AUT - Resources for students who are Deaf or have a disability or impairment

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Resources for students who are Deaf or have a disability or impairment

AUT University's Disability Student Support service offers various forms of support while you are studying.

Resources for Deaf and hearing impaired students

Some of our Disability Student Support staff have varying levels of proficiency in New Zealand Sign Language, but AUT also employs New Zealand Sign Language interpreters who are available to interpret for students.

Kyle Macfadyen is the Disability Student Advisor who supports Deaf and hearing impaired students. At your individual needs assessment interview, he will assess and organise the necessary help that you require.

We understand that every student is an individual and will have their own communication style preferences. It is advisable that you contact Kyle as soon as you are considering enrolling to ensure that we have the appropriate resources available to you.

Send Kyle an email

If you identify on your enrolment that you are Deaf or hearing impaired, we will be notified and will write to advise you what you need to do next.

What support is available?

  • Sign language interpreting for students fluent in New Zealand Sign Language
  • Radio microphones and FM amplifying speakers
  • Digital recorders and SmartPens
  • Loop systems
  • Assistance and strategies for accessing lecture content and notes, e.g. notes online, note-taking support
  • Support to discuss your individual needs with lecturers and academic departments
  • Alternative arrangements for assessments and examinations, e.g. extra time, readers/writers

Resources for visually impaired students

Students with a range of visual impairments may require print materials in alternative formats to suit their needs. Before your individual needs assessment interview, you will need to contact your lecturers as soon as possible to find out what your course materials are. It is important that this occurs well in advance, so that they can be located and transcribed in time for you to use them.

Your individual needs assessment interview will include an assessment and support from the Adaptive Technology and Alternative Formats Coordinator. Together a support plan will be developed. If required, you may receive training on the use of various software programmes.

Getting around

Some lifts have either raised numerals or Braille and some lifts also have “doors opening/closing” and floor voice announcements. Support and guide dogs, trained and supplied by a registered disability provider, are welcome on campus.

Support is designed to maximise your capacity to become an independent learner whilst studying at AUT. Remember that the key to successful study is to plan ahead, check out the environment and resources, ask for assistance and do so at the earliest opportunity.

What support is available?

  • Advice and support for personal campus orientation with your RNZFB Orientation and Mobility Instructor. Contact them early to arrange your assessment and training
  • Advice and support on personalising assistive technology and hardware to meet your needs
  • One-to-one training on available technology
  • Access to study materials in alternative formats
  • Access to the Adaptive Technology rooms in the libraries at the City Campus and North Shore Campus
  • Support to discuss your individual needs with lecturers and academic departments
  • Alternative arrangements for assessments and examinations, e.g. extra time, readers, the use of technology
  • Individual support for reading, scanning and library support work
  • Assistance and strategies for accessing lecture content and notes, e.g. notes online, note taking support
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Resources for physically impaired students

At Disability Student Support, we are committed to providing physical access to all teaching areas on AUT's City, North Shore and South Campus. We can advise you regarding your needs, including parking, identifying problem areas, and seeking solutions.

If you want to park your car on campus, there are designated spaces that are available for mobility cardholders. Please display your mobility card at all times and give your car registration details to the main Reception on your first day.

Most buildings are wheelchair accessible by ramp or lift, and have an accessible toilet close by. As soon as you know the location of your classes, please contact us for more detailed information and maps.

View the AUT campus maps

Download the Auckland CBD access map (Be Accessible website)

Campus accessibility

Wheelchair accessible are: all lecture theatres, classrooms and buildings at AUT, most restrooms on campus, some apartments and rooms in AUT student accommodation.

Many doors have automatic openers and students who use a wheelchair have priority if there is a queue for a lift.

Most lifts have doors “opening/closing” and floor voice announcements. Support and guide dogs, trained and supplied by a registered disability provider, are welcome on campus.

Support is designed to maximise your capacity to become an independent learner whilst studying at the University. Remember that the key to successful study is to plan ahead, check out the environment and resources, ask for assistance and do so at the earliest opportunity.

What support is available?

  • Advice and support with campus orientation
  • Resolving accessibility issues to classrooms and buildings
  • Support to discuss your individual needs with lecturers and academic departments
  • Alternative arrangements for assessments and examinations, e.g. extra time, readers/writers, use of computers
  • The use of technology to support independence
  • Assistance and strategies for accessing lecture content and notes, e.g. notes online, access to note-taking support
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Support for students with specific learning disabilities

Specific learning disabilities is a general term that is used to describe people who may have challenges with listening, speaking, reading, writing, remembering things, reasoning, or mathematics. It could be something that you have always been managing, or the long term result following an illness, medical condition or injury.

Dyslexia and specific learning disabilities

Other words to describe specific learning disabilities are:
  • Attention Deficit Disorder - AD(H)D
  • Aspergers
  • Autism
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Irlen’s syndrome

If you have been diagnosed with any specific learning disability, we would need to see the report, usually from an educational psychologist, before we can agree to any additional help.

If you do not have an assessment report, but know or suspect you are having difficulties, we may be able to help. We work closely with the Student Learning Centre. You can arrange a meeting and a learning assessment with them.

Contact the Student Learning Centre

Support is designed to maximise your capacity to become an independent learner whilst studying at AUT. Remember that the key to successful study is to plan ahead, check out the environment and resources, ask for assistance and do so at the earliest opportunity.

What is a learning assessment?

A learning assessment aims to find out what your strengths are and where you may need help. You will be helped to develop plans to assist with your studies. In some cases, additional support may be provided. We advise that you contact us as soon as possible.

What support is available?

  • Information on disability related issues
  • Support to discuss individual needs with programme leaders and lecturers
  • Advice and information about specialised equipment and computer software to maintain independent learning
  • Assistance and strategies for accessing lecture content and notes, e.g. notes online, note-taking support
  • Help to manage unavoidable absences from class
  • Help to study papers on a part-time basis
  • Alternative arrangements for assessments and examinations, e.g. separate rooms and reader/writers for exams
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Support for students with other impairments

Disability Student Support recognises that those students with depression and other mental health issues, medical conditions, chronic illnesses or other impairment, may require additional help and resources while studying.

What support is available?

  • Advice and support with campus orientations
  • Resolving accessibility issues to classrooms and buildings
  • Support to discuss your individual needs with lecturers and academic departments
  • Alternative arrangements for assessments and examinations, e.g. extra time, readers/writers, use of computers
  • The use of technology to support independence
  • Assistance and strategies for accessing lecture content and notes, e.g. notes online, access to note-taking support
  • Help to manage unavoidable absences from class
  • Help to study papers on a part-time basis
  • AUT's Student Advisor - Mental Health (not a diagnostic service, but will liaise with you and your mental health practitioner to confirm diagnosis and needs)

An individual needs assessment interview will identify the help you need. The purpose is to determine what you need to maximise your capabilities and independence, to help you overcome barriers and to ensure you can participate fully according to your abilities, resources, culture and goals.

Temporary injuries and ACC

If you have an accident that results in an injury that affects your studies, you should contact your lecturers immediately. Your lecturers will advise how they can help you. If, because of your accident, you are going to be absent from classes for a long time, it is essential that the programme leader is also contacted to discuss the implications of your long term absence.

Your accident must also be reported to ACC if you are going to need extra help to continue with your studies.

Your lecturers may be able to assist in a number of ways:

  • Help you identify a student whose notes could be copied
  • Let you know whether they can give you notes
  • Agree to tape/digitally record classes - equipment could be borrowed from us, if available
  • Agree to approve extensions or extra time for essays/exams
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Last updated: 28 Aug 2013 2:31pm

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