DELA Students with Disabilities

Whilst DELA is mandatory, students with specific disability related characteristics may have already undertaken testing that highlights their strengths and weaknesses in academic activities, or will be unable to participate in specific aspects of DELA, rendering their results unreliable. The following principles should be considered when reviewing whether students disclosing disability who have been identified as having to sit DELA require an adjustment to this requirement.

a) Students who can provide a report of a recent psychological assessment involving a battery of standardised tests devised to assess and diagnose learning disability or acquired brain injury, and where that report adequately demonstrates their strengths and weaknesses in academic activities, may be exempt from DELA.

b) Students who have a sensory or physical impairment that significantly affects their ability to listen, write or read under timed conditions and in a group assessment environment are likely to achieve an inaccurate DELA result and an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses may be better obtained from an alternative assessment.

c) Students who are accustomed to receiving alternative examination arrangements such as additional time or rest breaks for timed assessment should in most cases undertake DELA within the standard conditions and discuss their circumstances with their student advisor following the distribution of results. Where students are accustomed to substantial adjustments (defined as greater than 20 minutes per hour additional time), individualised testing may be arranged through Student Equity and Disability Support.

In any case where it is identified that DELA may be unnecessary or where individualised testing is recommended, it is incumbent on Student Equity and Disability Support to communicate these findings or recommendations to Academic Skills and Student Administration for consideration and implementation.

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