Student Disability Services (SDS)

Part of the Equity Office, Student Disability Services (SDS) provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible. If you live with an impairment that impacts your studies, or if you had special conditions for exams at school, contact us for a confidential chat about the ways that we may be able to help you succeed at our University.

The Equity Policy highlights the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.

Contact us

Our main office is located in the ClockTower on the City Campus. We suggest making an appointment. 

The ClockTower
Basement Level, Room 036
22 Princes Street
Auckland 1010

Hours: 8am-4pm
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82936

Contact the Student Disability Services (SDS) team


Read our Student Disability Services (SDS) FAQs

What we do

We provide support for students with a wide range of impairments, including:

  • Blind and low vision
  • Deaf and hearing-impaired
  • Head injury
  • Medical conditions
  • Mental health conditions
  • Physical or mobility impairments
  • Speech impairments
  • Temporary impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
You will need to provide us with relevant medical or professional evidence.
Our services include:

Information for students and staff

We can assist departments with advice on how to access a range of specialist equipment such as adaptive technology and specialist services such as New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters. We also offer advice to staff about assisting students with impairments.


Help for people with disabilities and/or who need assistance during an evacuation

The University is committed to the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of everyone on our campuses. During an emergency evacuation of a University building, you or someone around you may need assistance to evacuate the building.

Read more at Help for people with disabilities and/or who need assistance during an evacuation


Special examinations accommodations

If you are a new student and have had special conditions while at school, or a returning student whose exam conditions have expired, please contact us as soon as possible.

The deadline to begin this process is the second week of semester. Please be aware there may be delays in processing your application.


Scholarships and awards for students with disabilities

Our Scholarships and awards for students with disabilities 2016 ebook includes a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. These have been arranged in disability-specific order.

We have also included scholarships and awards for school leavers.

In addition to disability-specific scholarships, we have added some general scholarships and awards and hope these may encourage you to find out more about any that may apply to you.

Good luck with your future applications!

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Scholarships and awards for students with disabilities 2016 (ebook)

Campus accessibility

The University of Auckland works to ensure that all of our campuses are accessible for people with impairments.  If you have any access concerns or challenges please feel free to email us and we will be happy to assist.

The University of Auckland and the Blind Foundation have partnered to develop a braille map of the City Campus.

Read the Blind Foundation’s advice on How to help or communicate with someone who is blind or has low vision


Faculty Disability Liaisons

Faculty Name Email
 Arts Chip Matthews
 Business Nicole Schoefisch-Rebstock

Creative Arts and Industries

Kory-Dean Wirihana
 Education and Social Work
Rebekah Williams
 Engineering Alcione Fagundes
 Law Suranjika Tittawella
 Medical and Health Sciences Kate Snow

Glenda Haines

Hana Mata'u


Student Disability Services brochure

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Student Disability Services brochure (ebook)

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