What we do

Find out about the Student Disability Services team, who we support and where you can find us.

Take a video tour of Student Disability Services and hear students describe how support from advisers has transformed their University experience.

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
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

Claire Dayel-Baker
Disability Adviser
Phone:+64 9 373 7599 ext 88751
Email: claire.dayel-baker@auckland.ac.nz

Nisha Sharma 
Disability Adviser
Phone:+64 9 373 7599 ext 82065
Email: nisha.sharma@auckland.ac.nz  

Mental health advisers

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

Kim Spain (currently on leave)
Senior Mental Health Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87433
Email: Kim.Spain@auckland.ac.nz

Olivia Murton
Mental Health Adviser
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 81849
Email: olivia.murton@auckland.ac.nz   

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

Workbridge employment consultant

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

Learn more about our Careers and Employment support.

Student support  

Sophia Pattiwael
Disability Support Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82936
Email: s.pattiwael@auckland.ac.nz


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 325a

Contact details

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