Getting ready for university

Preparing for post-secondary education

Getting ready to come to university usually involves choosing a degree and career path, submitting applications, accepting offers, enrolling, and buying study materials. It may even involve moving out of home for the first time, which can be exciting or maybe even frightening. You'll also need to get your disability support organised, and start thinking about how you may need to manage your disability in the university environment.

These great publications available on the ADCET website can help with your transition to university:

Get Ready for University This information kit is for high school students with disability thinking about going to uni. There are five sections with tips, hints and links. The sections are; Finding a career direction; Preparing for university; What and where to study; Getting into a university course; and Your disability at university.

Leaps and Bounds is a self-help planning guide to post-secondary education and training for prospective students with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. The guide has been designed to assist students explore options available for education and training at university or college.

Considering Higher Education? is a planning guide for people with disabilities or medical conditions is a comprehensive planning guide to assist people with disabilities or medical conditions to make informed decisions.

Broaden Your Horizons contains resources relating to young people with disability, with information on education and employment, government initiatives, mentoring, a range of disabilities as well as an outline of adaptive technology options and useful links.

Orientation programs

Once you have accepted your offer of a place at Sydney, you will be given information about Orientation Week (O-Week) and all the events and sessions you can attend to further develop your familiarity of the university and your degree. During O-Week there will also be sessions run by Disability Services that you may be interested in:

  • Disability Services overview
  • Assistive technology and the AT Lab
  • Orientation for students with disability (general program)
  • Orientation program for students with autism spectrum disorders