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Access and inclusion

If you have a disability, medical or mental condition (permanent or temporary), Access and Inclusion can assist you with your studies to ensure equal access and participation in uni life.

Access and Inclusion is free for all CDU students.

To get support for your studies, you'll need to register for Access and Inclusion. The Access and Inclusion team will develop an Access Plan with you to include adjustments to your studies. You can also get a Placement Plan to help with any placements, field trips or similar activities.


  1. Contact Access and Inclusion and let the team know you'd like to register
  2. Have a relevant professional complete your support form (there is a text-to-speech version too)
  3. Make an appointment with Access and Inclusion to develop an Access Plan or Placement Plan.

Am I eligible?

Access and Inclusion is available to all enrolled CDU Higher Education and VET Students. If you're a VET for Secondary Schools (VSS) student, get in touch with your school for further support.

Access and Inclusion can help students with a broad range of conditions, including:

  • autism
  • mental health conditions
  • temporary physical conditions, ie. broken ankle
  • permanent disabilities
  • chronic pain
  • illness.

We encourage you to get in contact with Access and Inclusion to discuss your circumstances.

What help can I receive?

In your Access Plan or Placement Plan, Access and Inclusion will work with you, relevant staff and people who support you to make adjustments to your learning.

Examples of adjustments include:

  • adjustments to your study conditions ie. more time in exams
  • course material in other formats
  • assistive technology and software
  • physical access arrangements
  • additional time for assessments
  • modified placement conditions.

What supporting documents do I need?

You will need to provide supporting documents from a relevant professional when you register (such as a doctor or psychologist).

Download the support form (there is also a text-to-speech friendly version) or you can provide a letter or report from your health professional that addresses the following points:

  • What is the condition or circumstance affecting you?
  • What is the anticipated duration of the condition or circumstance?
  • How does the condition or circumstance impact access to and participation in your study?
  • What are the professional’s recommendations for adjustments?

If you are unsure about who can provide supporting documents, please contact us.


Access and Inclusion

(08) 8946 6288

Software accessibility tools

  • Vision

    • Contrast: Customise the colour of your screen. How to Use.
    • Soundscape: Experience maps in 3D sound. Provides sound cues as you walk to guide your experience. For example, receive a sound cue when you walk past Kmart. How to Use.
    • Narrator: Screen reader. How to Use.
    • Magnifier: Enlarges words and images. How to Use.



    • Focus Assist: Customise notifications and alerts to minimise distractions. How to Use.
    • Reading View: Clear distracting content from webpages to stay focused on what you want to read. How to Use.
    • Text suggestions: Text prediction for writing sentences and words. How to Use.
    • Immersive Reader: Immersive reader reads words aloud with simultaneous highlighting. How to Use.
    • Office Lens: Transforms text on a printed page into searchable and editable digital content. How to Use.
    • Editor: Editor provides advanced proofing and editing service. The editor makes suggestions to help you improve your writing. How to Use.
    • Researcher: Helps you find and cite reliable sources and content. How to Use.


    • Dictate: Speech recognition. How to Use.
    • On Screen Keyboard: Type using a mouse or other pointing device, like a trackball or joystick. How to Use.
    • Eye Control: Windows 10 offers built-in support for eye control (eye tracking hardware required). How to Use.
  • Vision

    • VoiceOver: Screen reader which also gives you helpful hints along the way. How to Use.
    • Audio Descriptions:  Watch movies on your Mac, with detailed audio descriptions of every scene. Movies with audio descriptions available will have AD icon next to it in iTunes.
    • VoiceOver and Braille support: Voiceover screen reader provides plug and play support for refreshable braille displays. How to Use.
    • Zoom: Magnifier that lets you enlarge your screen up to 20 times. How to Use.


    • Screen Flash: Instead of playing an alert sound, your Mac can flash its screen when an app needs your attention.


    • Text to speech: Highlights any text and reads out loud. How to Use.
    • Dark Mode: Your contents takes centre screen while toolbars and menus fade into the background so that you can focus on your work. How to Use.
    • Word Completion: After typing a few letters Word completion will suggest words to help with word building skills. How to Use.


    • Accessibility Keyboard: Gives users with limited mobility advanced typing and navigation ability. How to Use.
    • Dictation: Lets you talk where you would like to type. How to Use.
  • Learning



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