Disability Resource Service - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
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Disability Resource Service Team

Information about the Disability Resource Service

Download Handbook (PDF)

Disability Support Team

Directory for community services (Canterbury)

http://www.newzealanders.org: a website for the disability community

Disability Support Team

Insider's Guide to UC archive

Read through the Insider's Guide archives

NZSL in use in class in 2015

New Zealand Sign Language Course - Term 3 2017

The NZSL course offered in Term 3 is now open for registration, for further information please click here.

‘DRS has helped me immensely through my studying journey...’

Paris Bronté Studying towards a BTchLn(Primary)
Co-Founder, Tattoo Removal Co.
(read profile)

Disability Resource Service News

Stress Management Workshops as we head towards UC Exams

This session is organised and presented by the UC Health Centre, and the facilitator for the session will be Sarah Hardie. Please click here for more inforamation.

Held on Tuesday 30th May at 12pm - enrol here

Revision and Exams Skills

The Academic Skills Centre will also be holding Revision and Exam Skills sessions on:

  • Tuesday, 30 May between 1-1.50 am (this session is designed for non-calculation-based exams)
  • Wednesday, 31 May between 1-1 50 pm (for calculation based exams).

More information about these sessions can be found at Academic Skills Centre

New Zealand Sign Language Course Term 3 2017

The NZSL course offered in Term 3 is now open for registrations.
Please click here for further information.

Courses are open to UC students and staff.

UC Graduation Success

Robert Perry took 10 years to complete his Master of Science but his perseverence and tenacity paid off when he graduated with distinction on Thursday 13th April. He put his success down to the perserverance and the assistance of UC Disability Resource Service Advisor Rachel Rogers who "always had a game plan when I was panicking".
See the full story on Stuff.co.nz (direct link).

Lighthouse Vision Trust Scholarship and Susan Barnes Memorial Scholarship  

The Lighthouse Vision Trust provides a comprehensive Low Vision Service for the people of Canterbury and Westland regions, enriching lives and enhancing independence. This scholarship is a practical way of supporting people who have low vision and who study at the University of Canterbury. At least one Lighthouse Vision Trust Scholarship and at least one Susan Barnes Memorial Scholarship are available annually to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are enrolled part-time or full-time at the University.
Closing date: 30th March 2017.

The latest DRS Information Handbook

Please download our 2017 Disability Resource Service Handbook (PDF)- printable and also formatted for screen reading software.

If you would like a printed hardcopy please come in and see us - they are available at reception.

UC Student: Cochlear scholarhip winner targets injustice

Born profoundly deaf, Lachlan Bartlett is now completing his first year of a double degree at the University of Canterbury and recently won the runner-up prize for the 2016 Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship for Australia and New Zealand to help fund his university studies.
UC Student runner-up for Graeme Clark Scholarship

One of UC's Graduates

Celebrating UC Graduate Success: Christchurch Mail: Blind graduate lands ideal first position and The Press.

DRS Student Satisfaction Survey 2015 - Read What Students had to Say

Our end of year survey presents general statistics and testimonials from DRS students in 2015 covering the specialist service and the general learning environment for students with disabilities at UC.

Student Survey Results 2015

Research and Information

If you are from the Bay of Plenty: The Dillon Scholarship

Open for all students who plan to start Tertiary Study in 2017. 
This scholarship is available to students whose home base resides in the Bay of Plenty (from Waihi Beach, Tauranga, Whakatane, Opotiki, Rotorua, Murupara, Reporoa to Taupo). 
The Scholarship provides financial assistance to people with significant physical or intellectual disabilities who intend pursuing tertiary education. 
Students can study anywhere through New Zealand.
Application Deadline is 18 December 2016.

Be. Employed: Internship Programme

The Be. Employed Internship Programme, through Be. accessible, connects tertiary students with access needs (disabilities) to meaningful, paid work placements.

Please refer to the Be. Employed web page or downlaod the Be.Employed leaflet

Please also refer to the Be. Accessible website for further information and details.


DRS Archive

See what we have been doing in past years - have a look at our Archive!




  • disabilities@canterbury.ac.nz
    +64 3 369 3334 or ext 93334
  • Physical Address
    General Enquiries to Room 214
    Level 2 
    Puaka-James Hight Building
    University of Canterbury
  • Postal Address
    Disability Resource Service
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800
    New Zealand