Training students with disability​

Improve your support for students with disability.

Many students have a disability or learning challenge and it may not be obvious. Help all your students get the most out of training, and meet your legal obligations. 

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Helpful terminology

Inclusive teaching refers to the creation of a learning environment which provides all students, regardless of their background, with the opportunity to fulfill their own learning potential and support other students who may wish to learn from them.

Access and equity means services should be available to everyone who is entitled to them and be free of any form of discrimination. This means services should be developed and delivered on the basis of fair treatment of clients who are eligible to receive them. In a training and education setting this is best achieved by inclusive teaching and learning practices. It includes making course information accessible, identifying the inherent requirements of training and making this information available, easy to use and complete enrolment processes and thinking about how we can support students on vocational placement and to transition into work when they have completed their training.

Reasonable accommodations should be made in all training delivery and assessment to meet the diverse needs of learners. These might include extended time to complete a task or assessment; copies of notes or powerpoints prior to the presentation; and electronic versions of resources.

Reasonable adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act are actions taken to help a student to participate in an education program on the same basis as other students. An adjustment is reasonable if it meets the needs of the student with a disability without impacting too much on other people.

Disability Access Plans provide information about the impact of a student’s disability, mental health or medical condition on their studies, and identifies agreed services and reasonable adjustments that will be provided by the training provider. A Disability Access Plan provides information to educational and support staff so they can adapt services to meet individual support needs.

Legislative requirements

A brief guide to the Disability Discrimination Act

An outline of your rights and responsibilities under the Act. Visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Disability Discrimination Fact Sheet

A brief outline of discrimination on the basis of disability. 

Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and Education Standards

Understand the Education Standards that apply to delivering training to a person with a disability. Visit the DDA Education Standards website.

Your right to an Education: A Guide for students with a disability, their associates and education providers

Learn about the ways the Education Standards may affect students and you in this simple guide.

Disability information

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)

ADCET supports disability practitioners, teachers and learning support staff in their work with people with disability or medical conditions in post-secondary education, training and employment. Other information and resources may be useful for students. Visit the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training website for the following resources:

  • Practitioners Tool Kit
    This kit has sections on getting started, clarifying roles, interviewing clients, documentation, understanding jargon, office layout and links to peak bodies.
  • TAFE SA: Guide for Staff on Disability Discrimination and Supporting Students with a Disability or Medical Condition
    A booklet written to help with appropriate methodology and support for students who have disabilities, learning difficulties or chronic medical conditions.
  • The Creativity of Success: Disability in the Classroom & Workplace (SA)
    This booklet may help you overcome uncertainties about providing training for people with a disability.

Enrolment and student information

A Guide for Students with a Disability or Medical Condition (TAFE SA)

This guide may help you in developing your own materials for students with a disability or medical condition. 

A Guide for Students with a Disability or Chronic Medical Condition at University in South Australia

Another resource to help you in developing your own materials for students with a disability or medical condition. Visit the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training website.

In Brief: Your Ready Reference for studying at TAFE, University or with a Private Training Organisation in South Australia

Learn about your rights, available support, money matters and who to contact in South Australia. Visit the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme website.

Choosing Your Path: Disclosure is a personal decision

Information about options and pathways for a person with a disability about disclosing their disability to employers or training providers and about the roles and responsibilities of educators, employers and support services. Visit the University of Western Sydney website.

Design, development, delivery and assessment of courses/programs

Reasonable Adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment for learners with a disability: A guide for VET practitioners (QLD)

Learn practical strategies for applying reasonable adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

The Flinders and Monash Universities’ websites include useful information about some of their approaches to implement inclusive teaching strategies. Topics covered include: inclusive practice definitions, students, strategies, assessment, technologies, resources and videos. The inclusive practice (teaching) checklists on each of the sites are valuable. Visit the Flinders University and the Monash University websites.

Inclusive Teaching Checklist

Ensure your existing and newly developed materials are appropriate for all students to participate and succeed.

