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Info for special needs students

Students with disabilities or ongoing illnesses

UTS is committed to providing equal opportunity for students with disabilities through an inclusive educational environment.

Contact: +61 2 9514 1177
At the Special Needs Service, we can provide you with information about the support available across the university, inclusive practices and assessment arrangements. 
You may not think of yourself as having a ‘disability’ or ‘Special Need’ but the definition under the Disability Discrimination Act upon which our service is based includes a wide range of health conditions such as: 
  • learning/neurological disabilities, e.g. dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, autism spectrum disorder
  • medical conditions/ongoing illness, e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, acquired brain injury
  • mental health conditions, e.g. anxiety and depression
  • vision, hearing and physical disabilities
  • temporary injuries, e.g. broken arm
To help us provide your support in a timely way: 
  • make an appointment to register with us early, i.e. prior to the start of semester or before the census date 
  • contact us early if there’s something we can help with
  • keep in touch and let us know how you’re going, and 
  • inform us about problems straight away.
We have a team of Disability Services Officers (DSO) who can be your central point of contact to discuss your needs and set up your:
As part of your first appointment you will be referred to your faculty Academic Liaison Officer (ALO) who will work with you and your DSO and is responsible for approving recommended assessment arrangements, for example, exam conditions.
We use the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (opens an external site), which covers a wide range of physical, sensory, psychiatric and learning disabilities, as well as ongoing illnesses. Both temporary and permanent disabilities are covered by the University’s policies.
Your confidentiality is important to us, and we ask that you have a look at our
You may also be interested in reading UTS equity-related policies, statements and strategies.
Disability can add a significant additional layer to the student experience. UTS: AccessAbility gives disabled perspectives on UTS life ... from the practical to the creative, while Can Do: Career Advice from UTS Graduates with Disabilities <film to be added> is a short film filled with tips on careers issues from recent graduates with disabilities.