Disability Resources

Disability Employment Network Referral Process for Students

The Disability Employment Network Services can assist school students with disabilities or who are disadvantaged. This document which is current at Feb 2010 outlines the referral process that will enable eligible students to access the services of the DENs. Please note changes to eligibility and process may take place mid 2010.

Disability Resources to Assist the Whole of School Planning

This file contains descriptions of resources and is embedded with hyperlinks to draw attention to existing resources which may help schools consider the many questions and issues around disability in schools and to identify resources which can assist the “whole of school” disability planning and/or the development of a Disability Action Plan.

Perspectives of Students with a Disability on Transitioning to Higher Education

In 2009, a number of Tertiary Students were engaged on a project which aimed to improve the Transition of Victorian secondary school students with a disability on to tertiary education. This document contains some thoughts and advice that the Tertiary Students chose to share with the secondary students.

Procedures for all involved in Work Experience and Vocational Placement for Students with Disabilities

This document has been developed specifically for the ACT for those wishing to place students with a disability on Work Experience or Vocational Placements. Nevertheless it covers some broad ideas and may be of value to Victorian Secondary School staff.

Resources for Students with a Disability in Preparation for Transition from Secondary School to TAFE and University

A web dependant publication which aims to empower students with a disability by raising their awareness of resources worth highlighting to teachers and employers involved in their transition to TAFE, university and employment and to help the students to consider issues such as disclosure and forward planning.

Support for Young People with a Disability Transitioning to TAFE or University

This file contains hyperlinks accompanied by descriptions which helps direct the user towards relevant financial and a range of other support including the Disability Employment Network, Work Education Units and the TAFE and University equality and access services.

Preparing for TAFE: A guide for Students with a Disability in Victoria

Please refer to the link below for the guide for students with disabilities considering TAFE.

  • Download this document

Resources for Student in Transition from Secondary School to TAFE and University

This electronic Guide has been developed by the BNLLEN to assist students with a disability who are contemplating their transition from school to TAFE and/or University.

It aims to benefit students with a disability directly and by raising their awareness of resources worth bringing to the attention of others such as teacher, and employers.

Via a series of hyperlinks, the Guide will connect students to information on Disability Specific Assistance, Assistive and Inclusive Technologies, Accomodations, Disclosure and other areas of interest.

It is hoped that the Guide will help students prepare and plan ahead for some of the questions and issues that they may confront when moving from school to tertiary education and on to work.

Support in Transition to TAFE and University

This is a guide to some services and programs specifically for Students with a Disability moving on to TAFE and University and it also contains information about disability support programs and benefits available for students who have left school.

VTAC Publications

A series of resources for students at Year 10 level and those moving onto TAFE and Uni which are produced by VTAC.

SEAS: Special Entry Access Schemes

SEAS is the centralised application program for special entry schemes available at participating tertiary institutions in Victoria. The SEAS booklet lists all the institutions, their special entry schemes, criteria for applying to those schemes and application instructions. Copies of the booklet are available from all Victorian schools and from institutions participating in the SEAS program.

VICTER 2017 and 2016

VICTER 2017 and VICTER 2016 allow institutions to outline the VCE study requirements needed for entry into their courses in two years time. This advance information is vital for year 10 students planning a VCE curriculum and a future tertiary direction. All Victorian schools are sent a number of reference copies based on the number of year 10 students enrolled.

CHOICE! VCE Studies & The Enter

A companion booklet to VICTER, CHOICE! provides a snapshot of the tertiary system for year 10 students, explains the terms they need to be familiar with and debunks some of the myths commonly associated with choosing subjects by using real life examples. All Victorian schools are sent one copy per year 10 student and an abridged version is published in Melbourne Metro newspapers in July.

Scholarships

Universities in Victoria offer a range of scholarships for students. The Scholarships booklet explains both Access and Equity Scholarships and Institutional Merit Scholarships. Access and Equity scholarships are for students experiencing financial difficulty with the costs of living and studying. Institutional merit based scholarships are awarded to high achieving students.

EduApps on USB

This article has been written by Gerry Kennedy and outlines the free EduApps. This suite of portable applications now comsists of over 90 (ninety) open source and freeware assistive technology applications.

DDA Education Standards Website

The Standards became Federal Law in August 2005. The website has been designed to help users understand important parts of the DDA Education Standards. Whether you are a person with a disability, an associate of a person with a disability, or a person involved in the delivery of education, this website will help you understand some important parts of the DDA Education Standards.

It does not cover the full detail of the DDA Education Standards, just the more important parts of the Standards. The information is provided in three different ways:

  • Plain English Text
  • AUSLAN (In a video file format: Quicktime)
  • Audio Format (mp3)

Inclusions on the website:

Special Provision for School-Based Assessment Requirements

Students are eligible for Special Provision for school-based assessment if their ability to demonstrate their achievement is adversely affected by:

  • Illness – Acute or chronic impairment – Long term
  • Personal circumstances.

Students who think they might be eligible for this Special Provision must apply to their VCE Coordinator. For a medical condition, students will need to provide their school with a current medical letter outlining their diagnosis, and the symptoms and issues which will impact on their school performance.

Students who have experienced a recent personal trauma will require current external evidence. Long-term impairments/disabilities will require a medical statement or recent intellectual and educational testing evidence (learning disability) and a history of how they have been assisted at school over the years.

If a student is eligible, their school will be able to assist them by:

  • Rescheduling assessment tasks, or
  • Setting alternative or substitute tasks, or
  • Allowing more time to complete a task, or
  • Allowing the use of different arrangements to complete an assessment.
  • If none of these provisions reasonably overcomes a student’s situation, their school may decide to determine their result from other assessments or work already done in that study.

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Education

Under Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act, it is against the law to treat someone unfairly or harass (hassle) them in education. This includes sexual harassment.

How is education covered?

Education covers schools, colleges, universities or other institutions where training or education is provided. It also covers people or bodies that run educational institutions.

How can discrimination in education happen?

If it is based on a personal characteristic protected by law, unlawful discrimination may happen when:

  • Deciding who will be admitted as a student; refusing to accept a student’s application; denying or limiting access to benefits; expelling a student; or
  • Any other unfair treatment based on a characteristic protected by law.

Are there any exceptions?

There are some exceptions that apply to the law covering education.

When are discrimination and harrassment against the law?

Are there any exceptions?

How do I make a complaint?