to remove barriers to ensure full participation in learning – where the emphasis is on access, not on outcome.
The Disability Standards for Education 2005 states that an adjustment is a measure or action (or a group of measures or actions) taken by an education provider that has the effect of assisting a student with a disability:
- in relation to an admission or enrolment — to apply for the admission or enrolment; and
- in relation to a course or program — to participate in the course or program; and
- in relation to facilities or services — to use the facilities or services; on the same basis as a student without a disability, and includes an aid, a facility, or a service that the student requires because of his or her disability.
An adjustment is considered reasonable in relation to a student with a disability if it balances the interests of all parties affected. Determining what is reasonable is done in consultation with our service and academic staff.
Reasonable Adjustment measures may include:
- In class supports eg: access to lecture recordings and note-takers
- Assessment measures eg: additional time, alternative exam preparations
- Assistive technology and training
- Accessibility measures for hearing and vision impairment
- Accessibility measures for physical impairment
- Educational Support – transition mentors, and organisational skill development
- Peer to peer subject content mentoring
- Learning disability support
How do I get a Reasonable Adjustment put in place?
3 simple steps:
- Registration: Register with us online so we can set you up with the right support.
- Initial consultation: Once you've submitted the online registration form, we will contact you within around 48 hours to set up a consultation. This will be with a member of our team who will consider your health and study circumstances to determine how best to support you.
We do tend to get very busy during session start though. Be assured we will contact you within 48 hours however the wait may be a little longer for your consultation at that time - up to 2 weeks.
- Supporting documentation: You will also need to provide supporting documentation. You would normally submit this with your online registration however if this is not possible, we will chat to you about the requirements when setting up your consultation. You will need to bring it along to that first consult so we can successfully complete the registration process.
Just keep in mind that it’s really important to let us know sooner rather than later what you're dealing with so we can work with you to complete your registration and put in place any adjustments or agreed supports as soon as possible.
What happens when my Reasonable Adjustment plan is ready?
Your Reasonable Adjustment plan - detailing the support mechanisms being put in place, for how long and by whom - will be sent to you and the following people by your Disability Liaison Officer:
- Subject coordinators (sent out on first day of each session for enrolled subjects)
- Exam team (AEAs only)
- If you are a UOW College student, it will be sent to your first set of teachers, however you will need to send it on yourself to any new teaching staff after that initial period, including when subjects change.
Your RA plan is sent out to ensure that all relevant parties involved in your UOW journey are across your situation and can effectively support you throughout. At the time your plan is created, you would have discussed how you wanted your adjustments to be explained to others and therefore, nothing will be shared in ways that you do not wish.
You might also like to consider sending your plan on to your tutors, however that decision is up to you.
Keep in mind throughout each session that if your circumstances change or your reasonable adjustment plan changes, it is best to keep everyone updated so they can best support you.