This page has information for new AUT students who are Deaf or have an impairment. We strongly advise that you contact AUT's Disability Student Support at the earliest opportunity to ensure that the appropriate help is in place before you start your study at AUT.
Pre-entry advice: what to do before you start at AUT
Please contact us to make an appointment for your individual needs assessment interview. We will discuss the help you need, and if required, develop a support plan.
Contact AUT's Disability Student Support
When you enrol, you will be asked if you have a disability and if this affects your study. Students who tell us they are have an impairment will be contacted by us. We will send you an information pack that explains the role of the service.
The information is also used for statistical purposes, so the Ministry of Education can compile reports for example. However, only you and some student support staff can view the disability information that you provide.
Remember: The support you receive is not documented on your academic record or marked on your qualification.
Orientation and transition
Orientation is a great opportunity for you to finalise any outstanding enrolment issues and get important information about your course from the programme leaders. Orientation is a also a good way to meet people and make new friends.
Read more about AUT Orientation
Verification of impairment
Your individual assessment may identify your need for specialist equipment or software, academic accommodations or specific support staff.
To access appropriate resources you need to provide:
- Medical evidence of your impairment or condition; or
- Valid supporting professional assessments of your educational needs
Verification can be provided from:
- An educational psychologist, or similar
- A primary health care professional
- A registered disability provider - e.g. The Foundation for the Blind, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand
- AUT's Student Learning Centre
- AUT's Student Advisor - Mental Health (not a diagnostic service, but will liaise with you and your mental health practitioner to confirm diagnoses and needs)
Contact us if you are unsure about the documentation you need
How will my lecturers know what kind of help I need?
Disability Student Support will ensure your lecturers and departments know what support you need and who is responsible for providing it. If there are any changes to your programme that affect what you need, you must contact us so that we can review and adapt what has been arranged for you.
The details of your impairment will stay private and will not be shared with your lecturers unless you have given permission to do so. You may wish to consider sharing some information about the help you need with your lecturers as they may have their own ideas about how best to support you in their classes. We can help you to talk to your lecturers.