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Higher School Certificate 2009 to 2011 – Disability Provisions – Frequency and Description of Approved Provisions

Disability Provisions Applications Summary by Sector - Students (PDF)

Provision 2011 2010 2009 Description
Assistance 106 81 78 Approved for students who require assistance in negotiating the examination, for example an aide to turn pages or prompt student with an obsessive condition to move to the next question.
Bite-sized food* 175 199 196 Approved for students who have a medical need for regular nutrition.
Black & white paper 13 12 15 Approved for students with colour blindness who cannot interpret the colour material in Geography or Visual Arts.
Closed circuit television* 3 4 6 Approved for students with vision difficulty requiring large magnification.
Coloured examination paper* 163 132 123 Approved for students with Irlen syndrome (scotopic sensitivity) who have difficulty reading text on white paper.
Diabetic provisions* 172 185 178 Approved for students with diabetes who need to check their blood glucose level and possibly take remedial action.
Drink* 366 379 343 This provision is approved for students who have a medical reason for regular hydration, or who require a different drink such as glucose or electrolytes. Note: all students may take water in a clear container into the examinations.
Examiner aware 18 35 33 Approved for performance examinations where the examiner may mistake a pre-existing condition (such as a stutter) for performance anxiety.
Extra time 1176 1124 1047 Approved for students with demonstrated reading, hearing, vision or cognitive difficulty. Additional five minutes per half hour.
Extra time – work or rest 26 31 27 Approved for students who require both extra time and rest breaks, but not cumulatively. Additional five minutes per half hour.
Extra time to rest 2288 2330 2690 Approved for students with demonstrated pain, anxiety or concentration issues who have difficulty completing the examination without a break. Provided as five minutes per half hour without access to examination paper or responses.
Extra time to type 6 7 6 Approved for students granted a computer with a very slow demonstrated typing speed; conditions such as cerebral palsy.
Extra time to write 687 443 707 Approved for students with demonstrated slow writing speed on extended responses. Additional 2.5 minutes per half hour.
Feeding breaks 7 7 8 Approved for recent mothers who need to feed their baby regularly.
Heat or ice pack* 64 4 8 Approved for students with pain shown to be alleviated by this application.
Hospital or alternative venue 49 49 63 Approved for students currently in hospital, or confined to home due to medical or psychological conditions.
Illness/misadventure if required 6 14 12 Advised to students with an irregular condition such as migraine that is better supported by an illness/misadventure appeal should it occur during an exam.
Individual audio CD 6 17 9 Approved for students who have difficulty hearing a listening examination due to venue acoustics.
Individual instructions* 79 112 108 Approved for students with hearing or attention difficulties who may not hear general announcements.
Individual supervision 19 23 63 Approved for students who are unable to sit with other students, generally for reasons of anxiety or aggression.
Large print coloured paper 24 15 22 Approved for students who cannot read a standard examination paper, as both the font size and paper colour cause difficulty.
Large print papers 50 51 58 Approved for students with vision difficulty unable to read regular size fonts.
Medication* 267 254 212 Approved for students with a medical need to take prescribed medication at regular intervals.
Modified examination paper 32 25 17 Approved for students with a demonstrated need for modified questions, for example a student unable to use mathematical instruments.
Oral interpreter 26 42 38 Approved for students who communicate by lip reading.
Permission to move 27 52 111 Approved for students with chronic pain or concentration difficulty that prevents sitting for an extended period.
Personal computer 147 105 129 Approved for students with a demonstrated handwriting difficulty, and for whom no other provision (rest, extra time or writer) is shown to be effective.
Reader 1353 1327 1194 Approved for students with low reading ability, as demonstrated on the Neale or Woodcock tests
Rescheduled examination 38 43 35 Approved for students with a condition such as cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue or sleep apnoea who are unable to sit an examination at the scheduled time.
Sign interpreter 9 5 6 Approved for students who communicate by signing (Auslan).
Special furniture* 279 272 254 Approved for students requiring special furniture such as a tilted desk, padded chair or footrest.
Special lighting* 85 69 55 Approved for students with vision difficulty who have problems with fluorescent or artificial lighting.
Thesaurus/dictionary 36 50 45 Approved for students with a moderate to profound hearing loss.
Toilet breaks 139 147 204 Approved for students with an infection or chronic condition that requires frequent or extended visits to the toilet.
Towel* 14 7 7 Approved for students with hyperhidrosis who need to dry their hands frequently.
Varied seating* 188 125 101 Approved for students who require particular seating, for example students with hearing or vision difficulties sitting at the front, or students needing to sit near a window or exit.
Ventilation provisions 36 6 5 Approved for students who require a controlled temperature range.
Vision aids* 37 39 32 Approved for students who require magnification or other vision assistance.
Writer 1529 1527 1621 Approved for students unable to write (fracture or sprain), persistent pain when writing, illegible writing or poor spelling. Includes additional five minutes per half hour to compensate for dictation.
Various other provisions 50 99 59 Provisions approved for a very small number of students, for example Braille examination papers, audio headphones* or examinations split over two days.

Notes

* Provision approved by the principal under delegation from the Board of Studies.
Note: Students may be approved more than one provision, for example a reader and a writer.

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