Reasonable adjustment can be made for learners with disability
participating in Vocational Education Training (VET). The following information
will help you to understand how reasonable adjustment works
WHAT IS REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT?
Reasonable adjustment means modifications or changes
that give you the same opportunities in training as a person without disability.
Adjustments need to be reasonable. That is, they need to consider the needs of everyone involved so that no one is disadvantaged. This includes you, other learners, your trainers and the impact on your training organisation (RTO).
- DOES NOT give you an advantage over others
- DOES NOT mean that course standards or outcomes will be changed for you– you will still need the basic knowledge and skills to do the course and will need to demonstrate competency in all tasks
- DOES NOT mean that you DO NOT have to follow the student rules
- DOES NOT give you a guarantee of successful course completion – you still need to do the work.
You will have a say in deciding what your reasonable
adjustment will be. The decision will take account of:
- Your needs, abilities and independence
- How and where your course will take place
- The types of reasonable adjustment and resources available.
Some examples of reasonable adjustment are:
- Books or learning materials in an alternative format; for example, audio, electronic, etc.
- Access to specialised software or equipment
- Assistance from a support person; for example, a note-taker or sign language interpreter
- Extra time to complete assessments.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
- Make sure you understand the theoretical and practical requirements of the course before you enrol.
- Find out about any professional association registration and industry licences that you will need for a job.
- Make sure you have the underpinning knowledge and skills for the course you want to do.
- Be aware that reasonable adjustment can take a significant time to organise and may need several meetings. The earlier you discuss your needs with your teacher and/or disability services officer the better.
- It’s your responsibility to make contact and request assistance
It is a difficult decision whether to tell someone about,
or disclose how your disability affects you. The main benefit of disclosing is
that the training facility RTO can then discuss with you whether reasonable
adjustment can help you in your course.
You can take someone with you when you meet with the
RTO. It could be a family member or case worker who can help you to explain your
Be prepared to give details and evidence about the nature
and impact of your disability. A medical and/or school report could be suitable.
Keep in mind the support that you may have used in
the past may not be appropriate in a new training environment. Discuss other
supports and try new things so that reasonable adjustment works for you.
Remember that reasonable adjustment is only reasonable
if it considers the needs of everyone involved. The type and amount of support will
be negotiated with you.
Keep in contact with the RTO. Your needs may change overtime
so your reasonable adjustment may also need to change.