Accessibility support

Accessibility support

If you have a disability or an ongoing health condition, and as a result need additional support or accessibility provisions, you can register with Macquarie’s Disability Services.

To register, you need to complete an application form, provide specific documentation about the impact your health condition has on your studies, and meet with a disability advisor from Campus Wellbeing.

After you register, we develop an Individual Education Access Plan (IEAP) for you and implement 'reasonable adjustments'. These adjustments are changes to the learning environment/situation, so that you have equitable access to subject content and testing.

Contact Campus Wellbeing

Phone: (02) 9850 7497
Email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au

Location:

Level 2, 16 Wally's Walk
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109

Opening Hours: 

Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 6:00pm (excluding public holidays).

Eligibility

To register you must:

  • have a Macquarie University Student ID
  • be a currently enrolled student or,
  • be a prospective student who has accepted their offer and intends to enrol in the next available session.

Any student may register if they satisfy the above criteria, regardless of study mode (on campus/distance) or study load (part time/full time).

Registration steps in detail

You can register at any time during your studies, but registration should be completed as soon as possible, so that the University has time to implement the required supports.

Supports cannot be implemented retrospectively. We suggest that you register at least two weeks prior to the start of session.

Steps to register:

  1. Have your Health Practitioner complete a Health Practitioners Report (PDF download).
  2. Complete the registration form (login required)You will be contacted by Campus Wellbeing to arrange a Disability Assessment and confirm any other details.
  3. Attend a disability assessment
  4. Follow any directions given by your disability advisor and your IEAP.

University policy and legislative requirements

The University complies with relevant disability legislation through its Student Disability Support Policy and Student Disability Support Procedure.

For information regarding how the University handles health information, please see the Privacy Framework.

Reasonable adjustments

Each IEAP is different, as they are based on the specific circumstances & heath situation of a student. Reasonable adjustments may or may not apply to a particular IEAP, but the following is a list of adjustments that can be provided where appropriate.

Area where support is required

Examples of reasonable adjustments

Exam conditions

Provision of a computer rather than writing by hand

Use of a scribe

Allowance of food and beverages

Extended exam time

Location moved to a quiet room to decrease anxiety

Accessible Equipment

Screen reader

Audio recorder

Adjustable seating

Mobility scooter

Specialist software

In-class conditions

Note takers

Auslan interpreters

Participation support

Other

Information in varied formats (e.g. audio books, online)

Library assistance

Specialised Group Workshops

Our Specialised Group Programs promote wellbeing and skill development to assist students to flourish in the university environment.

Students that identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Mental Health challenges or a Specific Learning Disability, are eligible to register for a group program that runs throughout the session.

In 2019, we are offering four different weekly group programs, and one external self-paced online program. Each program covers similar material whilst being tailored to the unique and specific needs of that group.

More information about the Group Workshops

ASPIRE

The Aspire workshops support students who identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better reach their academic potential. Students with ASD often experience characteristics or behaviours that disrupt learning. However, with a supportive environment, our students develop skills to adapt to university life and achieve personal and academic goals. The group focuses on orientation to university, and its environments and processes. Students learn how to manage their time, health and study whilst exploring strategies to communicate effectively with lecturers, tutors and peers.

FOCUS

Students with Attention Deficit [Hyperactivity] Disorder (AD[H]D) may identify as being creative, energetic and enthusiastic. Yet despite strong conceptual skills, they can experience great difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours and maintaining focus on tasks. The Focus workshops assists students to develop strong time-management study skills that are conducive to individual learning needs. Addressing a new topic each week, students can elect to attend one of the two workshops offered. A key feature of the group is the attention to planning, reflection and modification of students’ weekly study timetable to help achieve an effective study/life balance.

INSIGHT

Many university students with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) “go under the radar” as they quietly work out ways to navigate their learning challenges. The emphasis on extended note-taking, heavy reading loads and written assessments can be stressful to manage. However, with appropriate supports in place, students with SLD can flourish at university. The Insight workshops facilitate students to better understand their individual learning challenges and the related impacts in the academic environment. A key feature of this workshop is the hands-on trial of a range of assistive technologies that minimise these impacts and enable independent study.

EMPOWERED

About 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental health condition in any one year. The onset of a mental health condition is typically around mid to late adolescence, and young Australians have the highest prevalence. Though not always immediately noticeable, mental health challenges can have a significant impact on university studies with students reporting anxiety, panic attacks, limited attention span, fluctuating motivations, procrastination and poor organisational skills. The Empowered program brings together students who experience a wide variety of mental health conditions and benefit from assistance to navigate the academic semester and its life cycle. A key aim is to provide students with information on being well and staying well whilst undertaking their tertiary education.

The 2019 Specialised Group Program timetable is as follows:

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
11:00am - 12:00pm Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aspire) Specific Learning Disability (Insight)Mental Health (Empowered)
1:00pm - 2:00pmMental Health (Empowered)Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (Focus) Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (Focus) 

Students may register at any time during the session by completing this online registration form.

For further enquiries, or if you require help to complete the online registration form, please contact Campus Wellbeing on:

phone: 02-9850 7497

email: campuswellbeing@students.mq.edu.au

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