Disability support

If you have a disability or medical condition that may impact upon your studies, Disability Services can support and assist you with our range of support and resources.

In 'Disability support':

Eligibility to register for disability support

To be eligible for disability support, you must:

  • be currently enrolled
  • have a disability or health condition that impacts your studies, including long-term medical conditions or a physical, sensory, neurological, psychiatric, learning or intellectual disability. They may be permanent, fluctuating, occasional or temporary
  • provide a PDF iconHealth Practitioner Report from a qualified professional.

Your health practitioner report includes:

  • the nature of the specific impairment or condition
  • if the disability is permanent, temporary, fluctuating or constant
  • details of the impact the condition is likely to have your ability to study
  • recommended support services and/or reasonable adjustments to minimise impact on your study
  • medical professional's title, credentials and stamp
  • legible hand-writing on letterhead, dated and signed by your practitioner.

Documents need to contain the most recent information of your condition.

Depending on your condition, documents need to be dated within a certain period before you register for disability services.

  • Within the last two weeks for temporary conditions.
  • Within the last six months for fluctuating conditions.
  • Within the last three years for learning disabilities.
  • No specific date required for permanent disabilities.

Registration process

There is a formal registration process to access our support services.

The first step is to register your details. Once we receive your registration we will contact you to arrange an appointment with a Disability Support Worker.

Inclusive teaching strategies

To make sure you can fulfil your course requirements, we can provide recommendations for teaching adjustments such as:

  • use of appropriate inclusive teaching practices
  • provision of copies of notes
  • audiotaping of classes (where appropriate)
  • negotiating alternative assessment arrangements for in-class tests
  • suggestions to help you meet placement requirements.

Alternative format

To improve the accessibility of your course materials, we have alternative formats available such as:

  • enlarged print
  • Braille
  • electronic files.

Academic Support Workers

We can arrange the following academic support workers to assist you in class:

  • Auslan interpreters
  • note-takers
  • participation assistants
  • lab assistants.

To be eligible for assistance from an academic support worker, you must register for disability support. You'll need to provide supporting documentation from a health practitioner or, in the case of learning disabilities, an educational psychologist.

Alternative assessment arrangements

We can arrange exam assistance such as:

  • special seating arrangements
  • extra writing time
  • adjusted or alternative assessments tasks
  • Auslan interpreters or scribes in exams.

Disability Liaison Officers support

Our Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) can help to minimise impacts of a disability or a health condition on study and enable you to participate in all aspects of university life. A DLO will meet with you to:

  • help you to identify options to reduce the impact of your disability on your current study program
  • provide information on a range of supports and access to relevant VU services and study adjustments
  • create an Access Plan to summarise teaching adjustments, assessment and examination adjustments and other factors needed to support independent learning
  • communicate and assist relevant VU staff and external agencies to arrange specific services to implement the services outlines in the Access Plan.

Library support & equipment

VU has a range of library support services including an adaptive technology lab at our Footscray Park and St Albans Campuses.

For more information visit the Library website.

Accessible maps

If you are using a screen reader, screen magnifier or prefer an alternative version of a map, text alternative maps for all our campuses are available.

Access and mobility maps are also available, showing accessible exits, entrances and lifts for the buildings on each of our campuses.

Contact us

VU Disability Services
Phone: +61 3 9919 5400
Email: disability@vu.edu.au