At Melbourne Polytechnic, we provide a range of services and supports to students who have a diagnosed medical condition or disability that may impact on their ability to engage in their studies.
Our Student Equity and Access Service (SEAS) assists students whose learning is affected by disabilities including physical, intellectual, sensory, psychiatric and neurological disabilities.
These support services may include equipment loans, adaptive technology, notetakers, tutors, signing interpreters and course materials provided in alternative formats. We’ll meet with you and create a plan that meets your needs as well as provide ongoing support throughout your studies.
Melbourne Polytechnic employs Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) to coordinate and arrange support services for students across all campuses. You can register with the SEAS each year. A DLO will work with you to decide on the services that are required to support you. The service is free and confidential.
Students need to provide supporting documentation from an appropriate health care professional. DLOs require a current letter or report (within three years) from an appropriate health professional to organise support. This must include:
The type of support you receive will be discussed and planned when you meet with your DLO. Supports are based on information given during registration, the nature of the course you’re studying and appropriate supporting documentation. According to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, students with a disability have the right to participate in education on the same basis as other students.
You also have the right to negotiate appropriate reasonable adjustments. What is deemed reasonable will depend on your individual needs, although they must not compromise the learning outcomes of the subject/course or be considered unreasonable by the institute.
For more information please contact the Student Hub on campus or on 9269 1314.