Temporary impairments or temporary medical conditions
If you experience a temporary impairment or temporary medical condition in the lead up to tests/examinations, contact the Disability Resource Service team as soon as you are aware that you may need special arrangements. Applications made the day prior to, or day of, a test/examination will generally require a Special Consideration.
Register with Disability Resource Service
Any student enrolled in an assessed course who has a temporary or permanent disability that affects their ability to study is eligible to register with the Disability Resource Service at any stage of the academic year. This applies whether studying at the Christchurch campus, at regional campuses/centres (Rotorua, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Nelson) or by distance.
In order to register you must provide a pertinent, comprehensive report expressing an appropriate professional's opinion of your disability/medical condition and its possible impacts on your study so we can develop a support plan with you.
If you suspect that you have a Specific Learning Difficulty and have do not have a recent comprehensive report, there are a number of places in Christchurch where an assessment can be carried out and a report obtained. The high demand for these services means there is often a waiting list for assessments so we recommend you contact them as soon as possible; for your convenience here is a list of some local Specific Learning Difficulties assessors (PDF).
You need to be registered with the Disability Resource Service and have a current learning support plan in order to use the services provided.
The four-step registration process
You need to be registered with the Disability Resource Service and have a current learning support plan in order to use the services provided. To register with DRS follow these four steps
Step 1: There are several easy ways to begin the registration process for disability study
- Visit, phone or email the Disability Resource Service and ask for an information pack.
- Download the Learning Support Questionnaire 2016 (PDF).
- Apply to enrol in your chosen course of study. On your application to enrol you will be asked if you have a disability, illness, injury or medical condition - reply yes. Your contact details will be sent to the Disability Resource Service and we will send you an information pack and a learning support questionnaire.
Step 2: Complete the Learning Support Questionnaire and return this to us (with supporting documentation about your condition from an appropriate professional or specialist).
Step 3: We will contact you and arrange a time for you to discuss your needs with a Disability Resource Advisor.
Step 4: You and the Advisor confirm a Learning Support Plan.