Definition of disability

What is a disability?

The definition of 'disability' is based on the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and includes:

  • deafness / hearing impairment
  • blindness / vision impairment
  • physical disability
  • specific learning disability
  • psychiatric / psychological disability
  • acquired brain injury
  • chronic medical conditions
  • temporary disability.

Am I eligible for support?

We provide services and support if:

  • a student has a disability as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), and
  • that disability impacts or in the case of prospective students has the potential to impact on the student’s University studies in some way, and
  • the student has supporting documentation, eg medical documentation, describing the disability and any corresponding need for services and/or adjustments.

A Disability Services officer determines your eligibility at a registration appointment.

Should I register for assistance?

We encourage you to register with Disability Services. When deciding to register, ask yourself the following questions:

- Is my disability making it harder to meet the requirements of my studies?
- Is my disability contributing to a poor experience at University?
- Do I feel disadvantaged at University by my disability?
- Are there things I could do better if I had a little extra help?
- Am I relying on Special Consideration through my faculty to counter the impact of my disability?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be a good idea to discuss your support options with us.

Some students with disabilities may already have good self-management techniques and be able to manage their disability and its impacts on their studies without additional assistance. For more information on how you may be able to help yourself, refer to the Managing Your Studies webpage.