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University is a great opportunity to take on new challenges and exercise your independence. You’ll be faced with lots of choices and chances to create your own unique USQ experience. As a student with a disability, one of the choices you’ll need to make is whether or not to disclose your disability during your studies. To help you understand your options and make that decision a little easier, here are some scenarios you might come across as a student and strategies to help you decide when, why and how to disclose your disability.

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  • 1. Theres something I want to tell youWHEN WHY HOWWhen, why and how to disclose your disabilityU N I V E R S I T Y O F S O U T H E R N Q U E E N S L A N D

2. University is a great opportunity totake on new challenges and exercise yourindependence.Youll be faced with lots of choices and chances tocreate your own unique USQ experience.As a student with a disability, one of the choicesyoull need to make is whether or not to disclose yourdisability during your studies.To help you understand your options and make thatdecision a little easier, here are some scenarios youmight come across as a student and strategiesto help you decide when, why and how todisclose your disability. 3. When might Ichooseto disclose mydisability? 4. Before or duringenrolment-------During your studies-------When working in groupswith other students-------When making newfriends at uni 5. Why would Ichoose to disclosemy disability? 6. To make sure appropriateadjustments are made within yourprogram and courses to ensure an equitableplatform for you to succeed in your studies.-------To access the support available through USQ StudentServices, a team dedicated to removing barriers that standbetween you and your study success.-------When applicable, to help your group membersunderstand your learning style and support you tocontribute to assessments.-------To make sure your safety and the safety of those aroundyou is never compromised. For example, if you haveepilepsy its important that someone around youknows what to do if you have a seizure. 7. How do I goabout disclosingmy disability? 8. You can choose to disclose yourdisability during your enrolment or bycontacting the Student Services team directlyto book a consultation. You can organise to chatwith the Student Services team in-person or by phone,depending on where you live and what you are morecomfortable with. Discussing your needs with StudentServices saves you from having to explain your adjustments toevery lecturer in every course you complete.-------If youre seeking support during the semester, youll need tobe mindful of time and follow up your enquiries to makesure adjustments can be put in place in time for examsand assignment due dates. If you need to get in touchwith your lecturer, you can either see them inperson during consultation hours or sendthem an email. 9. When disclosing toother students, only sharewhat you feel comfortable withand try to focus on explaining how yourdisability affects your study rather than thedisability itself. Its also a good idea to explain whatadjustments would be helpful for you. For example,try saying My anxiety makes it hard for me to completeassignments, because I get anxious about the workloadand getting things done on time. Itd really help me ifwe could map out the assignment into smaller chunksso I can clearly see what my responsibilities are andhow much time I have to get the work done. Thatbeing said, dont feel that you need to disclose yourdisability to other students if you would prefernot to; you can simply discuss your personalneeds and suitable adjustments withoutreferring to the condition thatrequires them. 10. Life as an independent studentis full of choices and the decision todisclose is entirely your own.As a student of USQ, your privacy is a priority.Our Student Services team operate with sensitivityand discretion and are there to help you wheneveryou need it, in any way they can.Making an enquiry with Student Services isobligation free. You can use your consultationwith the team to gather all the information youneed to consider your options and make aninformed choice about disclosing yourdisability at USQ. 11. social.usq.edu.auCRICOS: QLD00244B NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 9.1.C 10.2014Student Servicesteams are availableat each of our threecampuses.Click here to viewtheir contact details.