Carers Week 2014: Carers in Higher Education resources
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The Disabilities & Carers Student Network
What is a disability?
Don’t be afraid of the word ‘disability’- it covers all sorts of conditions from the seemingly insignificant to the debilitating. Disabilities can be temporary or permanent and may affect you for part of your degree, or for the entire time. For some, disability might mean having a sensory impairment, mental health problem, chronic medical condition, physical or learning impairments, to name a few.
Who are Carers?
The term ‘Carer’ refers to anyone that provides substantial informal support to someone they know with a disability, an ongoing illness, mental illness, chronic condition or drug or alcohol condition. Examples of care may include domestic, financial, practical or medical management, personal care and emotional support.
What is the Disabilities and Carers Student Network?
Our network is made up of an amazing group of students who are motivated to embrace and enjoy university life and enhance their well-being alongside the experience of disability. Our student network is not about being defined by our circumstance but about enjoying each other and supporting each other throughout university. We place no pressure or expectations on our members to disclose information regarding their disability or caring responsibilities.
What do we get up to?
We have regular social meetings where you can not only meet some great people but get involved in a number of activities such as:
· Art making workshops
· Hanging out in the USYD community garden
· Relaxation classes
· And more to be announced
Studying with a disability?
Sydney University is a great place to study, however the experience of disability can sometimes make your studies difficult. For this reason, Disability Services provide a range of adjustments to suit individual needs. Some adjustments might include: assignment extensions, access to note-takers, larger font exams or requests for classes to be closer together. To receive support from this service, students must register online, provide supporting documentation and meet with a Disability Officer to discuss their needs. For more information, visit: http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/disability/ or contact Disability Services directly on (02) 8627 8422.
Studying whilst Caring?
Caring commitments often impact study considerably. As there is no formal data collection on Student Carers, they are largely an ‘invisible’ group. At this time no formal support mechanisms (like Disability Services) exist that recognise the greater need for flexibility whilst caring and studying. The Disabilities & Carers Student Network is currently campaigning for the recognition and support of Student Carers, and has established an informal network of Student Carers on campus.
What can we do for you?
Your Disabilities and Carers Officers are here to help you out – to make your voices heard by the university, to represent you and the issues you face. Contact us if you have any questions relating to disability and study or want to know more about what we do.
How to join?
It’s free, so just come along to one of our social events! Follow our Facebook page (search: USYD SRC Disabilities & Carers) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Sydney University, we hope to see you soon!
Allie, Sarah & Yaz
Your 2014 Disabilities & Carers Student Officers
Survey: Student Carers
A survey designed by the Disabilities Officers to collect students’ attitudes, opinions and experiences relating to studying and caring.
This information will be used to build a greater understanding of how the system functions for students, and may be shared for the purpose of campaigning on behalf of students’ interests.
Survey: Studying with a disability – The Sydney Uni Experience
A survey designed by the Disabilities Officers to collect students’ attitudes, opinions and experiences relating to their disability at the University of Sydney.
This information will be used to build a greater understanding of how this system functions for students, and may be shared for the purpose of campaigning on behalf of students’ interests.