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Disability Support Handbook

Disability Support Handbook

Disability Support Handbook
Disability Support Handbook William Angliss Institute is committed to encouraging and promoting equal opportunity in

Disability Support Handbook

William Angliss Institute is committed to encouraging and promoting equal opportunity in education and employment for students.

The Disability Support Office provides support to William Angliss students with a disability, mental health or medical condition.

You can register with us at any time before or during your studies at William Angliss. Enquiries are also welcome from students’ families and friends, case managers, teachers or other staff.

Please contact the Disability Support Office to learn more about the services that may be available to you.

Call:

Email: disability@angliss.edu.au

Visit:

Website: http://www.angliss.edu.au/Current-Students

Building C | Level 2 | Room C204

9606 2232 or 0434 604 723

Services available

advice and developing a learning plan before your course starts

enrolment assistance

assistance with your studies and assignments

advising teachers of your learning needs, and advising them about reasonable adjustments they can make in their teaching and assessments

support workers in class and during assessments (note-takers, scribes, participation assistants)

interpreters

adaptive technology, such as Read and Write Gold 8

modifications to resources, equipment and furniture customised to meet your individual needs

alternative formatting, such as enlarged print or electronic files

recording of classes and lectures

guidance throughout your course

learning/study plans

advocacy.

Follow Student Support Services: www.facebook.com/ssswai

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Disclosure and confidentiality Disclosure is a dilemma most students with a disability and/or health condition

Disclosure and confidentiality

Disclosure is a dilemma most students with a disability and/or health condition face, and one which presents a number of challenges and choices. It is important to remember that staff from Disability services can only provide assistance if you inform them of your disability and/or health condition.

However, you can decide what information you would like to give to the course convenors and other academic staff. You are not required to disclose anything about your disability and/or health condition.

A student’s right to privacy and respect is important and all information given to the Disability Support team is kept confidential. Students’ permission is always obtained before disclosing information to or seeking information from a third party.

Disability eligibility

William Angliss offers learning support to all students. To be eligible to receive some higher levels of support, such as a support worker in class, students must provide documentation to support a diagnosis of their disability. Eligible students include:

people with physical disabilities

people with learning disabilities

people with acquired brain injury

people with mental health issues

people with visual impairment

people who are deaf or hearing impaired

people with intellectual disabilities

people with medical conditions

Injuries and temporary disability

Students who have been injured or have become seriously unwell during their studies may be eligible for assistance from the Disability Support team and to receive help with assessments and tests.

Disability support needs When a student first contacts us, we have an individual interview to

Disability support needs

When a student first contacts us, we have an individual interview to evaluate the student’s needs. The Disability Liaison Officer meets with the student, teachers and/or other relevant staff to determine the support required.

Before this interview, students need to:

1. Think about the supports which have assisted them before in their studies (for example, help during high school). 2. Gather any medical documentation (such as reports or testing) about their disability or condition, if they have any, and bring it along 3. Decide if they would like to bring a family member, friend, case worker or another person to the interview.

Support will be reviewed as studies progress, and changes can be made if necessary. We aim to ensure students have equal opportunity to participate in training, and to encourage students to be as independent as possible in their learning.

Student rights and responsibilities

Students with disability have a right to:

equal opportunity to participate fully in courses and programs

reasonable adjustments to meet their needs.

specialised services that allow them to participate.

Along with other students they also have a right to:

be treated with dignity and respect

an environment which is free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

However, students also have a responsibility to:

make contact with WAI and be willing to discuss their requirements if they require reasonable adjustments

share responsibility in negotiating adjustments

use the services provided in an honest and fair manner

work with Disability Support team to review support and provide feedback.

Staff rights and responsibilities Staff have a responsibility to: • consult with the student to

Staff rights and responsibilities

Staff have a responsibility to:

consult with the student to determine what adjustments if any are required and whether any changes are needed during the student’s course

make any required adjustments in a timely manner

take reasonable steps to ensure that the student is able to enrol, participate in learning experiences and use facilities and services on the same basis as any other student

take reasonable steps to facilitate the provision of any specialist services that the student requires (see Reasonable Adjustment )

develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent harassment or victimisation of the student

and have a right to:

maintain the academic requirements of the course

request information about the student’s disability and requirements if that information is relevant to the student’s learning and participation

be treated with dignity and respect

Contents of this section have been adapted in part from the ADCET factsheet Rights and Responsibilities of Staff and Students.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC) services for people with disabilities WAI Learning Resource Centre (library) aims

Learning Resource Centre (LRC) services for people with disabilities

WAI Learning Resource Centre (library) aims to provide the service which ensures equal access and educational opportunities for students with disabilities. To be eligible for the service, you need to register with the Disability Liaison Officer (as described above). Once this happens, you can make a booking with the LRC disability liaison co-ordinator.

