The Disability Service is a team of professional Disability Advisors and trained educational support staff. We can support and assist future and current students with disabilities and chronic health conditions to reach their full academic potential. Students with a temporary injury such as a broken limb may also be eligible for assistance.
If you are a staff member and need more information on resources, go to the Disability Service staff resources webpage (staff login required).
The Disability Service helps with:
- Pre-admission advice
- Educational Support Service staff (academic note takers, readers, practical assistants and sign interpreters)
- Training in and access to assistive technology
- Advocacy on disability related issues
- Referral to other relevant services
- Transcription of videos/podcasts
- Textbooks and educational material in alternative formats
For more information go to the getting help webpage.
What is a disability?
The term 'disability' is a broad term that is used in the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). 1 in 5 Australians have a disability of some type and approximately 80% of these disabilities are 'invisible' meaning that they are not immediately apparent when looking at a person.
The Disability Service can provide support to students with any chronic medical condition, mental illness or other disability including but not limited to:
Learning Disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia etc.)
HIV / AIDS
Spinal cord injury
Referral to other services
Sometimes you might need to seek assistance from other services, such as a counsellor or a government agency. Western Sydney University Disability Advisors can help you with information and advice about the right services to talk to.
- Glossary of terms [DOCX, 2704.91 KB] (opens in a new window)
- Student Disability Handbook [DOCX, 3834.83 KB] (opens in a new window)
- Code of Ethical Practice [PDF, 30.32 KB] (opens in a new window)
- Verification of Disability or Health Condition and Impact on Study form [PDF, 81.51 KB] (opens in a new window)
- Disability Declaration for Concession Opal card [PDF, 61.18 KB] (opens in a new window)
To speak with a Disability Advisor or to make an appointment call (02) 9852 5199 or email email@example.com.
To arrange a Skype appointment, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your Skype details. We will send the Disability Advisor's Skype details to you when we confirm the appointment by email.