Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Impairments

CSU aims to provide an accessible and inclusive environment that enables students and staff with disabilities to study and work on the same basis as others, and develop their potential to the fullest extent.

A percentage of all site users will have some sort of impairment that will impact on their ability to engage with content, navigate the site and accomplish online tasks.

Impairments may be a permanent condition or temporary such as the result of an illness or accident. Many impairments are age related resulting in changes in vision, hearing, dexterity and cognition.

Context is everything - individuals are not disabled by their impairment but rather barriers that exist that do not meet their needs.

It's not that a student can't walk but the presence of stairs that is the problem. 

Main Categories of Impairment

  • Hearing  - hard of hearing, deaf
  • Physical  - Fine motor control, body movement, pain, lack of strength
  • Cognitive  - difficulties with reading and concentration, processing of information, seizures
  • Vision  - low vision or blindness, colour blindness.

Some site users will require Assistive Technologies (AT) to access online content. These technologies include specialised software such speech readers, or hardware such as pointers. For many other users, built in features on their computer or preferred browser will enable them to access the site changing text size or page contrast.

Each situation relies on the online environment being optimised for access through correct structure, mark-up and ability to be customised to suit their requirements.

While there are many variations and combinations of impairments, for website management Users can be grouped into one or more of the following general categories.

More information on Specific Impairments can be found on the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) through the following links: