Disability services

The Northern Sydney Institute is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities for students with a disability or medical condition and ensuring that reasonable adjustments are made through consultation and negotiation.

Disability Services at the Northern Sydney Institute offers a range of services to support students with a disability. Depending on your needs and the resources available, the following reasonable adjustment may be offered:

  • course advice and enrolment assistance
  • assistive technology and equipment
  • group tutorial support
  • disability staff.

Our team of professional Teacher Consultants are dedicated to helping students achieve their learning potential.

Disability orientation sessions

Orientation sessions for students with a disability are held in each of the campuses at the beginning of each semester. At these sessions you will be given important information about the support services available. New students are recommended to attend one of these sessions to ensure that you have all of the information you need.

Contact us on (02) 9942 0056 about the next orientation session at your campus.

Learning Access Plans

Our teacher consultants will develop individual Learning Access Plans for each student registering for disability support. To ensure the best outcome, students need to:

  • provide medical documentation from an appropriate health professional. If you do not have this documentation then you may use this Health Practitioner Report Form to get the information needed.
  • meet with a Disability Teacher Consultant at the campus you are planning to attend to discuss your learning needs and to develop your Learning Access Plan. You may also meet with the Head Teacher. Reasonable adjustments include modification to assessments and provision of additional services, however adjustments are not provided that would undermine the inherent learning required.

The information you give to the teacher consultant is confidential. If required, we will seek your permission to speak with your teachers or other TAFE staff about your learning needs. The services provided will vary according to the needs of each student and the course requirements.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology includes devices, tools, hardware and software that enable people with disability to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. The Northern Sydney Institute has invested in a range of assistive technologies to empower students to gain independence in their learning. Speak with your Disability Teacher Consultant about the types of technology that will help you to complete your study.

More information

Disability Teacher Consultants can help you prior to and during enrolment and during your training. If you have a disability/medical condition and feel you may benefit from these services, it is important that you make contact with the Disability Teacher Consultants as soon as possible. This will allow us to work with you to determine and put in place the necessary adjustments as soon as possible.

For information or to make an appointment please contact Disability Support Unit on:
Phone: (02) 9942 0056
Email: nsi.disabilities@tafensw.edu.au

Relevant legislation

A guide to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 - Australian Human Rights Commission

The Disability Standards for Education (2005) - Department of Education