We seek to remove barriers that students with disabilities face
Students with a disability, injury or health condition that may impact their studies are encouraged to make contact with Griffith University’s Disabilities Service prior to, or upon, enrolment. Discover how the Disabilities Service supports students throughout their university journey find out more about common types of disabilities and related definitions.
Students can make an appointment with a disabilities service officer to discuss their particular needs. Our disabilities service can provide:
- recommendations for alternative assessment and examination conditions
- alternative formatting for print materials
- access to assistive technologies
- access to the peer note-taking service
- access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Support Program.
Indicating disability on enrolment doesn't automatically alert us to students' needs or entitle students to specialised support. Students who require assistance should make early contact with the disabilities service.
How the disabilities service supports students
- The student and disabilities service officer discuss the student’s needs, as they relate to potential impact on study and the accommodations or adjustments that may be required. The student provides any relevant documentation. This discussion and the information are kept confidential.
- The disabilities service officer establishes a set of accommodations or adjustments for the student, which may include: alternative formatting, alternative exam arrangements, assistive technologies, peer note-taking or specialised equipment.
- The disabilities service officer will liaise with areas of the University to ensure that these accommodations are put in place. For example, Exams and Timetables are notified regarding exam arrangements for all students with disabilities who need alternative exam arrangements.
- The disabilities service officer may also relay these accommodations to relevant course convenors as needed (with permission from students). For example, they may discuss arrangements for students undertaking lab sessions, workshops, or practicums to negotiate particular arrangements. Confidential information relating to the nature of the disability is not provided.
- The student is emailed to confirm arrangements. The student may meet with staff to undertake training in assistive technology, or other equipment, and may also meet with the disabilities service officer to discuss emerging issues or changes to arrangements.
The disabilities service does not automatically let all course convenors know that there is a person with a disability in their class. Students are encouraged to make disclosures as necessary, usually in cases where they may need an extension on assessment items. The disabilities service may provide supporting documentation to students stating that the student is registered with the service.
Griffith is committed to accessibility and inclusion in all spheres of activity.
As staff members, our goal is to support the retention and success of students at Griffith. Regardless of whether we have professional or academic roles within the University, we are all responsible for ensuring there are no limitations to accessing Griffith’s physical, digital, learning and working environments.
The University’s legislative obligations and strategic commitment to removing barriers for people working and studying with disabilities are enshrined our strategic plans and policies.