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Disability Resource Service and Student Care on the move

The Disability Resource Service (DRS) | Ratonga Whaikaha and Student Care | Atawhai Ākonga are moving into the Forestry building next week.

On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March they’ll be relocating to 125 Forestry – the area by the level 1 main entrance next to Student Experience.

Services will remain available during relocation

DRS and Student Care will still be available if you need to contact them for anything during the relocation on Monday and Tuesday.

Their contact details are:

Disability Resource Service

Student Care

From Wednesday you can visit the teams in their new offices in the Forestry building.

New location, new name

The Disability Resource Service is changing its name to the Equity and Disability Service to better reflect the services and support you can access. From next week you might start to notice this change on the website and signage.

Learn New Zealand Sign Language in Term 3

UC Subject Librarian Brian McElwaine shares his experience taking the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) course.

For the past five weeks, I’ve been learning a bit of New Zealand Sign Language through the Disability Resource Service.  It’s slightly eerie, studying in an almost silent room for an hour a week, and since the class was taught by a Deaf teacher, we really had to concentrate to take everything in. It’s been heaps of fun, and great to learn alongside students, but the unusual learning environment did bring across to me how challenging the world can be to a Deaf person in unexpected ways.

I recommend taking the course when it’s run again in Term 3. As a participant, you could learn something outside the normal subject-specific stuff and maybe make some new friends. Most importantly, as a human being, it might well help you to remember to be compassionate – the people around you are often battling invisible challenges you know nothing about, so be kind to each other out there!

UC’s New Zealand Sign Language course is on again from 20 July until 24 August, from 12 noon to 12:50pm each Thursday.

Participants will learn:

  • Finger-spelling alphabet
  • Basic phrases
  • Some university specific vocabulary
  • Develop some understanding of Deaf Culture

Find out more, including how to register for the course, here>

Disability Resource Service – helping you achieve your academic goals

Having grown up in Christchurch, Ryan had a strong desire to put his Law degree to positive use within Christchurch’s post-earthquake community.


‘I would love to contribute, even if only in a small way, to the rebuild,’ he says. ‘I’m particularly passionate about family and property law, but one of the many benefits of a Law degree from UC is that it has given me the opportunity to get a strong grounding in a variety of different legal topics.’

Ryan had faced more challenges than most students, being legally blind, but he found the support available at UC minimised this.

‘Right from my first visit to UC I was impressed with how committed the staff were to seeing me succeed. As a visually impaired student, it’s even more daunting to enter tertiary education but everyone was so friendly and helpful.

‘I could not have got through University without the help of the Disability Resource Service (DRS). The staff are compassionate, sensitive, organised and resourceful in breaching the gap that a disability brings to University life. They worked with me to put a variety of supports in place that made me feel as though I was just like everyone else. Words cannot convey how thankful I am for the support they provided and how useful it was in helping me succeed at UC.’

Ryan adds that UC’s reputation as a campus university that contains so many of its own facilities doesn’t do justice to how centrally located it is within Christchurch.

‘UC is very accessible. Public transport in Christchurch is outstanding which made it easy for me to get there.’

After graduating his Arts degree and completing his professional studies, Ryan took up a fixed term role in Wellington at Simpson Grierson as part of a parental leave cover, working in the commercial property and local government teams doing a combination of transactional and litigation support work.

Later returning to Christchurch and joining Corcoran French, Ryan is currently a Solicitor specialising in residential and commercial property sales, leasing and business transactions.