LRC staff can assist you with:

checking the library catalogue

searching databases, electronic journals or web browsing

retrieving items from the shelves

making photocopies, printing documents, use of scanner

borrowing, reserving LRC items

organising Inter-library loans.

In addition, the disability liaison co-ordinator can:

meet with you to discuss your individual needs

provide and help with assistive technology software, including:

1. Read & Write Gold Mobile (USB Pen) for text reading and literacy help

2. access features in Microsoft Office programs

help 2. access features in Microsoft Office programs • provide materials in alternative formats where

provide materials in alternative formats where possible.

Learning Advisors Learning Advisors give students extra support with their studies and are available for

Learning Advisors

Learning Advisors give students extra support with their studies and are available for individual appointments (which must be booked in advance) or during ‘Drop-in’ sessions which run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in the LRC, between 10am-1pm.

All students can access Learning Advisors. Contact them on (03) 9606 2407, (03) 9606 2426 or (03) 9606 2574, you can also email them learningadvisors@angliss.edu.au

Learning support services available to William Angliss Institute students include:

study skills

writing and planning for assessments

understanding assignments and course work

English grammar and expression and other literacy issues

time and study management

numeracy and finance

transition services

accessing resources.

Counselling and Personal Development Centre

Staff at the William Angliss Counselling and Personal Development Centre provide students with free and confidential counselling services to discuss any issues which may be affecting their ability to study. The counsellors are registered psychologists with special training in counselling and educational psychology.

To contact counsellors or to make an appointment, go to counselling@angliss.edu or call 9606 2210.

Senior Counsellor: Lydia Brnovic

For more information, refer to their services, go to www.angliss.edu.au/Counselling-and-Personal-Development-Centre

Getting to WAI and other facilities: • Wheelchair access is available to most areas of

Getting to WAI and other facilities:

Wheelchair access is available to most areas of the Institute

Car park spaces – 1 space on WAI visitors’ car park near LRC entrance. Please call Reception on 9606 5102. Car parking is also available on Little Lonsdale Street.

Fully accessible toilets

• Hearing aid loop – lecture theatre EG 17, Building A

Please contact us for a copy of the WAI map

Disability Action Plan

William Angliss Institute is committed to encouraging and promoting equal opportunity in education and employment for students and staff.

You can find the Disability Action Plan on the William Angliss website, http://www.angliss.edu.au

Reasonable adjustment

Reasonable adjustment refers to measures or actions taken to provide a student with a disability the same educational opportunities as everyone else. To be reasonable, adjustments must be appropriate for that person, must not create undue hardship for a RTO and must be allowable within rules defined by the training package.

Frequently asked questions: I have a disability. What sort of support can I get? Disabilities

Frequently asked questions:

I have a disability. What sort of support can I get?

Disabilities range from physical disabilities, visual, deaf or hearing impairments, acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, mental health issues, intellectual disabilities or medical conditions. If you have a disability it is recommended that you meet with the Disability Liaison Officer in Building C, Level 2, Room C205 or call on 9606 2232 or email disability@angliss.edu.au to discuss your needs.

Support may include:

support worker assistance in class

help with studies and assignments

interpreters

note takers

readers

adaptive technology, e.g. smart phone apps

advocacy.

Will I have full support?

During the first meeting we assess your needs and see what support we are able to provide.

Please note that while we aim to provide as much support as we can, we can’t always provide 100% support. There can be times when we cannot have a support worker assist you in class. If this is the case we will be in contact with you as soon as we can.

As you progress through your course, your support needs may also change. You can discuss any changes you feel need to be made with the Disability Liaison Officer, at any time.

Outside of class, it is possible to seek the help of Learning Advisors at the LRC on the ground floor of Building C, Room CG09.

Can I change support e.g. from full time to part time or I need support in the kitchen?

You can decide how much support can be made available to you in discussion with the DLO. These arrangements can be altered as you progress through your course. Support can begin at any stage of your course, but it is best to seek help as soon as possible, if you feel that you may need some assistance.

What will my support worker do in class? Support workers are there to guide and

What will my support worker do in class?

Support workers are there to guide and assist so please listen to their suggestions.

Support workers may take notes in class for you to use as study guides/revision tools. Support workers cannot do ‘hands on’ work during assessments. However, they may do limited ‘hands on’ work at other times, for example to demonstrate something. Remember they are not there to do the work for you, but to help you to do the work for yourself.

