Register with Disability Resource Service

Eligibility

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, New Plymouth and Nelson) or by distance.

In order to register for Disability Resource Services you must provide a recent, comprehensive and relevant 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).

Only a report completed by an Educational Psychologist or Level C Assessor will be accepted as supporting documentation for a Specific Learning Difficulty.

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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
supports:

  • Phone +64 3 369 3334 ext 93334 or email the Disability Resource Service or visit Level 2, James Hight Building (Cantral Library) and ask for an information pack.
  • Download the Learning Support Questionnaire 2016 (PDF).
    or
  • 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 our handbook 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.