Disability is an umbrella term that covers:

  • People with physical or mental health conditions
  • Neurodiverse individuals
  • Permanent or temporary conditions
  • Conditions which have fluctuating symptoms

Disability is not just a health problem: it is complex and reflects the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which they live. It can be both visible and invisible to others. We take a nuanced social view of disability and recognise that whilst physical aspects of disability, such as pain, are real and can themselves be disabling, the most disabling aspects of life are often the barriers created by an inaccessible society.

UQ is committed to:

  • supporting and promoting the right of people with disabilities to contribute and work on an equitable basis with other members of our community
  • developing and maintaining an environment that is accessible to people of all abilities.

Our initiatives for staff:

  • the UQ Disability Action Plan provides an operational framework for UQ's commitment to ensuring our environment is accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities
  • policies and procedures based on relevant legislation, ensuring the fair treatment of people with disabilities at UQ
  • support services
  • reasonable adjustments for people with disability, and practical support and advice for supervisors who manage staff with disability
  • Disability Confidence training programs to educate and inform staff, including supervisors, of the challenges and barriers that people with disabilities may face, and strategies for how they can assist staff members with disabilities by removing these barriers
  • training programs for student-facing staff
  • resources and programs to develop and maintain an informed and inclusive culture within the UQ community
  • a Disability Inclusion Community of Practice for researchers and other staff working in the area of disability at UQ
  • a commitment to ongoing improvement of accessible facilities, resources and services.