Work as independently as possible However, if you do genuinely feel your support is not providing you with appropriate attention, please speak to the DLO about your concerns. You can contact me (Carol) on 0434 604 723 or 9606 2232 or carolm@angliss.edu.au

What do I do if I am sick/running late/going to be absent/going on a class excursion/ have a class cancelled?

If any of the above things occur, you need to inform the DLO (Carol) ASAP, on 0434 604 723 or 9606 2232. Or by email: carolm@angliss.edu.au. It is a good idea to contact your teacher as well if you are sick or running late.

Support workers can only go into class if you are present. If you are late, they will not start without you. Please contact DLO if you are running more than 10 minutes late.

If you have any excursions it is essential that you let me know in advance. Please note that support workers are not able to go on excursions and field trips.

My timetable/teacher has changed, what do I need to do?

Let the DLO (Carol, ext: 2232) know any changes to your timetable, such as time changes, room changes etc. Please give as much notice as possible. This way your support worker can meet you in the right place.

I need to supply health or medical evidence. Where can I get it?

It is best to initially ask your family for any medical records or doctor’s letters. Otherwise, you can ask your own family doctor to provide a report or documentation of your medical condition. We can also provide you with information on how to get the evidence that you need.

I am having problems doing my homework, assessments and reports. I need help Remember there

I am having problems doing my homework, assessments and reports. I need help

Remember there are many ways to get help with your studies, for example, from your teacher, Learning advisors, from assistive technology and family or friends. If you are unsure about the work you need to do you can first of all email or talk to your teacher about the problems you are having and they may be able to assist you. The Disability Liaison Officer can also help you have these discussions with teachers, if required.

Disability support workers can only assist you during class time – they are not available to tutor you outside these times. Please seek help from learning advisors, teachers or the DLO.

Go to your MyWAI portal and go to services area in the drop box, select Disability support on this page, on the top right hand corner you will find documents, click on that link and you may find useful study plans and helpful hints as well.

http://mywai.angliss.edu.au/index.php/student-services/disability-liaison/documents

What is a SSA form and who gets my SSA form?

SSA (Student Support Arrangement) forms contain useful and specific information about your requirements and strategies that can be used to assist you in your study. SSA forms are given out to your teachers, support workers, learning advisors and anyone who needs to assist you. Only information that you consent to release will be used.

What funding is out there for me?

Government funding

DAAWS assistance

Scholarships -Sir William Angliss Scholarship fund.

I am finding my course too much for me, I think I want to cancel from class

Before you do please talk to your Program Leader as you do have other options:

unit withdrawal(s)

go to part-time

course deferment

change to another course at WAI.

It is important that you talk to your Program Leader or DLO or Counsellor, as they may be able to assist you.

Notes

Notes • Handbook 2013 | 11
Notes • Handbook 2013 | 11

Campus Map

Campus Map Teaching Departments & Services Locations Program Areas/Services Location Contact Number Angliss

Teaching Departments & Services Locations

Campus Map Teaching Departments & Services Locations Program Areas/Services Location Contact Number Angliss

Program Areas/Services

Location

Contact Number

Angliss Travel

Building A | Level 3

(03) 9606 2715

Bookshop

Building B | Level 1

(03) 9606 2136

Careers and Employment

Building C | Level 1

(03) 9606 2137

Centre for Food Trades and Culinary Arts

Building D | E

(03) 9606 2118

Entertainment Operations

Building B | Level 3

(03) 9606 2171

Event Management

Building B | Level 3

(03) 9606 2127

Higher Education (HE)/Degree

Building A | Level 3

(03) 9606 2216

Hospitality

Building A | Level 4

(03) 9606 2343

Information Centre

Building A | Ground Floor

(03) 9606 2543

International Office

Building B | Ground Floor

(03) 9606 2318

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

Building C | Ground Floor

(03) 9606 2237

Resort Management

Building B | Level 3

(03) 9606 2206/2395

Student Activities/The Lounge

Building C | Level 1

(03) 9606 2473

Tourism

Building B | Level 3

(03) 9606 2326/2127

Youth Learning

Building C | Level 1

(03) 9606 2389

Please see our web page at www.angliss.ed.au/Campus-Map for a larger version of the map with additional information.

555 La Trobe Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia T 1300 ANGLISS www.angliss.edu.au 2720-V2 0513

555 La Trobe Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia

T 1300 ANGLISS

www.angliss.edu.au

2720-V2 0513

555 La Trobe Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia T 1300 ANGLISS www.angliss.edu.au 2720-V2 0513