Anti-Discrimination NSW

Student not granted special consideration

Conciliation: Disability discrimination in education

Published: 6 December 2016

A student’s request for special facilities for her exams was knocked back.


A student complained to the Board after her request for special consideration during her exams was refused. She had a cognitive disability which meant that she found it difficult to process printed information and requested a reader to read the exam paper aloud to her. She had also asked for a scribe, a laptop, and extra time to complete the exams.

When the Board contacted the approving body of the educational institution, they said that the request had been presented as a package and they had rejected the entire package as they weren’t convinced that some of the components were essential. They agreed to review the components as separate requests.

The complaint was settled when the approving body agreed to allow the complainant to have a reader for her exam. This had been her main requirement.​

What are my State education rights?

  • Institutions must make any adjustments to their buildings and provide you with any special facilities you need to access their education.
  • If you have your own equipment or a person to help you, the education provider should allow you to use these, and assist you to use them if needed.

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