Disability Standards in Education
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Education Standards became federal law in August 2005. The DDA Education Standards set out the rights of students with a disability in the area of education. They also set out the obligations that education providers, such as Schools, TAFE's and Universities, must meet in order to ensure that all students with a disability, experience full and meaningful participation in education of their choice. For more information on the standards click here.
For information about whether the standards cover the provision of personal care such as feeding and toileting a student in an electric wheelchair click here.
University Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)
SEAS allows selection officers to grant extra consideration for course entry to applicants but it is not used as a replacement for course entry requirements. Applications are submitted on VTAC Click here for information about SEAS
Disability Liaison Officers at TAFE and University
Each TAFE and University has a Disability Liaison Officer who is responsible for ensuring that the TAFE or University provides appropriate reasonable adjustments and accommodations for students with a disability. When you go toTAFE or University it is recommended that you meet with the Disability Liaison Officer very early on to ensure the right supports are put in place for you to succeed in your studies.
For a list of Disability Liaison Officers in TAFE and Universities in Victoria click here
For a list of DLOs at Universities around Australia click here
For information regarding scholarships available specifically to students with a disability visit www.adcet.edu.au/Student_Resources/Financial__Matters/Scholarships_and_Awards.chpx
Click here if you would like a PDF summary of some of these scholarships with links for 2012-2013
You can also search for scholarships using the following websites:
Information Technology has proven to be one of the greatest aides for removing barriers to learning and participation for people in both education and employment. Assistive information technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology includes hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. For example, people with limited hand function may use a keyboard with large keys or a special mouse to operate a computer, people who are blind may use software that reads text on the screen in a computer-generated voice, people with low vision may use software that enlarges screen content, people who are deaf may use a TTY (text telephone), or people with speech impairments may use a device that speaks out loud as they enter text via a keyboard. A tremendous variety of assistive technology is available today, providing the opportunity for nearly all people to access information technology (IT).
Below is the EduApps Manual and a series of links to information related to a range of asistive softwares that are becoming more and more utilised within the work and learning environments, facilitating genuine participation for people with a broad range of disabilities.
Universal Design as an approach for including students with a disability in education.
Social exclusion for people with a disability as a result of limited opportunities within education has been a well researched and debated topic globally. A project to identify ways to improve the learning outcomes of students with disabilities in both compulsory and post compulsory education, undertaken by the University of Canberra on behalf of the Department of Education Employment and Workplace relations (DEEWR) in 2007, reported that the pedagogical focus must "shift from adaptations for special needs or disabilty to universal design pedagogy". For more information on Universal design click here.
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)
ADCET provides information about inclusive teaching and support services for people with disability in the postsecondary education and training sector. ADCET aims to improve access for people with disabilities in to post-secondary education and training. Click here if you would like to explore the ADCET website.
Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training, for Australian and international students. It has developed a comprehensive and valuable resource that contains current information for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), and provides guidance to assist you to support and engage learners with a disability from enrolment to graduation. This online resource can be found at www.adcet.edu.au/acpet