Register with Equity & Disability 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 Equity & Disability 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 with the Equity & Disability Service, 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 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 59Kb). Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
Only a report completed by an Educational Psychologist or Level C Assessor will be accepted as supporting documentation for a Specific Learning Difficulty.
The four-step registration process
You need to be registered with the Equity & Disability Service and have a current learning support plan in order to use the services provided. To register with EDS follow these four steps
Step 1: There are several easy ways to begin the registration process for disability study
- Phone +64 3 369 3334 ext 93334 or email the Equity & Disability Service or visit Room 125, Ground floor, Forestry building and ask for an information pack.
- Download the Learning Support Questionnaire 2021 (fillable 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 Equity and Disability Service and we will send you our handbook and a learning support questionnaire.
Step 2: Complete the Learning Support Questionnaire 2021 (fillable PDF) 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.