Hosting students with disabilities
If you're hosting a placement student with a disability, Swinburne offers support and guidance.
The Equal Opportunity Act (2010), Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards for Education (2005) prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and provides a blueprint for how employers must accommodate people with disabilities.
As a host organisation, you need to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to a student's environment so that they are able to undertake placement. This could involve:
- part-time hours
- assistive technology
- ergonomic furniture.
It is against the law to decline a student a placement on the basis of their disability when reasonable adjustments are available. If you're unsure, contact us.
An Australian Government review of research found that workers with disability are no more likely to be injured at work than other employees. Similarly, studies conducted in Australia and overseas have found no differences in performance and productivity, and found that employees with a disability actually have fewer scheduled absences as well as increased tenure.
How Swinburne can help
We work with students and host organisations to help negotiate adjustments. Students can also register with AccessAbility Services, who will help them develop an Education Access Plan (EAP) that they may present to you. This sets out their requirements and suggests adjustments.
If you have any questions about hosting a student with a disability contact the Student Placements Team.