A Learning Access Plan (LAP) is the formal document developed through Disability Services that details the specialist services, study and assessment accommodations available to an individual student with a disability and/or health condition. Students who need support and study adjustments are required to provide documentation from a health practitioner or if diagnosed with a Learning Disability, required to provide a psychological educational assessment from a relevant practitioner (e.g. School or Educational Psychologist). Once documentation is provided, an appointment can be made to meet with a Disability Adviser to develop a LAP. Please note that Graduate Research candidates are not placed on LAP plans; they are instead individually case managed. For more information refer to the information sheet on the Graduate Research website.
The following detail is provided to define the categories in a LAP. Each LAP is categorised as either:
If ongoing study and assessment accommodations are required by a student with a LAP of a temporary nature, in most cases, further medical documentation is required and a new LAP is created.
All LAPs are reviewed each semester to ensure the University is providing the students with appropriate supports and accommodations.
A student with a permanent LAP may have a new plan created if their condition changes, or the availability/appropriateness of support services change. Additionally, a new LAP will be required if a student's course code changes.
The LAP will indicate the type of disability as hearing, vision, medical, mobility, physical, mental health or learning disability. Some students with more complex issues may have a combination of types listed.
The arrangements which are approved by the Faculty(ies) Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, for the student, are categorised under the relevant service provider and specify the study and assessment accommodations that are required to appropriately support the student with their studies. Some services have a service level agreement, specifying which level of service is required to meet the needs of the student.
The LAP procedure ensures fair, reasonable and consistent assessment of implications, documentation and implementation of the services and adjustments.
|Step 1||Download the Access to Assistance for Students with Disability/Health Condition form which includes a Health Practitioner's Report form or if you have a recognised Learning Disability you are required to provide a hard copy of a psychological educational/psychometric assessment completed no earlier than senior schooling years from a relevant practitioner (e.g. School or Educational Psychologist).||Student|
Have your Health Practitioner complete the Report form in relation to:
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|Step 3||Submit Health Practitioner's Report or Psychological Educational/Psychometric Assessment to Student Centre and make an appointment with the Disability Adviser.||Student|
|Step 1||Review the Health Practitioner's Report and any additional information provided by specialist community service providers or Psychological Educational/Psychometric Assessment.||Disability Adviser|
|Step 2||Refer to the practitioner's recommendations and interview the student to evaluate the impact of disability/health condition.||Disability Adviser and Student|
|Step 3||Identify obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act and University policies in relation to student's participation in their chosen course/units (including inherent requirements of the course/units).||Disability Adviser|
Identify services and adjustments through consideration of the following factors:
||Disability Adviser and Student|
|Step 5||Document the implications of the students' disability and/or health condition on study, relevant services and reasonable study and assessment adjustments within the Learning Access Plan application - student signs completed version.||Disability Adviser and Student|
|Step 6||Submit completed Learning Access Plan application to the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning (AD T&L) within 1 work day.||Disability Adviser|
|Step 7||Approve (discuss with Disability Adviser as required) Learning Access Plan application and return signed copy to Disability Adviser within 7 work days.||Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)|
|Step 8||Provide secured electronic copy of approved Learning Access Plan to student (with a LAP Distribution List), AD T&L and Examinations Office within 2 work days.||Disability Adviser|
|Step 9||Distribute approved Learning Access Plan to relevant UTAS service providers and academic staff for implementationm within 10 calendar days initially (of receiving approved LAP), and prior to end of week 2 of each new semester ongoing.||Student|
|Step 10||Review services and adjustments and alter where necessary through consultation with student and UTAS staff. All LAPs to be reviewed twice per year.||Disability Adviser|
Note: All timeframes stated above in this process are contingent on requests for further information.
Authorised by the Executive Director, Student Centre
22 February, 2013