Macquarie University Accessibility Unit in the spotlight

Friday, 7 May 2010 09:45am

The work of Macquarie University’s Accessibility Unit has been featured in an article, ‘Clearing a path to learning’, in the Sydney Morning Herald this week. The article outlines the wide range of support available to students with disabilities, including those with sensory impairment, provided by the unit.

The Accessibility Unit was developed in 2004 to provide students with a disability with the support needed to not only ‘pass’ a degree, but to be given the chance to excel. Each student is paired with an education developer who develops an individual action plan and liaises with relevant lecturers and tutors on the student’s behalf.

Support for students who are blind or have low vision includes the use of screen readers, screen reading software and the ‘DAISY’ digital talking book, which allows the user to navigate through a book’s contents as well as hearing it.

Macquarie University should be applauded for its holistic commitment to access and personalised service, giving students the practical and emotional support needed to thrive at university.

The full article can be viewed on the Sydney Morning Herald website.


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