Are you thinking of doing further study or training after you leave school? Find out what support is available for students with a disability, impairment, injury or medical condition.
Thinking about study
Places where you can do further (tertiary) study or training include:
- Industry training organisations (ITOs).
- Institutes of technology or polytechnics (ITPs).
- Private training establishments (PTEs).
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website has some great information about things to consider when thinking about tertiary education and your options. They advise you to think about things like:
- What you might want to study.
- Where would be best to study.
- Paying for your course.
Visit their website for more information about tertiary education and your options.
StudyLink also has information for students (and parents) on what to do when you're thinking about study and how to pay for it.
Support to enrol and study
Each further education provider should have a contact person or service for people with disabilities. Search the provider’s website for disability services (sometimes called equity services).
Contact a disability advisor as early as possible, ideally well before you enrol. They can help you identify any practical support you might need to use their campus and achieve your study goals.
For example, you might need things like:
- Help with taking notes or using course materials.
- Help with internal assessments.
- Help with physical tasks such as field work or laboratories.
- Extra time or help to sit tests and exams.
- Accessible lecture or tutorial rooms.
- Mobility parking.
A disability advisor can also connect you to other staff. For example, if you need help with accessible accommodation, or to find out about course requirements.
- You may need to register for student disability services.
- You may need to provide proof of the disability or condition you need support for.
- Study support available may vary from region to region.
You can find links to all recognised education providers on the NZQA website.
Help paying for study or training
You may be able to get help with course fees and other costs through ACC, Work and Income, StudyLink or Workbridge. You could also apply for a grant, award or scholarship.
Injury covered by ACC
If you have an injury that is covered by ACC, talk to them about any support you can get for study and training–related costs.
On a benefit through Work and Income
If you are already on a benefit, talk to Work and Income about any support you can get for study and training–related costs.
StudyLink says if you are on a benefit and are thinking about study, you may be able to get help from Work and Income, StudyLink, or both.
You may be able to get help with course fees and other costs. Find out about Course Participation Assistance and the Training Incentive Allowance.
New Zealand Support Funds
If your disability means it would cost you more than a person without a disability to take on the same job or training then you may be eligible for funding support. Find out about financial support available to help disabled people move into work or training.
New Zealand code of practice for an inclusive tertiary education environment for students with impairments
ACHIEVE advocates and lobbies for people with a range of impairments who are moving into or studying in post-secondary education. Visit their website for information on the New Zealand code of practice for an inclusive tertiary education environment for students with impairments.
Search Firstport for support services who can assist you in accessing tertiary education.