AUT University is committed to equity of access and opportunity for AUT students, staff and visitors. This page has information for AUT staff who work with students who are Deaf or have an impairment. AUT's Disability Student Support will work with staff to help students with impairments achieve their full potential.
AUT University supports the principles as laid out in "Kia Orite - Achieving Equity New Zealand Code of Practice".Read more about Kia Orite
How AUT's Disability Student Support works with staff
- We welcome enquiries from staff on disability issues
- We are committed to providing support to any member of staff who works with students with impairments at AUT University
- We strongly advocate working in partnership to give advice and help with resolving any complex issues arising from supporting students enrolled in your programmes
- We can provide a range of advice and support, whether around a specific student’s needs on a 1:1 basis, or general discussions with individuals or groups on disability issues and perspectives
The Disability Student Support service is not a diagnostic service. All students who receive academic accommodations have to verify their impairment and the impact it has on their learning. This has to be provided from a registered professional within the field of the student’s own impairment.
The Learning Advisor (Disability) at the Student Learning Centre provides support and learning assessments for students who may know or suspect they have a specific learning disability.
Contact the Student Learning Centre
Informing lecturers of a student’s needs
We will ensure lecturers and faculties know what support individual student’s need and who is responsible for providing it - the student, faculty or our service. Once a student has been assessed, an Academic Accommodations memo is prepared detailing the required support. This is forwarded to the Programme Administrators and/or Leaders for circulation to all the relevant lecturers and staff.
The details of a student’s impairment are private and not shared with lecturers, faculties or other students in the class, unless the student has given permission to do so.
Relative to other students, students with impairments may be disadvantaged in their educational opportunities in terms of access to the course of their choice and/or realisation of their full potential in the course to which they are admitted. AUT is committed to taking what measures it practicably can to minimise how a student’s impairment may adversely affect their educational opportunities. The need to maintain academic and other prescribed standards has to be maintained whilst at the same time identifying what accommodations a student may reasonably expect.
Examples of ‘reasonable accommodations’
- Supplying additional training or support
- Acquiring or modifying equipment
- Modifying instructions, communication processes or information manuals
- Modifying procedures for assessments and examinations
- Providing a note-taker, reader/writer, sign language interpreter or other support staff to improve reading and communication
- Regular contact to discuss support needs
- Arranging an assessment to make appropriate course adjustments
- Electronically returning comments about an essay to a student with vision impairments
- Altering work placements or making specific field trip arrangements for students with mobility impairments
- Allowing a Deaf student to present their work using New Zealand Sign Language
- Use of a computer for examination, rather than a reader/writer, for someone with a physical impairment
Temporary injuries and ACC
Students with temporary impairments and injuries do not fall under the current criteria for use of Disability Student Support support, e.g. note takers or reader/writers for examinations.
If a student has had an accident that results in a temporary impairment, they should discuss their immediate situation with their lecturer or programme leader to find out how the lecturer may be able to support the student.
How AUT staff can support a student with a temporary injury
- Identifying a student whose notes could be copied
- Identifying whether lecture notes can be provided by the lecturer
- Getting agreement from the lecturer to tape/digitally record classes - equipment could be borrowed from us if available
- Getting agreement from lecturers to approve extensions or extra time for essays/exams
- Identifying that a word processor could be used instead of writing by hand for your exams
- Explore whether deferring studies is the best option
If, because of their accident, the student will be absent from classes for a long time, it is essential that the programme leader is contacted to discuss the implications of their absence.
If the best option is to use a note taker or a reader/writer to help the student, ACC must agree and fund this cost.
AUT's Disability Student Support can guide and advise staff to manage the options that best suit a student's individual situation.