Accessibility Support for Students with Disabilities

Accessibility Support for Students with Disabilities

Accessibility Support for Students with Disabilities

The Senior Student Advising Officer (Accessibility Support) approaches all the new students who have declared themselves as having disabilities such as:

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder Autism/Autistic spectrum disorder Hearing disabilities
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Physical disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia) Speech disabilities
  • Visceral disabilities
  • Visual disabilities

Students are invited to meet with the officer to discuss their needs in these areas:

  • Housing and campus accessibility Orienteering and information Special examination arrangement Volunteer note-taking service Inclusion Fund
  • Learning aids/equipment/services
  • Volunteer/Buddy programme
  • Employment preparation
  • Further referral for assessment and support services

Since not all the students make such declaration during the admission period, and not all these students will accept the invitation to meet with the officer, Faculty Advisers can help to encourage these students to meet with the Senior Student Advising Officer (Accessibility Support) at any stage during their university years.

It is especially advisable for these students to meet with the officer at an earlier stage if the student requires “reasonable accommodations”, i.e. special arrangements for their examination and assignments in the form of additional time, use of computer instead of hand-written examination, learning aids and equipments, funding for purchasing such aids, etc. Referral for assessment and other support services can also be arranged.

After reviewing the student’s needs, CEDARS will issue a document “Letter of Introduction” which mentions that the holder of the letter has a disability and is recommended for certain special academic adjustment. The student can exercise his/her choice and discretion to present the document to the teaching staff.

For details of this service, please go to “Accessibility Support” under the CEDARS-CoPE website.

Accessibility Support for Students with Disabilities