Disability and accessibility
Our teacher-consultants are here to assist you to achieve your study goals. Our services include access and mobility strategies, learner support, exam assistance, note-takers and interpreters, identifying and training in the use of adaptive technologies.
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Teacher-consultants can arrange appropriate access on behalf of students or they can organise the location of a class to be changed. They can also:
- Assist with organising attendant care
- Give or organise college orientation
- Provide mobility training.
Learning support services can help you reach your study goals. Learning support is organised through the teacher-consultant and is based on your individual needs. Learning support can be one-to-one or in a group.
Examples of learner support:
- Organisation or explanation of class notes
- Writing and study skills
- Help with assignments
- Modification of learning materials
- Organisation of assessments in alternative formats
- Training and assistance in using adaptive technology.
Exams can be given in different ways. This may be arranged by the teacher-consultant after discussions with you and the teacher. Exam assistance is flexible and, if necessary, may include one or more of the following services:
- Extra time
- Break times
- A reader and/or writer
- Exams rewritten in plain English
- Interpreters for Deaf and hearing impaired students
- Separate exam rooms
- Adaptive equipment such as computers, reading and writing aids, special seating or lighting changes
- Exam materials in different formats such as Braille or large print.
Note-takers go to class with you and take class notes in plain English. They can also explain the notes to you after class. Alternatively, you may prefer to use adaptive equipment such as a computer or FM listening equipment.
If you are Deaf or hearing impaired, an interpreter can be provided to communicate what is happening in the classroom. The interpreter will, as far as possible, communicate all discussions, information and demonstrations delivered by teachers and/or students in the class.
They will also communicate your comments to the rest of the class.
Talk to your teacher-consultant about the range of assistive technology that we can provide. It will depend on your personal needs however, it may include:
- Audio systems such as FM systems and amplification devices
- Computers and computer aids and software including screen readers
- Wheelchair access and modified furniture
- Manual dexterity assistance
- Writing and reading assistance.
Some teacher-consultants work at more than one college so they may not be located at Petersham but you can contact them using the numbers below.
|Area of service||Phone numbers|
|Chronic Illness/ Physical Disabilities||02 9469 8642 or 0459 134 677|
|Intellectual Disabilities||02 9335 2532|
|Mental Health||02 9335 2310|
|Neurological/Specific Learning Disabilities||02 9217 3628|
|Visual||02 9217 4601|
|Deaf/Hearing Impaired||0408 252 304 (SMS)|