The Accessibility Service (formerly Special Needs Service) is the University’s central contact point for all students living with one or more disabilities, medical or mental health conditions. The Accessibility Service provides assistance and support to access services, and to make requests for assessment arrangements and reasonable adjustments.
The main purpose of the Accessibility Service is enabling students participation in their learning and coursework. Reasonable adjustments aim to minimise the impacts of disability/health conditions upon study as far as possible, whilst maintaining academic integrity.
While the main focus remains on student's course progression, the Accessibility Service encourages students to take up opportunities for:
- building upon their individual strengths and strategies
- learning how to manage their disabilities/health conditions in the study environment
- preparing for transition following university.
The Accessibility Service assists students to develop their independence, self-determination and self-advocacy skills to enable participation in a productive and concerted way.
Why update my Accessibility details?
Updating your Accessibility details on My Student Admin helps to ensure UTS is providing accurate data to the government. Following a Federal budget review, there are proposed changes to the funding of University Accessibility Services The new funding model will be based upon the number of students who share their accessibility information on My Student Admin (MSA), rather than the number of students who are registered with the Accessibility Service (a student may wish to share their Accessibility details on MSA but decide not to register with the Service, or vice versa). The data collected on MSA is the mechanism the government uses to determine the number of students with a disability across universities.
What happens when I update my details on MSA?
The information sent to the government is de-identified so the specific details of your accessibility needs are confidential to UTS. The information you share is not available to UTS general administrative staff e.g. the Student Centre; UTS students; Faculty staff; or general Academic Staff. The information is not available or shown on your UTS transcript or UTS Online.
You can read more about the assistance and services available from the Accessibility Service, such as general access and individual support services, as well as assessment arrangements and exam provisions on our Services and Assistance pages.
The Accessibility Service is made available to service users subject to demand, which varies at different times in the academic year. Priority for earlier appointments is given to students who acquire a disability after commencing study. Students with known disabilities are expected to make contact as early as possible to request assistance. Service users will be informed of the nature, frequency and duration of service that is reasonable, based on the level of demand, staff availability, and service user needs.
The University reserves the right to take all necessary action to protect the safety of its staff, students and facilities, and to ensure reasonable use of services and facilities. This may include revoking or placing conditions on access to facilities, services, or campus precincts.