by Amy Carlon
Did you know that CSU provides Access and Disability Services for students with a disability? Whether you are an on campus or online student, CSU can provide support and help minimise the impact of disability on your studies.
I myself have a physical disability which limits me in standing for long periods of time and going up stairs. My disability also affects my writing abilities, such as sitting a long exam and the ability to carry large objects.
Here, I have included what the disability services did for me and what they can do for you.
After speaking to the disability services and registering, I was provided with an amazing Student Liaison Officer to help me further. They assist by helping you access facilities across the University, as well as providing your Study Access Plan.
Study Access Plan:
I study photography and my degree is very hands-on, so my Study Access Plan has helped to inform my lecturers about my personal needs.
It has given me classroom access, so that I am assigned appropriate rooms for my classes and I have been given extensions when needed – so the lecturers understand my limitations and how this may affect my work.
Your disability is confidential, so you do not have to tell your lecturers extensive details of your disability. The Liaison Officer will ask you questions and provide you with a plan that will explain the basics to your lecturer, from here it is up to you if you wish to expand.
Access to facilities:
The University can also assist you with on-campus accommodation. I live on campus and was provided with a disabled room in close proximity to facilities, all with the help of my Liaison Officer.
The disabled rooms that I use on campus in Wagga Wagga, are great. I have the space to use my wheelchair on days that I need it, with the disability parking close by, as well as easy access to laundry facilities.
This service has been a great help to me, so be sure to register with the disability service or find out more via the Student Portal.