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7. Further Study and CF
As there is such a wide variation between people with CF, you may not consider
yourself to have a disability, however, if you find that you need hospitalisation or
your illness impacts on your ability to study, it is worth considering how your chosen
university or college will cater for your needs.
It is also worth considering that your chosen course may take three or more years to
complete. You will need to think long- term about your health and how it may impact
on your studies. Consider if the qualification will lead you to a job where you are likely
to have a supportive employer during times of illness?
All Higher Education Institutions are required to submit a disability statement.
Universities and TAFE must ensure that students with a disability receive non-
discriminatory treatment. This is a requirement of the Disability Discrimination Act
(1992). For information about the Disability Discrimination Act see the Human Rights
and Equal Opportunity CommissionWebsite at http://ww.hreoc.gov.au/disability_
rights/legislation/index.htm
Choosing the Right Course and Subjects
In order to ensure you match your interests and skills to the right course, it can be
well worth the effort and time to speak to people who are currently employed in your
area of interest. How flexible will the actual career be if you need to take time off for
hospital admissions? Can the job be done full -time or part-time?
It is also well worth attending Open Days, speaking to career advisers, finding out
about prerequisites for particular courses and whether the course requires you to go
on practical work experience. (How will that impact on you if you also have to work?)
You may also need to consider things like parking, access to public transport and
accommodation offered by the university or TAFE.
Studying Full-time or Part-time
Consider whether studying part time or full time will suit you. Although it takes longer
to complete a course when studying part- time, you have more flexibility to take care
of your health, work and adjust to life after high school. You may decide to alter
whether you study full-time or part-time as you go. How flexible is your chosen course
in allowing such adjustments?