Copying for students with a disability

The Copyright Act contains special provisions which allow the University to reproduce copyright protected works in an accessible format for a person with a print or intellectual disability.

Copying for a student with a print disability

You may rely on the print disability provisions in the Copyright Act to copy literary or dramatic works, in whole or in part, if the student for whom you are making the copy is:

  • blind or visually impaired
  • unable to focus or move their eyes
  • has problems with perception
  • unable to manipulate books (e.g. turn the pages, hold a book)

The copying or communication can be done by the student with the disability or by someone on their behalf.

Copying for a student with an intellectual disability

Intellectual disability is not defined in the Act but could mean a student who has difficulties with thought processes and making judgements, learning, problem solving, remembering information and communicating. If you are unsure if someone has an intellectual disability, you should seek advice in the first instance from a University Disability Adviser within the Student Engagement Unit. An intellectual disability should not be confused with a mental illness.