Support networks

Studying at university can be challenging at the best of times and having a disability can add to the stress a student may experience. It is important to know that you are not alone and that there are others who are experiencing, or have experienced, similar challenges. The following links are provided to put you in contact with support networks inside and outside of the University, so that you are able to gain help from people in similar circumstances.

Internal support networks

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is a free and confidential service for all local and international students to assist in the development of skills and techniques to manage social, academic and personal difficulties. Go to their website to download information sheets, worksheets and MP3 tracks, or make an appointment to speak with a counsellor one-on-one.

Mentoring Programs
Many faculties provide mentoring programs to assist new or struggling students in gaining familiarity and confidence to manage the requirements of their degree. Contact your faculty to find out more.


External support networks

Links to various networks are provided for the following areas:

Cancer
Hearing disabilities
HIV/AIDS
Learning disabilities
Mental health disorders
Neurological disabilities
Physical and medical disabilities
Visual disabilities

Cancer
Hearing disabilities
HIV / AIDS
Learning disabilities

Australian Learning Disability Association (ALDA)

NSW Learning Disability Support Groups

Mental health disorders
Neurological disabilities
Physical and medical disabilities
Visual disabilities

General disability networks

  • The National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID) is the national association representing people with intellectual disability and their families in Australia.
  • NICAN is information on recreation, tourism, sport and the arts for people with disabilities and supports an Australian society where any recreational opportunity values diversity, supports freedom and choice and strengthens inclusive communities.
  • National Disability Services (NDS) NDS is a national body with a membership of over 600 non profit organisations who provide a range of services and supports to people with disabilities. The NDS Board of Directors is elected from the membership. NDS's mission is to drive the development of quality services and life opportunities for people with disability.
  • Sydney For All is a website listing of accessible activities and attractions around Sydney.
  • NDCO - National Disability Coordination Officer Program works toward the Australia-wide coordination and delivery of transition services for people with a disability who are at, or who will be attending, university, vocational education and training or another training organisation.
  • Creating Accessible teaching & Support (CATS) is focussed on providing university staff with information that will assist them to make education more accessible to students with disability.

Related government departments

  • The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is responsible for income support, housing policy, community support, disability services, child care services and family issues, including family payments, child support and family relationships.
  • Centrelink is a government agency delivering a range of Commonwealth services to the Australian community.
  • CRS Australia delivers vocational rehabilitation services to Australian citizens or residents who have an injury, disability or health condition. We assist people who have a disability or injury to get a job or return to their job.
  • Department of Aging, Disability & Home Care has information on areas of interest for people with a disability.

Discrimination networks

  • The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian government and some non-government bodies.
  • Disability Rights within the Australian Human Rights Commission provides a range of resources and links on disability discrimination and other human rights and disability issues.