University of Auckland: Disability Services

The UoA's Student Disability Services should be able to assist people with:
  • a mental health condition (students only).
  • a learning disability (students only).
  • impairment due to a medical condition.
  • physical/mobility impairment.
  • a head injury.
  • a speech impairment.
  • vision or hearing impairment.
  • people that are blind or Deaf.
Contact the Disability services Staff generally should you have specific questions. 

Hopeworks is well known to Richard Napier who is the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities:
    Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87330

Here's some Q&A we conducted with the UoA:

Q: How many staff members does your service have?
A: SDS (Student Disability Services) has 7 staff members. This includes two specialist mental health advisors.

Q: Do you provide a buddy system for people with impairment for example to assist with navigating on campus?
A: At the beginning of each semester a number of volunteer guides are available to point students in the right direction. SDS will also provide an orientation tour to show you the best way to navigate the campus.

Q: Do you have dedicated facilities for studying and examinations e.g. quiet rooms?
A: SDS has 4 dedicated resource spaces for students to access.

Q: What is an Aegrotat or Compasionate Consideration Application?
A: You can apply for aegrotat and compassionate consideration if you feel that personal circumstances affected your exam performance or preparation. The purpose of this is to ensure that your academic progress is not unduly impeded by illness, injury, bereavement or other critical personal circumstances beyond your immediate control.

Q: How many disabled students do you typically have in a year as a number or a percentage?
A: On average SDS has 800 students registered with its service. 

In addition the UoA Disability Service provides this Q&A on their site:

Auckland University of Technology : Disability Student Support

AUT's Disability Student Support can help by offering specialist advice and support to AUT students who:
  • Have a confirmed impairment or diagnosis
  • Are Deaf or hearing impaired
  • Are blind or vision impaired
  • Have a specific learning disability - dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Have a specific impairment - Asperger's, autistic spectrum disorders, Irlen's syndrome
  • Have mental health issues
  • Have mobility issues
  • Have an impairment, long term injury or illness
You can contact the service if you have specific questions.

University of Canterbury

UoC offers a Disability Resource Service who can assist students with disabilities by providing appropriate, disability-related study support services and specialist resources such as:

  • Practical support (e.g. Interpreters, Notetakers)
  • Assistive technology (e.g. Digital voice recorder, CCTV, screen reading and voice recognition software)
  • Information in alternate formats (e.g. electronic, enlarged, tactile diagrams, Braille)
  • Special arrangements for exams (e.g. extra time, separate room, readers and writers)
Contact details of the Disability Resource Service