Disability and Access Services

Disability and Access Services are here to support learners who identify as having a disability, chronic medical condition or neurodiversity. If you need assistance to access your online course or engage in learning they are here to help.

You’ll also have the support of your Course Leader and Student Mentors. They will work with you to ensure you have everything you need to be successful in your learning.

Support for disabled learners

  • Disability and Access Services

     

    Our Disability and Access team offer a range of services to assist you through your studies and can tailor these to suit your needs. These include:

    • assistive technology tools
    • specific study tips
    • supplying alternative formats for course materials
    • advocacy.

    Contact them to talk to them about any specific needs or requirements you have, or for a general chat:

    DisabilityandAccessServices@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

    If you have indicated that you have a disability or chronic medical condition on your enrolment form they will be in touch by email. 

    You do not need an official diagnosis to access their support, but you may need one for some specific support options. 

     

  • Assistive technology tools

     

    There are many technologies and online tools that can assist online studying. Have a look on our Assistive Technologies page for information about some free options and if they may be right for you.

    Find out more about assistive technology tools

    You can also use Helperbird, a tool that’s free to our learners, that will let you customise web pages.

    Learn more about Helperbird

     

  • Alternative course materials and resources

     

    If you need alternative course materials or other resources during your course, the Disability and Access team can help with:

    • Getting transcripts for videos and image descriptions
    • Facilitating access to adaptive technologies that may assist your study experience
    • Advice on other accommodations or resources to enhance your learning.
    • Getting course materials printed (this may not be available for all courses)

    Make sure you contact us early on in your course to let us know your requirements. 

    DisabilityandAccessServices@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

     

  • The Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark

     

    We are working with Ako Aotearoa to gain accreditation for the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark.

    We strive to ensure all aspects of the Open Polytechnic experience are dyslexia friendly. We aim to support dyslexic and neurodivergent  learners achieve their full potential.

    We welcome your feedback as we progress this important work:

    Please share your feedback and experiences with us

     

     

  • Exam and test assistance

     

    If your course has an exam or test, we can help with services such as:

    • Exam materials in a format to suit your needs, such as large print
    • A reader and/or writer
    • Specialist or adaptive furniture
    • The ability to sit an examination in a separate room or at home
    • Extra time and rest breaks.

    For exams, you need to apply for assistance at least six weeks before the exam date.

    More about getting assistance with exams

     

  • Mental health and wellbeing support

     

    Feeling stressed or anxious? Talking with a counsellor may help.

    We offer access to free and confidential phone and online counselling services. This is offered in partnership with Puāwaitanga and Vitae.

    Learn more about mental health support

     

  • Disability and Access Advisory Group

     

    Our Disability and Access Advisory Group includes learners and kaimahi (staff) who identify as having a disability or neurodiversity or have an interest in the area.

    They meet monthly to discuss barriers, access solutions and to give a learner voice to help inform our work.

     

  • Study awards for disabled learners

     

    We offer some study awards to support disabled learners in their studies. See our Scholarships page for more information:

     

Forging her own path

Regardless of your status in life, anyone can study and achieve their goals, says Faye Richards, who has completed her Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Environment).

Faye Richards

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environment)