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  • Information Services Disability Access Resources - A user manual has been developed that outlines the key features of and how to use the assistive hardware and software supplied at Griffith University. A copy of the manual is available in the Assistive Technology Centres at each campus. Information Services have also developed more detailed training manuals for some of the assistive software that is provided at Griffith Unversity. These are available in a range of formats and may include print, large print, braille, and audiotape. A full-text version is available for the Jaws (Word .doc), and ZoomText Xtra (Word .doc) software.

  • Information Services web development - Five Key Habit Changes for Better Accessibility http://www.griffith.edu.au/webdevsupport/support/tutorials/fivekeyhabits/

  • Office of Facilities Management A range of initiatives including access maps available online - http://www.griffith.edu.au/about/maps.html

  • Office of Finance and Business Services – Logistics - Intercampus bus between Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses is accessible.

  • Equity and Diversity in Assessment Practices – a collaborative project with the Griffith Law School. The project reviewed assessment policies and practices to ensure they took into account difficulties experienced by equity target groups, for example, Indigenous students, students with disabilities (particularly ‘hidden’ disabilities), students from low SES backgrounds, and international students - http://www.griffith.edu.au//school/law/

  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science has held a Dinner with a Difference for students and staff. For part of the dinner, the participants are blindfolded while they eat. The experience is then discussed with a person who has a vision impairment who outlines their experiences and strategies for managing. The dinner began in 2003.

  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science have worked with the Manager, Student Equity Services to have one lecture in the Masters of Physiotherapy Program each semester that focuses on communication strategies with people with particular disabilities. These sessions have been run each semester since 2002.

  • Student Services Health Week activities – distribution of information to staff and students on various topics including Disabilities Services Queensland’ publications.

  • Staff from Student Equity Services have participated in workshops/seminars on Work Integrated Learning, including being a member on a panel discussing issues in 2001.

Disabilities Service initiatives/activities

  • Make recommendations about reasonable adjustments and alternative assessment arrangements for individual students with disabilities

  • Collaboration with Counselling Service, Health Service and others to develop a process for responding to student mental health issues

  • Essential Requirement Guidelines – A project begun in 2001 to develop guidelines and procedures that will assist academic staff to identify and examine the nature of the essential requirements of their courses/programs in order to make the reasonable adjustments. This project has evolved as developments with the DDA and in Higher Education have been implemented. The resources will be further enhanced with resources about the new AVCC Guidelines and the DDA Education Standards. Resources have been used particularly to assist academic staff resolve issues related to professional placements.

Griffith University Disability Action Plan: Final


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