Working with your adviser
Discover the steps that you'll go through with your disability and inclusion adviser, from starting at university through to graduation.
All students registered with Te Amaru—Disability Services are assigned a disability and inclusion adviser, who is an allied health professional. The best way to access the support we offer is to make an appointment with yours.
Here are the common steps that you and your disability and inclusion adviser will work through together:
1. Identify your support requirements
At the start of each year, we’ll work out how we can best support you. This is a chance for you to discuss which courses you’ll be taking and outline your support requirements with your adviser.
If you believe you need minimal support, you may still find it useful to know what kind of support is available should you need it.
2. Establish your disability inclusion arrangements
Once we’ve identified your needs, together we can create a disability inclusion arrangements document to articulate your needs to academic and other staff. This outlines the impact of your disability, your strategies for participating and learning, disability inclusive approaches requested from staff, and the support provided by Disability Services.
Once your disability inclusion arrangements are established, then you can simply email your disability and inclusion adviser if your needs change.
3. Connecting you with other support
We work closely with staff across the University and external disability support agencies; whether it is your Tītoko student success adviser, course coordinator, or your transition support, we will work together to support you to achieve your goals.
4. Communication during trimester
During the trimester we will communicate with you via our regular newsletter and our Facebook page. If you have specific services, you’ll also receive communication from our coordination staff. If you need anything from us or any issues arise (e.g., you encounter a physical access barrier) just make an appointment through reception, or email your disability and inclusion adviser.
ls and your satisfaction with the support that you're receiving. This will help us plan for the next trimester.
5. Prepare for meaningful employment
At any time during your study—particularly as you get close to graduating—we can connect you with our partners in Careers and Employment and Workbridge who can help prepare you for meaningful employment during and after your study.
We encourage you to stay in touch with us following graduation. We are always keen to hear stories from our alumni.