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ERIC Number: ED561749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Supporting Tertiary Students with a Disability or Mental Illness. Good Practice Guide
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Having a disability or ongoing ill health (including mental health conditions) can significantly disrupt an individual's educational attainment and employment prospects, potentially creating lifelong social and economic disadvantage. These students may need additional support to help them successfully complete their studies. In addition, education providers are required to ensure that these students are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth of Australia 1992) and the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth of Australia 2005). This good practice guide is designed to assist teaching staff and disability services staff in both vocational education and training (VET) and higher education institutions to offer individualised or institution-level adjustments in teaching, learning and assessment methods to support students with disabilities or ongoing ill health. It is based on research that considers the viewpoints of these tertiary students, as well as specialist disability services workers and teaching staff. The adoption of these principles aims to improve the educational experience and rate of course completions for these students. [For the related report, "Students with Disabilities: Individualised and Institution-Level Approaches in Practice. Research Report," see ED561848.]
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. P.O. Box 8288, Stational Arcade, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Tel: +61-8-230-8400; Fax: +61-8-212-3436; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia