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HSC – Disability Provisions – Frequency and Description of Approved Provisions

Published June 2017

Provision 2013 2014 2015 2016 Description
Assistance 103 112 123 96 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* 280 275 325 236 Approved for students who have a medical need for regular nutrition.
Black & white paper 22 17 23 22 Approved for students with colour blindness who cannot interpret the colour material in Geography or Visual Arts.
Coloured lenses / overlay 4 171 167 149 Approved for students who need coloured filters to address glare or print distortion
Diabetic provisions* 197 242 199 225 Approved for students with diabetes who need to check their blood glucose level and possibly take remedial action.
Drink* 475 490 338 247 Approved for students who have a medical reason for regular hydration, or who require a drink such as glucose or electrolytes. Note: all students may take water in a clear container into the examinations.
Examiner aware 39 29 35 27 Approved for performance examinations where the examiner may mistake a pre-existing condition (such as a stutter) for performance anxiety.
Extra time 411 360 333 273 Approved for students with demonstrated vision or cognitive disability or very limited reading ability. Additional five minutes per half hour. See also reader or extra time.
Extra time - work or rest 24 16 15 13 Approved for students who require both extra time and rest breaks, but not cumulatively. Additional five minutes per half hour.
Extra time to type 6 4 4 4 Approved for students granted a computer with a very slow demonstrated typing speed; conditions such as cerebral palsy.
Extra time to write 444 411 368 261 Approved for students with demonstrated slow writing speed on extended responses. Additional 2.5 minutes per half hour.
Feeding breaks 7 8 9 3 Approved for recent mothers who need to feed their baby regularly. This is not a disability but uses the provision application process.
Heat or ice pack* 103 102 125 114 Approved for students with shown to be alleviated by this provision.
Hospital or alternative venue 55 68 91 69 Approved for students currently in hospital, or unable to attend a school due to medical or psychological conditions.
Illness/misadventure if required 11 7 3 1 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 15 8 2 18 Approved for students who have a hearing disability which affects their access to a listening examination in the examination centre.
Individual instructions* 77 85 93 124 Approved for students with hearing or attention disabilities who may not hear general announcements.  
Individual supervision 98 96 113 122 Approved for students who are unable to sit with other students, generally for reasons such as anxiety or vocal tics.
Medication* 360 311 322 309 Approved for students with a medical need to take prescribed medication at regular intervals.
Modified examination paper 291 149 177 154 Approved for students with a demonstrated need for modified examination papers such as enlarged print, a split paper or inability to use mathematical instruments.
Oral and/or Sign interpreter 34 30 27 39 Approved for students who communicate by lip reading and/or signing.
Personal computer 96 113 103 72 Approved for students with a demonstrated handwriting disability and for whom no other provision (rest, extra time or writer) is shown to be effective.
Reader 1004 802 761 595 Approved for students with low reading ability, as demonstrated on an accepted reading test.
Reader OR extra time 446 529 583 785 Approved for students with very low reading ability who may elect at each examination to use a reader OR extra time
Rescheduled examination 29 39 25 29 Approved for students with a condition such as cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue or sleep apnea who are unable to sit an examination at the scheduled time.
Rest breaks 3270 3689 3708 3769 Approved for students with demonstrated pain, anxiety disorder 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.
Special furniture* 329 334 373 325 Approved for students requiring special furniture such as a tilted desk, padded chair or footrest.
Special lighting* 112 157 147 166 Approved for students with vision disability who have problems with fluorescent or artificial lighting.
Stand / stretch 89 119 176 256 Approved for students with chronic pain or concentration disability that prevents sitting for an extended period.
Thesaurus/dictionary 33 29 27 30 Approved for students with a moderate to profound hearing loss.
Toilet breaks 172 167 149 108 Approved for students with an infection or chronic condition that requires frequent or extended visits to the toilet.
Towel* 16 37 23 19 Approved for students with hyperhydrosis who need to dry their hands frequently.
Varied seating* 244 296 314 331 Approved for students who require particular seating, for example students with a hearing or vision disability which requires sitting at the front, or students needing to sit near a window or exit.
Ventilation provisions* 62 33 31 28 Approved for students who require a controlled temperature range.
Vision aids* 22 23 42 35 Approved for students who require magnification or other vision assistance.
Writer 1235 971 895 747 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 69 79 80 77 Provisions approved for a very small number of students, for example, brailler, audio headphones* or talking calculator.

* Provision approved by the principal under delegation from NESA

Please note that students may be approved more than one provision, for example a reader and a writer.

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