What we do

This is a photo of the Student Disability Services team standing infront of green bushes.
From left: Mark Thomson (Manager), Anne-Marie Keenan (Mental Health Adviser), Kate Lyon (Disability Adviser), Susanna Van der Meer (Careers Adviser), Sophia Pattiwael (Student Support) and Lynda Reilly (Deputy Manager and Disability Adviser). Absent Kim Spain (Senior Mental Health Adviser).

Who do we support?

We support students with a wide range of visible and invisible impairments, including:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind
  • Deaf
  • Head injury
  • Hearing impaired
  • Medical conditions
  • Mental health conditions (e.g. psychotic disorders, depression and anxiety disorders)
  • Physical/Mobility impairment
  • Specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia)
  • Speech impairment
  • Vision impairment 
  • Unspecified

Some limited support is available for students who have temporary impairments and injuries. This support varies depending on the impact of the injury.

Support services for international students may vary from those at their home university. Read more

How do we support students with disabilities?

If you are a student living with an impairment, if you suspect that you have an impairment, or if you are a staff member wanting support and information in working with people with disabilities, we can help.

We offer a range of services to make studying at the University an accessible and positive experience. We tailor our support to suit each individual student as we acknowledge every disability affects people differently.  

Read more about what support we can provide at Support for current students.

Our Team

Student Disability Services have a variety of staff on hand to help you achieve your academic potential.

Mark Thomson
Manager
Phone: 09 3737599 ext 88808
Email: mr.thomson@auckland.ac.nz  

Disability Advisers

They are the first point of contact if you need to access Student Disability Services.

Lynda Reilly
Deputy Manager and Disability Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87330
Email: l.reilly@auckland.ac.nz

Kate Lyon

Disability Adviser
Phone:+64 9 373 7599 ext 88751
Email: k.lyon@auckland.ac.nz

Mental Health Advisers

They can provide ongoing, longer-term support for students living with a diagnosed mental health condition.

Kim Spain
Senior Mental Health Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87433
Email: kim.spain@auckland.ac.nz

Anne-Marie Keenan
Mental Health Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89320.
Email: a.keenan@auckland.ac.nz

Careers Adviser

Careers advice is available for students and graduates with disabilities who wish to discuss career planning and directions and how it links in with their studies.  

Susanna Van der Meer
Careers and Employment Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82065
Email: s.vandermeer@auckland.ac.nz

Student Support  

Sophia Pattiwael
Student support and administrative support
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82936
Email: s.pattiwael@auckland.ac.nz

Location

City Campus

Our main office is located in the ClockTower on the City Campus. We suggest making an appointment.
Hours: 8am-4pm.

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

Epsom Campus

We have an office on the Epsom Campus. A Disability Coordinator is at Epsom Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours: 8am-1pm.

Epsom Campus
Block N
Academic Success Centre, Level 3, Room 325

Contact details

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82936.
Email: disability@auckland.ac.nz

Student Disability Services Brochure