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

Your Disability Advisor can provide you with information and advice about how to negotiate Reasonable Adjustments with academic staff based on your disability or ongoing medical condition, supporting documentation, and specific course requirements.

We can assist you to explore ways that you can meet the expectations of your studies whilst maintaining the required academic standards. 

Reasonable Adjustments may include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance - missing classes on an occasional basis without requiring a medical certificate. Please note: students will still need to meet any mandatory attendance requirements for all courses
  • Extensions - short extensions on assignments
  • Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEA) - e.g. changes to the environment, duration, or other exam conditions, to enable you to sit your scheduled exam. All AEA need to be organised in advance
  • Alternative formatting - assisting you to source course materials in alternative formats (e.g. e-books)
  • Assistive software/ equipment - e.g. magnification, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, infra-red receivers for hearing augmentation systems
  • External services - e.g. captioning, transcriptions, interpreters
  • Physical access - checking classrooms for accessibility, providing information on accessible routes around campus.

Students requiring alternative formatting, external services, equipment, assistive software or accessible classrooms are encouraged to finalise their enrolment and contact Disability Support at least 4 weeks prior to the start of each semester so that sufficient time is available to organise relevant services and supports. There may be limitations to the types of Reasonable Adjustments that can be organised once a semester has commenced.

What are reasonable adjustments?

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 are measures or actions that 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.