Disability Services

Bendigo TAFE's Disability Support Service can assist with study support.

To be eligible for support, you must provide supporting documentation identifying your disability, impairment, or long-term condition. Documentation is required to be completed by an appropriate health or medical professional.

Disability Liaison Officer

The Disability Liaison Officer will be able to provide advocacy support in communicating your needs to other Bendigo TAFE staff and also refer students to other relevant services within Bendigo TAFE

Adjustments can be made on a case-by-case basis and may include:

  • modified assessment arrangements
  • accessibility support worker assistance
  • equipment loans
  • assistive technology
  • accessible formatting
  • extensions to assignments
  • flexibility in attendance requirements
  • ergonomic furniture.

Accessibility Support Officers

We can arrange for an Accessibility Support Officer to assist you in class with the below supports;

  • In class note-takers
  • Tutoring support
  • Auslan interpreters
  • Study skills support

Learning Access Plan

A Learning Access Plan is a document the Disability Liaison Officer produces with you. It summarises the following:

  • recommendations for teaching adjustments
  • assessment and examination adjustments
  • the impacts of your health condition or disability on your learning
  • your responsibilities

Course Material or Technology Support

The Disability Liasion officer can assist in looking at different formats or technologies to support you during your course, and this may include accessing the below study materials or equipment

  • Enlarged print
  • Braille
  • Ergonomic chairs/footrests/document holders
  • Software
  • Adaptive keyboards/mouses

You can contact 13 TAFE (13 8233) and ask to speak with the Disability Liaison Officer.

Disability Transition Officer

Bendigo TAFE provides personalised support for students with disability transitioning from secondary school (including specialist schools and alternate education settings) to a TAFE environment.

Our Disability Transition Officer provides the following support:

Personalised Support: Our DTO provides tailored guidance and assistance for students with disabilities, ensuring their smooth and successful transition from secondary school to Bendigo Kangan Institute.

Collaborative Approach: Working within a 'Team Around the Learner' framework, our DTO partners with schools, care teams, and tertiary education support services to create a supportive environment for every student.

Understanding Rights: Our DTO helps students and their families understand their rights regarding Reasonable Adjustment and ensures they are aware of the support available in a tertiary education setting.

Comprehensive Planning: From developing a transition plan for the first 90 days to facilitating support group meetings and assisting with the enrollment process, our DTO ensures that every aspect of the transition is carefully planned and executed.

Community Engagement: Our DTO collaborates with external stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding of the transition process, fostering a more inclusive and supportive community for students with disabilities.

You can contact our Disability Transition Officer via email disabilitytransition@bendigotafe.edu.au