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How Could We Help You?

There are many ways that we can assist you with your studies.

We can work out ways that you can meet the expectations of your studies whilst maintaining the required academic standards.  Sometimes people can feel overwhelmed about being faced with these expectations. Remember, it is not about avoiding these expectations, it is about working with them.

The University of Adelaide has a Reasonable Adjustments to Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy in line with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and The Disability Standards for Education (2005). The University's policy outlines the following:

Reasonable Adjustments

Reasonable Adjustments are measures or actions to assist a student with a Disability to participate in learning, teaching and assessment on an equivalent basis to other students that are determined as reasonable.

Determining Reasonable Adjustments

Whether an adjustment is reasonable will be determined in accordance with the Disability Standards for Education. This will involve taking into account all the relevant circumstances and interests, including the student's Disability; the effect of the proposed adjustment on the student and on anyone else affected, including the University, staff and other students.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements are the capabilities,  knowledge and skills that are essential to achieve the core learning outcomes of a program or to satisfy curriculum requirements.

An adjustment is not reasonable if it would:
1. compromise the integrity of the program or course or assessment requirements and processes: or
2. remove or bypass any Inherent Requirements

The Disability Advisor (DA) can provide you with information and advice about how to negotiate Reasonable Adjustments with academic staff based on your medical documentation.

  • Attendance
    You may be unable to attend lectures and tutorials on an occasional basis, and may require adjustments to attendance requirements
  • Extensions for assessable work (excluding exams)
    You may require extra time for assignments without medical certification on every occasion
  • Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEA) for in-department test/exam (eg smaller venue)
    There are options to assist you if you are unable to sit exams under the usual conditions
  • Alternative formatting
    You may require course materials in alternative formats (eg electronic). The DS can assist in arranging alternative formatting which is not readily available (eg captioning or transcriptions)
  • Loan equipment
    If you need access to special equipment, we can arrange that for you. 
Student Life
Disability Support
Level 6, Hughes Building
North Terrace Campus

T: +61 8 8313 5962
F: +61 8 8313 6463