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Reasonable Adjustment2019-01-25T15:34:18+00:00

Reasonable Adjustment

Reasonable adjustments (also referred to as ‘accommodations’) refer to the support provided by tertiary institutions for students with a disability or health condition to ensure equal access to teaching and learning. Reasonable adjustments are referred to in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education 2005. States and Territories may also have their own legislation such as ACT Discrimination Act 1991. Tertiary institutions also align their commitment to reasonable adjustments with their own Disability Action Plans.
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Reasonable Adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment for learners with Disability

Sourcing Alternative Format Material

Information access is an essential requirement for all tertiary students. For those with a print disability, the access to essential and additional reading materials can be inhibited due to the difficulties in sourcing relevant and timely alternative format materials.

It is understood that only 5% of the world’s printed information is available in an alternative format. For this reason, individuals requiring alternative format material are dependant on its transcription through their own means or that of an external service such as a University.

Students requiring alternative formats due to a print disability include:

  • A person with blindness or low vision

  • A person unable to hold or manipulate books or to focus or move their eyes

  • A person with a perceptual disability

Alternative formats include:

  • Audio (Including cassette, CD, mp3, DAISY – Digital Accessible Information System)

  • Braille

  • Electronic (including html, Word, PDF)

  • Large Print (recommended size 16 / sans serif font such as Arial)

Electronic format is increasingly becoming the most common format for accessible material to be provided in. This is due to the emerging technologies allowing the manipulation of electronic text to enable accessibility for a wide range of needs. Technology enabling access for students with disabilities includes:

  • JAWS screen reading software

  • Refreshable Braille display

  • MAGIC magnification software

  • WYNN software

  • Read and Write Gold

  • Dolphin Easy Converter

There is also an increasingly wide range of free ware and low cost alternatives allowing the manipulation of electronic text into alternative formats.

Sourcing alternative format material

Revised reasonable adjustment guide now available
Recent legislative changes have prompted updates to the vocational education and training (VET) guidelines for reasonable adjustment. Based on these changes as well as feedback from VET practitioners, we have recently updated the Reasonable adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment: A guide for VET practitioners.

This guide is used widely by VET practitioners to make reasonable adjustment for learners with disability. Teachers, trainers, tutors, disability practitioners and educational managers can apply the strategies and measures outlined in the guide to ensure learners with disability are not disadvantaged when undertaking training or undergoing assessment.

As part of this update, we have streamlined the guidelines; updated legislative references, including copyright based on the December 2017 legislative changes; and outlined the interface of VET supports and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Check out the latest revision of the guide.