Disability Support

 Disability services

Helping you make the most of your abilities 

At TAFE New England we understand that every student has individual needs and we want to help you make the most of your experience as you study with us.  If you are living with an injury, disability or health conditions such as deafness or hearing impairment, intellectual disability, physical disability and vision impairment, mental health, autism or a learning disability we can provide support. 

The decision to take on study is a big one and we want to be there for you from first contact through to your successful course completion.  By letting our Customer Support staff know about your disability or additional learning needs at the time you enrol, we will be able to make sure you find the right course, and if it is a mainstream or regular course, to get the right support. We may even be able to save you money on your fees!

It is important to tell us if you have (or think you may have) a disability or additional learning need before or when you enrol because we want to save you money on your fees.  This opportunity to save is only available at the time you enrol – so we want to make sure you claim it!

Here are three great reasons to let us know about your disability or additional learning needs when you enrol:
1. You may be eligible for an exemption (you pay nothing) or a concession (you pay a reduced amount) on your course fee.  
2. From 2016, eligible students with a disability and eligible students who are the dependants of Disability Support Pension recipients will be exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled qualification they undertake, regardless of the number of qualifications in which they enrol or the level of the qualification.
3. You’ll get the right support – right from the start - to achieve study success.

If you’re not sure if you have a disability or need additional support, don’t worry, you can talk to our Student Services team, who can help you work this out.  
Our Student Services team will treat your questions as confidential, and the service they provide is free.  These services are available to both enrolled and prospective students.

Our Student Services team can help you choose and apply for an appropriate course and help you access special equipment, note-takers, interpreters, tutors, as well as assistive technology. Your teacher may be able to make changes to course delivery, teaching methods or assessment tasks to suit your needs.
We have a range of technology available for students who have a disability, or may need some support with their studies.

The main thing is to let us know, and let us know soon! We are here, and ready to support you in your learning journey.  Talk to our Student Services team today.

Read a success story on one of our students in the Glen Innes Examiner here

Read about student Evie Clarke below... 

Evie follows her passion at TAFE New England

Evie Logan-Clarke has a passion for food and is, naturally, a huge Masterchef fan, so it’s easy to understand why she chose to enrol in the Certificate II Kitchen Operations at our Armidale campus.

Like most students, Evie wanted to meet new people, learn new skills and gain a qualification. However, Evie, who has Rett Syndrome, had to overcome some challenges to study in a mainstream classroom.

TAFE New England worked with Evie’s mother, Vicki, and her service provider to facilitate Evie’s enrolment. Funding provided by the Department of Family & Community Services meant that her service provider was able to employ a learning assistant to attend classes with Evie.

The learning assistant meant that the class did not have to be modified to suit her needs and this ensured that Evie could enjoy learning in a conventional classroom with her classmates.

“It is so important for people with a disability to be able to study and gain skills this way”, Vicki said.

Evie will gain so much more than a qualification including friends and recognition in the community she lives in”.

“Evie’s learning experience didn’t end in the classroom. As a requirement of the course, students must undertake work placement in a commercial kitchen. Evie undertook her work placement at the Armidale Bowling Club.

The TAFE New England teachers and Armidale Bowling Club staff were accommodating and welcoming of Evie”.

They all know her now which is so important for her to be able to make connections and build her social circle”, Vicki said.

Evie has now completed the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and is looking towards completing the Certificate II in Hospitality in Term 2 of this year.

Disabled student at TAFE New England 

Evie with her assistant Genevieve Tavener