Griffith University has maintained a strong commitment to Equity throughout its life as a university. Students with disabilities are not only one of Federal Government’s equity target groups but are also included in the University’s plans, policies and strategies as a priority equity group.
Whilst the University’s plans include broad strategies that should have the effect of increasing access and participation of people with disabilities in all facets of university life, a Disability Action Plan provides a particular focus in this area.
PURPOSE In line with the Disability Discrimination Act and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, the Disability Action Plan for Griffith University is designed to provide guidelines for action for the Griffith community. Its objectives will be achieved through the strategies outlined in the plan, and through other initiatives and actions implemented by those with responsibility for various aspects of the plan.
CONTEXT The University’s Disability Action Plan has also been developed within the context of numerous national initiatives including,
DEST Higher Education Equity Support Program (ESP) and the Higher Education Disability Support Program (DSP)
Universities Australia Guidelines
AVCC Guidelines Relating to Students with Disabilities (2006) - http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au
Guidelines on Information Access for Students with Disabilities (2004) - http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au
Creating Accessible Teaching and Support Project - http://www.adcet.edu.au/cats/
Web Accessible Network of Australian Universities - http://www.wanau.org/
Assistive technology project commissioned by the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology
The Disability Action Plan also relates to and draws upon key University plans. The University’s Strategic and Academic Plans (http://www.griffith.edu.au/office-vice-chancellor/key-university-documents) provide the context for action and Faculty/Element operational plans should incorporate specific actions to enact the strategies referred to in the body of the Disability Action Plan. (See Appendix 1 outlining relationship of the Action Plan to other Griffith Plans and Strategies.)
EXISITING POLICIES AND PRACTICES Griffith has a number of students and staff who have disabilities. (Institutional Student Equity performance data can be found in Appendices 2 & 3.) The University has been responsive to issues related to access for people with disabilities for many years and is recognised as a leader in innovative and good practice in the provision of services and support to people with disabilities. For example, in 2007, the contribution of the
Griffith University Disability Action Plan: Final