Disability Service


The Disability Service is a team of professional Disability Advisors and trained educational support staff. We can support and assist future and current students with disabilities and chronic health conditions to reach their full academic potential. Students with a temporary injury such as a broken limb may also be eligible for assistance.

Students are able to access the service for face-to-face, Zoom and telephone appointments. These are made by calling 1300 668 370 or emailing disability@westernsydney.edu.au.

Alternatively there is the eDisability service available for WSU students, prospective students and their family or external service providers. This service  provides direct email contact with one of the Disability Advisors. Support is available to those who have a condition including: physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, learning disabilities, physical disfigurement and health related.  Examples of conditions being: Cancer, Depression, Crohns, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Hearing and Vision impairment, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Fatigue, a broken arm.

This service is not open to students who are currently registered with Disability Services given they already have access to support through their allocated Disability Advisor.

If you are a staff member and need more information on resources, go to the Disability Service staff resources webpage (staff login required).

The Disability Service helps with:

  • Pre-admission advice
  • Educational Support Service staff (academic note takers, readers, practical assistants and sign interpreters)
  • Training in and access to assistive technology
  • Advocacy on disability related issues
  • Referral to other relevant services
  • Transcription of videos/podcasts
  • Textbooks and educational material in alternative formats

For more information go to the getting help webpage.

What is a disability?

The term 'disability' is a broad term that is used in the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). 1 in 5 Australians have a disability of some type and approximately 80% of these disabilities are 'invisible' meaning that they are not immediately apparent when looking at a person.

The Disability Service can provide support to students with any chronic medical condition, mental illness or other disability including but not limited to:

Kidney failure

Multiple Sclerosis

Dyspraxia

Learning Disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia etc.)

Neurological disability

Epilepsy

Hearing Impairment

HIV / AIDS

Sickle-cell anaemia

Mobility impairment

Depression

Brain Injury

Cerebral Palsy

Diabetes

Vision Impairment

Arthritis

Cystic Fibrosis

Heart Failure

Spinal cord injury

Muscular Dystrophy

Anxiety

Referral to other services

Sometimes you might need to seek assistance from other services, such as a counsellor or a government agency. Western Sydney University Disability Advisors can help you with information and advice about the right services to talk to.

Publications

Contact us

To speak with a Disability Advisor or to make an appointment call 1300 668 370 or email disability@westernsydney.edu.au.

To arrange a Skype appointment, please email your request to disability@westernsydney.edu.au, including your Skype details. We will send the Disability Advisor's Skype details to you when we confirm the appointment by email.

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