University staff can:
- Familiarise themselves with the University Disability Policy and Procedure
- Access disability inclusion resources via fact sheets available at Staff Resources or in hard copy from the Student Centre.
- In addition, you are encouraged to enhance your knowledge by accessing the Creating Accessible Teaching and Support (CATS) web resource. CATS is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded initiative that focuses on inclusive practice for university staff. It aims to support staff to provide equitable access to university education for people with disability, while maintaining academic standards.
The web resource provides valuable current information and resources for developing inclusive teaching practices, including:
- Inclusive curriculum design and delivery strategies
- Adjustments specific to particular disabilities and health conditions
- Alternative assessment strategies and guidelines
- Assistive technology guidelines
- Physical and information access standards and guidelines.
To assist you to optimise the use of this resource, downloadable and customisable fact sheets and professional development resources for staff training and awareness building are also provided. In addition, there are video resources and a Self Review and Planning Tool (to review existing practice against the Universities Australia (formally AVCC) Guidelines Relating to Students with Disability) available on the CATS site.
The CATS web resource is a fully accessible, well researched and informed national initiative. The University of Tasmania endorses use of the CATS resource to develop and guide excellence in inclusive teaching and learning practices.
Disability Advisers can:
- Assist University staff to support students with disability by evaluating students' need and arranging, via the University Learning Access Plan Procedure, the services and study and assessment accommodations to be put in place by Faculty and School staff, Examinations Office and other University service providers.
- Evaluate the inherent requirements of courses and provide advice to academics regarding fair and reasonable support strategies for students with disability.
- Provide advice to staff with relation to disability legislation and University policy interpretation.
- Develop and deliver workshops on disability and equity issues for staff and students.