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Special Entry/Equity Schemes
Some universities and TAFEs offer special entry or equity schemes which can provide
further opportunity for students to access study. They take into consideration factors
such as illness, financial hardship or other issues that may impact on a person’s
ability to compete with other applicants.
Disclosure: To tell or not to tell?
Students may choose to disclose to an education institution prior to
enrolment that they have an illness to:
• Find out information about available support and services.
• Find out how to access services once they are enrolled.
• Discuss course requirements to ensure that the appropriate course is chosen.
• Assist in the transition from secondary study to TAFE or university study.
Reasons not to disclose your medical condition:
• You may not require any additional support or services.
• You may wish to wait until you are certain about which institution you are
• You may be uncertain about who will have access to your personal information.
It is not always essential to disclose specific medical or personal information about
a disability prior to enrolment. What is most important and helpful is to provide
information about how your disability impacts on your capacity to study and what
support is needed to assist in providing the optimum environment for study to occur.
Once you have gained a place
Plan a course of study that is not crammed full of classes, labs and tutorials all day,
every day. Plan for time to rest and to look after your health. Better to choose fewer
classes and get great marks than more classes with mediocre results (and your
health also doesn’t suffer).
It may be useful to discuss your individual experiences as a person with CF with a
course lecturer or a disabilities service officer.