We see your ability and we are committed to your study success

We support students studying through Griffith University, Griffith College and Open Universities Australia. Find out about the support we provide to people with disabilities, injuries or health conditions.

We seek to remove barriers that students with disabilities may face in higher education. We also aim to improve participation, retention and success of students with disabilities, including access to learning environments.

Flexible contact

You can contact the Disabilities Service in a variety of ways and arrange adjustments by phone, email, face-to-face or Skype.

We require early notification in order to best assist you with adjustments to your studies. There are three easy steps to registering:

  1. Register (by phone, email or face-to-face)
  2. Provide documentation and find out more about appointment options
  3. Make an appointment (either by phone, email, face-to-face or Skype)

Our services

Our campus-based Disabilities Service Officers can assist with:

  • arranging alternative exam conditions such as additional time, separate venues, equipment etc
  • formatting print materials into other formats
  • captioning or transcription of audio-visual materials
  • access to assistive technologies
  • access to notetaking services
  • access Auslan interpreting and support for Deaf and hard of hearing students
  • access to participation assistants or other support as appropriate.

We customise reasonable adjustments to meet your particular needs. We require early notification in order to best assist you with adjustments to your studies.

We do not provide tutoring or personal care.

Who do we support?

Anyone with a disability, injury or health condition whether it is permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating can access the Disabilities Service.

The Disabilities Service supports students who have a wide range of disabilities or conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Neurodiverse conditions such as Autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, auditory processing disorders
  • Hearing impairments
  • Injuries that are temporary such as broken or sprained limbs, or recovery from surgery or injury
  • Medical conditions such as epilepsy, arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, neurological conditions, and chronic pain.
  • Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder etc
  • Mobility issues such as back injuries, spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries
  • Vision impairments

Even if you feel your disability or condition is under control it is good to talk to us about your options for support while studying.

Your appointments with Disability Services are free and confidential.

We can also provide support and referral to other services such as Health and Medical Services, Counselling, Welfare, Library and Learning Services, the GUMURRII Student Support Unit and mentoring programs.

Staff resources

If you are a staff member supporting people with a disability, check out the Accessibility and Inclusion website.

Be informed about:

  • supporting students with a disability
  • supporting staff with a disability
  • accessible learning environments
  • legislation and policy
  • staff awareness training (online and face-to-face)
  • best practice examples and resources

DOCUMENTATION

You'll need to provide recent supporting documentation from a health practitioner which outlines:

  • the nature of your disability, injury or medical condition
  • the impact your disability, injury or health condition may have on your studies
  • the impacts of your medication, if you are taking any.

The documentation must be presented on letterhead and be signed, dated and legible. Our Disabilities Service Officers maintain confidentiality and privacy with respect to your documentation and information. Alternatively, you can download the Medical Evidence Form for your health practitioner to complete.

More information on documentation

DISCLOSURE AND CONFIDENTIALITY

Disclosing your disability is a very personal decision. We encourage students with disabilities to contact our disabilities service to discuss supports and services to enable full participation in all learning activities at Griffith. Anything you discuss with our disabilities services officers is kept confidential and only discussed with other staff with your permission and in accordance with the Privacy Plan. If you are taking part in learning activities, you may also wish to review and complete the Griffith University Disclosure Statement.

We also have useful information about preparing a disclosure script to help you have discussions with staff about your disability or health condition.

Preparing a disclosure script [Word]

Further information on disclosure can also be accessed on the Disclosure, it's a personal decision developed by the National Disability Coordination Office.

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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY 

We have eight Assistive Technology Labs across our campuses. These labs contain computers tailored to students who are vision-impaired or have a learning or physical disability.

Workstations in the labs contain:

  • screen-enlargement software (JAWS Screen Reader)
  • screen-reading software (ZoomText)
  • voice-recognition software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking)
  • word-processing software for users with reading and writing difficulties (Read&Write)
  • a braille embosser
  • scanner and laser printer
  • document magnification resources.

Find out about Assistive Technology software to help you study

You can also make an appointment with our Assistive Technology Disabilities Service Officers if you need information on how to use particular technologies.

LEARNING SUPPORT

Study smart with the range of online resources provided by the Library to help you improve your academic and study skills.

You can also book an academic skills consultation. Learning Advisors can assist you with improve your academic skills. You can book an appointment with a Learning Advisor or a Disabilities Support Officer can refer you.

Study support

GRIFFITH PEER WELCOME PROGRAM

The Griffith Peer Welcome Program runs Weeks 1 through 3 each Trimester, and helps commencing undergraduate students settle into study. Mentors share their experiences, answer questions and provide valuable insights into university life. If you are looking to make connections and get up to speed quickly, drop into any of the sessions held in the Library on your campus. Click below to read more and view session times.

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DEAF STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM

The Deaf Student Support Program (DSSP) has been in place at Griffith University since 1985. Its mission is to provide customised support, services and access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

The DSSP provides a range of services for Deaf and hard of hearing students including:

  • Auslan interpreters
  • laptop/captioning services
  • peer notetakes
  • alternative exam arrangements
  • reasonable adjustments for professional placements
  • transcription of audio visual material if not already captioned
  • access to assistive listening devices and technologies.

Griffth supports Groups and Elements with Auslan Interpreters and Live Captioning and Transcription on a fee for service basis for events and activities. Find out more here.

Griffith University deploys Auslan interpreters to other tertiary institutes (including VET) to cover their own interpreting requirements – this has resulted in an organic development of a centralised interpreting service which is not replicated anywhere else in Australia.

PREPARING FOR GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT

Graduation day is not the day to start thinking about your employment options. Find out how to get ready for graduate employment with specific programs to support students with disabilities.

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Future students

Find out about the Uni-Reach, Tertiary Education Experience and Signs of Success programs available for future students.

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