We encourage diversity and welcome students of all abilities.
Welcome to AccessAbility and Inclusion
Our very own AccessAbility Advisor Kelly, explains who we are and how we can help.
- If you are a future student who identifies as Autistic, ADHD, Dyslexic and/or another minority neurotype with Neurodiversity support needs, or you live with or have a mental health condition, ongoing medical condition or disability (this may include physical, neurological, intellectual, sensory, acquired brain injury, or specific learning difficulty) information you disclose about your mental health condition, ongoing medical condition or disability cannot be used to deny you a place here at La Trobe University.
- You can discuss your support requirements with an AccessAbility Advisor from AccessAbility and Inclusion before you apply. There are many assistive technologies available to make studying easier. Some examples include Glean which has been developed to assist with note taking or Otter which is a transcription program. There are also numerous accessibility features within the Microsoft suite of software and a range of browser extensions.
- It can be a good idea to investigate what might be of assistance to you, before you commence study. This will give you time to become familiar with how assistive technology can best support you at University. Contact AccessAbility and Inclusion for more information.
- Check out our Special Entry Access Schemes for special entry programs.
- Visit our Future Students website for information on studying at La Trobe.
The move to study at university is challenging for many students. Having the right information and being prepared will make the transition less stressful and improve your chances of success.
We have a voluntary transition program for Autistic students, which you can choose to participate in if you would like to do so. If you are interested in doing so, you will have the option to meet with an AccessAbility Advisor to ascertain your needs. If you are planning to live on campus, it is important to have your needs established from the beginning. Support is available to assist you in settling into living on campus.
While you are not required to disclose your Autism status to the university, we recommend that you consider doing so by registering with AccessAbility and Inclusion, and participating in the transition program, to ensure you get the most value from the supports available and the best start to University life.
Did you know that La Trobe has a Neurodiversity project to promote inclusion for students and staff with minority neurotypes (i.e. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia)? You can find more information on the project and available study support on the Neurodiversity Hub webpage.
Here is valuable information to help you prepare:
- The Decision to Disclose your Autism status at University
- Neurodiversity Hub - Resources for Tertiary Students
- Supporting Neurodivergence with PhD candidate Lyndel Kennedy
- Beth Radulski, Neurodiversity Project Officer: Neurodiversity Hub SPELD
For more AccessAbility and Inclusion resources, visit our AccessAbility and Inclusion resource page.