If you are attempting to manage the demands of study as well as an ongoing health condition or accessibility need, or you are the primary carer for a person with accessibility needs, you may be eligible for academic adjustments and other supports.
We can offer access to reasonable adjustments and can provide advice to future students regarding support services.
If you identify as having an accessibility need or condition that may impact on your ability to complete your study, talk to us about the resources and support available.
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Accessible support information
If you have a diagnosed accessibility need, learning difficulties, an ongoing mental or physical health condition or are the primary carer for a person with accessibility needs, you are eligible to apply for a Learning Statement of Access.
Students are encouraged to reach out to discuss their individual needs and hear about relevant support. Alternatively, students can submit a Learning Access Application with recommendations from their health care practitioner, which can be submitted in order to create a support plan. Please refer to the policy documents and resources on this page for more information about this process.
In order for us to support you optimally, we encourage you to contact us before the beginning of your first semester. Send us an email to discuss how we can best support you.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)
You do not need to submit a Learning Access Application or have a Learning Statement of Access in order to have a PEEP. This is about keeping you safe in case of an evacuation.
Learning with reading and writing assistance
In 2024 MyLearn will replace Blackboard as MDS' new online learning platform. Introducing curated, searchable transcripts of video recordings, MyLearn will provide equitable experiences for all.
Disability Action Plan (DAP)
It is our aim that this plan supports the change that is needed to eliminate intentional or unintentional disability discrimination. You can read more about the Disability Action Plan here.
Students with approved adjustments
Students with approved requests for support will be issued with a Learning Statement of Access, which clearly states the formalised and pre-approved adjustments which have been allowed for the student. Students are responsible for communicating the reasonable adjustments approved in their Statement by sharing their Learning Statement of Access with academic and teaching staff at the beginning of every semester, or as proactively as possible, to ensure relevant staff have a clear understanding of student needs in order to support and implement the approved adjustments.
If you require a copy of your Learning Statement of Access, please contact our Disability Advisor to be issued with this document.
Some adjustments related to specialised equipment and software will be organised during the application process, whilst academic adjustments will require timely communication with Academic and Campus staff, which the Disability Advisor will facilitate.