We encourage diversity and welcome students of all abilities.
Things for you to consider if you are a future student living with 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 the AccessAbility Hub before you apply. There are many assistive technologies available to make studying easier. Some examples include Glean which has been developed to assist with notetaking 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 the Accessibility Hub 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.
Transitioning to university as an Autistic person
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 the AccessAbility Hub, 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 here [insert link to Neurodiversity page].
Here is valuable information to help you prepare:
Study successfully with a mental health condition, ongoing medical condition or disability
Things you can do to improve your chance of success.
Consider the subject load that will suit your personal circumstances .
Attend all scheduled classes and make sure you review each lecture to keep up to date as the weeks progress. Familiarise yourself on how to use all our systems here at La Trobe such as:
- LMS (Learning Management System),
Speak to an academic advisor or your subject coordinator if you're struggling.
Be organised. It is one of the most important factors in being successful at university. Create a schedule for each semester with all your assignment due dates, test dates, or project deadlines. Look at this every day. For study advice and support go to the Learning Hub for more information. You can also check out these tips on how to enhance your studying environment.
In your weekly schedule, set aside regular times for working on assessments and studying. If you know it will take you longer to complete assignments, you may need to start working on them earlier.
Get help early. If you have an assessment that you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask for clarification. You can email your tutor or subject coordinator to set up an appointment time. You can also ask for help from the friendly Peer Learning Advisors. The Student Learning and Starting Out at Uni websites also have lots of helpful resources.
Use your support networks. Think about how you can get support from friends, fellow students, family or support services at the University. Be proactive in using these supports. We encourage you to use our support services, they are here to help you. Keep in contact with your AccessAbility Advisor if things are not going well. They can help you prioritise your work, seek extensions or provide additional support/ suggest other helpful strategies. Be familiar with your Learning Access Plan and ensure you fulfill the responsibilities you have to arrange reasonable adjustments. Make sure you check your emails regularly and respond promptly.
Managing your time is a key factor in student success. Learn how to balance study, work, family and social life and set realistic goals for yourself.
Deal with procrastination. Procrastination can stop you achieving your goals. If you plan on doing an activity, stick to your schedule. Procrastinating causes stress and leads to late assessments and more stress. Set your goals, prioritise them and stick to them. Get in touch with our counselling service for more assistance.
Deal with social media and the distractions of technology. Facebook, Twitter, gaming and other distractions can get in the way of getting your work done. You will need to use willpower to resist the temptations. Consider turning off notifications and plan times to interact with social media. Stick to the plan (see tip 4 above).