DAIP: Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.
DAIC: Disability Access and Inclusion Committee.
DVC: Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Access and Inclusion

Often, people think that access relates only to buildings. While physical access is very important, it is only part of the picture, and the legislation requires that public authorities consider access more broadly in their DAIPs so that people with disabilities are considered and included in all areas of the authority’s operations. This means that people with disabilities must have equitable access to:

  • Services and events (e.g. library service – resource collections and IT hardware, accessible parking and toilets at events)
  • Buildings and facilities (automatic doors, toilets, ramps, outdoor environments)
  • Information (information in other formats such as Braille, large print, audio, website accessibility, interpreters when required, easy to read brochures)
  • Staff with awareness and skills to assist people with disabilities (e.g. training in disability awareness)
  • Complaints processes (making sure processes are flexible, that people know about them and are supported to access them as required)
  • Consultations (ensuring people with disabilities are able to take part in ALL consultations – not just those regarding disability issues)
  • Employment – the University has made a commitment to improve access to employment within the University (e.g. work experience, recruitment practices, employee support).


‘Disability’, in relation to a person, means:

a) total or partial loss of the person’s bodily or mental functions; or

b) total or partial loss of part of the body; or

c) the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness; or

d) the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness; or

e) the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person’s body; or

f) a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction; or

g) a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or that results in disturbed behaviour;

and includes a disability that:

h) presently exists; or

i) previously existed but no longer exists; or

j) may exist in the future; or

k) is imputed to a person


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* Definition of disability as per the Disability Discrimination Act 1992