“With the support of the SA program starting from their foundation or first year, students are provided with a smoother transition into a higher education international setting and the reinforcement of inclusivity beyond the campus environment.
“As a result, this program has aided in not just changing the Vietnamese social stigma toward people with disability, it has also played a key role in promoting individual student’s independence with dignity and respect.”
“It is also a testament to RMIT’s new Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility framework 2023, which is based on universal design for learning, respect for intersectionality and individual differences and building community capacity. Our SA’s will have leadership and graduate competencies in IDEA. A community well versed in this area creates a safe and respectful environment for all,” Ms Witney added.
A registered student using the SA service since 2020 said that with the respectful, helpful and dedicated support from the Student Aid they can access the lectures more quickly and more conveniently.
“And thanks to the SA program, I have made many great friends,” they said.
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the Higher Education Disability Support Program and is hosted by the University of Tasmania. The Accessibility in Action Awards are held annually in line with the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) where everyone gets to talk, think and learn about digital access and inclusion, and more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments.
This year, the ADCET Accessibility in Action Awards received an overwhelming response, highlighting the growing commitment and dedication to fostering accessibility in the tertiary education sector. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges with expertise in accessibility and inclusive learning, design and student support.
“Everyone has demonstrated outstanding innovation, dedication, and impact through their initiatives and awards like this allow this work to be shared across the sector,” said Darlene McLennan, Manager of ADCET.
Story: Ha Hoang