Disability Discrimination Act 1992
The Standard states the obligations of education and training providers to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and participate in education and training on the same basis as those without disability.
The Standards provide for reasonable adjustments and alternative assessment arrangements to allow students with disabilities equal access to academic courses and activities.
Providing reasonable adjustments
A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action which enables a student with a disability to participate in education and training on the same basis as other students.
An alternative assessment is an adjustment or alteration to the standard format of an assessment.
Examples of reasonable adjustments and alternative assessments provided to students by Victorian higher education institutions are listed in the table below.
If you have not already done so, please check with the disability support service at your institution for the types of adjustments that may be provided to students with disabilities, as this may differ between institutions.
While some students with ASDs may independently initiate discussions with academic staff, the disability support liaison officers may attend the meeting with academic staff to facilitate discussion of appropriate adjustments for the particular student. In some cases disability support may send you a letter stating what reasonable adjustments the student requires.
Examples of reasonable adjustments and alternative assessments
|Functional impacts on academic performance||Reasonable adjustments||Alternative assessment arrangements|
Sensory and motor:
|Referral to counselling service||Referral to counselling service|
- Many lectures in tertiary settings are now automatically recorded and placed online. It may be helpful to make sure that a student with an ASD is aware of this and is able to access this information independently.