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 a small part of your degree, or for the whole 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, chronic condition or drug and 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 from all walks of life who are motivated to embrace and enjoy university life, and enhance their well-being alongside the experience of a disability or being a carer.
The network is not about being defined by our circumstance, but supporting each other throughout university.
We place no pressure on our members to disclose information about their disability or caring responsibilities.
What do we get up to?
- We have regular social meetings where you can meet some great people and get involved in a number of activities, some of which include:
- Picnics near the University
- Hanging out in the USYD community garden
- Movie afternoons…free food (Yay!)
- And more to be announced
Are you studying with a disability?
Sydney University is a great place to study, however the experience of dealing with a disability can sometimes make your studies difficult. For this reason, Disability Services provide a range of adjustments to suit individual needs (there’s no one size fits all here!). Some adjustments might include assignment extensions, access to note takers or lecture recordings, larger font exams or timetable adjustments to move classes closer together.
These are just a few of the many adjustments Disability Services can arrange for you. To receive support for this service, students must register online, provide supporting documentation and meet with a Disability Officer to discuss their needs. For more info, visit http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/disability/ or contact disability services directly on (02) 8627 8422.
Are you 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 recognize the greater need for flexibility whilst caring and studying. The Disabilities and Carers Network is currently campaigning for the recognition and support of Student Carers (particularly within the Disability Action Plan Committee) and has established an informal network of Student Carers on campus.
What can we do for you?
First and foremost, we’re here to help you out! We also make your voices heard by the university, and represent you and the issues you face. Contact us if you have any questions relating to disability and study or want to get involved in the network. Welcome to Sydney University, we hope to see you soon!
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.