Preparing for work or higher education

It’s usually up to you to advocate for your learning and accessibility needs at university or in the workplace. It’s really important to know what your learning and accessibility needs are, and how to advocate for them.

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Monique Ziegelaar
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It’s usually up to you to advocate for your learning and accessibility needs at university or in the workplace – no one else will do it for you. It’s really important to know what your learning and accessibility needs are, and how to advocate for them.

The Australian government’s National Disability Coordination Officer program helps people with disability participate in higher education (university of TAFE) and employment (work). Their website contains useful information and contacts.

Starting higher education

Most higher education institutions have a Disability Services team. Contact your uni or TAFE to find out about the disability services they offer.

You may also want to create a new learning profile, similar to what you had in high school, but tailored to higher education. In this profile you might include information on:

  • Your disability
  • Your required learning and accessibility adjustments
  • The assistive technology and/or equipment you use.

Starting work

Workplaces can’t discriminate on the basis of disability. To help employers better understand your disability and put in place any adjustments you need, create an Accessibility Plan and provide it with your resume when applying for jobs.

In this plan, you can include information on:

  • Your disability
  • The assistive technology and/or equipment you use
  • Considerations for how your workstation will need to be set up
  • Transport considerations to and from work
  • Information on any funding bodies that will be able to assist with purchases for equipment for work related purposes, such as Job Access.

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