Reasonable Adjustment

A guide to working with students with disability in VET from Western Australian Government. 

Creating Accessible Teaching and Support (CATS)

A collection of resources which aims to encourage equitable, inclusive access to university education for people with disability. Visit CATS website.

Inclusive learning: A way forward – Framework (2012) Department of Education, Training and Employment (Queensland)

Queensland has produced these documents to help develop an equitable and inclusive VET system that enables all learners to achieve their potential.

Specific disabilities information

South Australian Government - Disability

South Australian government portal of disability services, supports and resources with a useful section on types of disability. Visit sa.gov.au website.

Commonwealth Government - People with Disabilities

Australian Government portal of disability services, supports and resources. Visit australia.gov.au website.

Guidelines for tertiary education institutions to facilitate improved educational outcomes for students with a mental illness

Proposed actions for tertiary education institutions.

Specific Impairments

Learn about the implications of specific disabilities and health conditions to better meet the needs of students. Each section offers insight into the experience of living and studying with an impairment, and explain terms you may encounter. Visit the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training website.

Transition from school to training and work

Search careers and industries

Explore industries, jobs and training pathways in South Australia. Go to Search careers and industries.

MyFuture

Build your own interests profile and explore career ideas based on your interests through My Guide. Visit the MyFuture website.

Job Guide

Information about almost every job as well as the prerequisite qualifications and what the job really involves. Visit the Job Guide website.

Job Access

A free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability. It aims to help people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. Visit the JobAccess website.

National Disability Coordination Officer Program (SA)

The NDCO works strategically with stakeholders in their region to reduce barriers to participation, help smooth transitions and coordinate services for people with disability between education, training and employment. Visit the National Disability Coordination Officer Program website for the following resources.

  • Connect the Dots (SA)
    A TAFE SA publication outlining the services that support inclusion and successful transitions to education, training and work for people with a disability.
  • What’s the Difference? School vs VET vs Uni
    Outlines the different elements, expectations and differences between school, vocational education and training; and university.
  • Planning for Success
    This booklet will help to identify your student's employment goals and the educational courses that relate to those goals
  • Career Link (SA)
    Career Link is for young people to use with their parents and teachers to plan their transition to post school options. 

Career Tips

Information for young people with disabilities who are in their final years of school or are undertaking tertiary studies. Visit the Career Tips website.

Inclusive technologies

EduApps

A suite of eight software collections that are free to download and use. They cover a range of user requirements to support teaching and learning, so you can choose one that’s right for you or your student.

  • AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning, as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.
  • TeachApps is a collection of software specifically designed for teachers or lecturers.
  • LearnApps is specifically designed for learners. All learners or students can benefit from LearnApps.
  • MyStudyBar provides a suite of apps to support literacy.
  • MyVisBar is a high contrast floating toolbar designed to support learners with visual difficulties.
  • MyAccess is a portal to all your favourite and accessible applications providing inclusive e-learning options for all.
  • Create&Convert is designed to help publish accessible information for all.
  • Accessible Formatting WordBar is designed to create accessible Word documents with ease.

All EduApps collections can run from a USB pendrive plugged into a Windows computer. Visit EduApps website.

Love Apptually

This resource has been structured primarily on the Australian Core Skills Framework. A list of apps appears under each core skill and notes how it could be used in the development of the skill.

Apps to Help Students With Dysgraphia and Writing Difficulties

A range of apps are available to assist educators and support students through learning. While not every app will be a “perfect fit” for each person, you are encouraged test them out and determine which one works best for the individual. Visit the Understood website.

15 Features in MS Word 2010

Help students with learning disabilities and support students to become independent learners by identifying a range of accessibility strategies that can be enabled in MS Word. Visit the South Australian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website.

Accessibility Features of iPhones & iPads

This quick reference guide outlines how to enable the accessibility features on iPads and iPhones to support students with disability. Visit the South Australian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website.

Webinar

View the Training Students with Disability Webinar Presentation.

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