Parents and whānau

Te Amaru—Disability Services welcomes visits from parents, guardians and whānau, particularly in the transition to university.

Transitioning to university

Starting university is a big step for anyone. We encourage students to connect with us early to support this transition, and for many students your involvement during this time is really important.

We provide comprehensive support, which enables greater independence for students who register with us. Some parents find this a relief, while others find this challenging at first, because a student may not require the same level of parental support as they did previously.

We encourage students to take ownership of their needs, so our first point of contact will always be the student themselves—their consent will be sought before interacting with anyone on their behalf.

On-campus support

The Te Amaru—Disability Services team are dedicated to supporting students throughout their university journey. Each student has a disability and inclusion adviser, who is their key point of contact and works with them to identify and resolve learning or participation barriers.

In addition to our own range of key services, we connect students to other student services and support offered by the University.