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Disability Inclusion Week

Inclusion begins with me

Each year, the University’s Disability Inclusion Week brings our student and staff community together to learn more about the experiences of people who live with disability, and to celebrate diversity.

Disability is a part of the human experience and we are all responsible for creating an inclusive environment. Disability Inclusion Week is held annually at the University to help build a culture where all students and staff can thrive and realise their full potential.

In 2018 Disability Inclusion Week was held from Monday 3 to Friday 7 September, bringing our student and staff community together to learn more about the experiences of people who live with disability, and to celebrate diversity.

Camperdown Campus Launch Day

Date: Monday 3 September

Time: 12–2pm

Location: New Law Lawns, Eastern Avenue

Head to Eastern Avenue to join in the Disability Inclusion Week launch day activities:

  • Say hi to the gorgeous therapy dogs from Delta dogs.
  • Drop by the ICT TechLab stall to demo cutting edge virtual reality, holographic and touch screen technology, which could transform how people with disability interact with the digital environment.
  • Order a free coffee using Auslan or a text to speech app.

Photo Tales Exhibition

Date: Monday 3 September – Friday 7 September

Location: The foyer of Level L, Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library

Visit the Uni2Beyond Photo Tales exhibition and learn about the experience of people with intellectual disability studying at the University.

Cumberland Campus Launch Day

Disabled touch football game

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 12–1pm

Location: Cumberland Lawn outside of A Block and The Depot

Demonstration match of disabled touch football comprised of players from Health Sciences Staff, Students and members from Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO).

Performance by ReCreate Arts

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 12.30pm

Location: between Cumberland Library and The Depot

Health Sciences student association ReCreate Arts will provide an interpretive performance themed to Disability Inclusion Week.

Cumberland Campus Living Library

Date: Thursday 6 September

Time: 12–1pm

Location: S Block Clinic, Cumberland Campus

Health Sciences will host a Living Library in order to provide an opportunity for individuals to connect with people they may not normally have the occasion to speak to within their community, to better understand the life experiences of others, and to challenge their own assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes. It provides a safe environment and encourages active and engaging conversations so that people can develop a greater understanding of each other’s stories. Further details will be available soon on how to book your session time.

Uni2Beyond: Video Stories Launch

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 1–2pm

Location: Quad Lawns

Getting to Know Uni2Beyond: outdoor video event and Q&A. Video Stories about inclusive education at the University of Sydney. 

Disabled Honi Launch Party

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 5–7pm

Location: Courtyard Restaurant & Bar

The launch of the very first special issue of Honi Soit autonomously edited by the Disabilities Collective. Entry to this event is free, with catering and drinks provided.

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Implementation of Universal Design for Learning Principles

Date: Wednesday 5 September

Time: 10am–12pm

Location: Rooms 514/516, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, *G02

Universal Design for Learning provides useful guidelines for developing curricula, selecting materials and creating learning environments that takes into account the wide variability of learners in higher education environments.

This forum on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will include:

  • An overview of the principles of Universal Design for Learning from the School of Education and Disability Services.
  • An outline of how UDL fits within the curriculum review by the Educational Innovation Team.
  • Practical examples of how UDL is currently being implemented at the University.
  • Facilitated discussion on how UDL can be implemented across the University including the current awareness and implementation of UDL, what resources are required for widespread implementation, who are the key stakeholders, and a plan of action.

Register now.

Lunchbreak Concerts

Date: Wednesday 5 September and Thursday 6 September

Time: 12.30–1.15pm

Location: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Take a break from the world and relax for a free 45-minute concert featuring a smorgasbord of music from Conservatorium tertiary students. Entry is a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to a not-for-profit organisation as part of Disability Inclusion Week. 

Sydney Ideas – Inclusion by Design: Creating an Inclusive and Accessible Environment

Date: Wednesday 5 September

Time: 6–7.30pm

Location: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School F10

Join a panel discussion exploring how we can develop a view of people and place that is inclusive, universally designed and that gives people with disability access with equity and dignity.

Register now.

Disability at Work Network Lunch

Date: Thursday 6 September

Time: 12.30–2pm

Location: Seminar Room 346, New Law Annexe F10A

All staff with an interest in promoting disability inclusion in the workplace are welcome to attend the DAWN lunch where you can meet the DAWN Executive Sponsor, hear from Steering Committee representatives and connect with colleagues.

Register now.

Deaf Awareness/Basic Auslan Training

Date: Friday 7 September

Time: 12–2pm

Location: Rooms 514/516, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, *G02

This session will cover: 

  • The difference between deaf and hard of hearing people.
  • The different communication methods used by deaf people. 
  • What is Auslan (Australian Sign Language)?
  • Basic Auslan signs.

Register now.

Career Management for Students with Disabilities Q&A Panel

Date: Tuesday 11 September

Time: 1.30–3pm

Location: New Law School Annexe Seminar Room 346

Join our guest speakers from government and industry for an informal panel discussion on the topic of managing your career. Our panellists will cover a range of topics including gaining experience, navigating the recruitment process, making decisions about disclosure and requesting workplace adjustments.

Register now

Ask us anything

Is it ever okay to tell a joke about disability? What are the biggest perks about living with disability? Members of our student and staff community at the University of Sydney who live with a disability came together to answer some anonymous questions you might be too afraid to ask.