UC Student Blogger | How the Equity & Disability Service can support you

New Zealand Sign Language Week is coming up soon! One of our Student Bloggers takes a look at NZSL, and the disability-related study support available for students at UC:  

Celebrate this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week from 21 to 27 September. The NZSL week celebrates and brings awareness to the deaf community here in NZ. It is signed by over 20,000 people and is one of NZ’s official languages.

Here at UC, the Equity and Disability Service (EDS) is here to help with any condition which may affect your study such as hearing impairment, mental health condition, learning difficulty, or any other condition or injury. EDS provides a wide range of services which includes but not limited to:

  • Practical support (e.g. sign language interpreters, peer note-takers)
  • Assistive technology (e.g. digital voice recorders, CCTV, screen reading
    and voice recognition software)
  • Information in alternative formats (e.g. electronic, enlarged, tactile
    diagrams, Braille)
  • Special arrangements for exams (e.g. extra time, separate room, writer).

In order to use the service, you need to register with EDS and need to provide evidence of your impairment such as a medical certificate or a psychological report. For more information, you can visit: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/

Alternatively, you can visit the EDS centre located on the ground floor of the Forestry building. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm.

EDS also offer sign language classes. It is open for all UC students and staff and you can find more information at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/sign-language/

The EDS is also looking for Peer-note takers who can take notes for students who are unable to themselves. It is paid and you can apply it to your Co-curricular Record.

If you want to learn more about NZSL cheek out these links:

Learn NZSL: http://www.learnnzsl.nz/
Deaf Aotearoa: https://www.deaf.org.nz/
NZSL dictionary: https://www.nzsl.nz/
Sign Ninja:  http://www.nzslsignninja.co.nz/ (learn NZSL as you play)

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