Self-advocacy webinar for university students

15 January 2020

Are you preparing for or thinking about studying at university and want to know how best to advocate for yourself?

Register for our ”Stand Up for Your Rights Advocacy Webinar: What university students need to know” today for advice from our expert panel.

In this webinar we will cover topics including:

  • Preparing for tertiary education with a focus on university.
  • Tips and tricks in helping you get the most out of your university experience as a student who is blind or has low vision;
  • What to do if you come across a barrier you haven’t anticipated;
  • Hear about Vision Australia’s research into barriers to online learning; and
  • An overview of our stand up for your rights self-advocacy guide on tertiary education.

Our panellists are keen to answer questions you may have. Please send them to You will also be able to ask questions via email or through Zoom during the webinar.

Webinar details

When: Wednesday, 5 February 2020 
Time:  6:30pm NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS; QLD 5:30pm; SA 6pm, NT 5pm; WA 3:30pm
Cost: Free (your own data or call charges will apply)
Book: Secure your place: Please register your details.  

Meet the panel

Bruce Maguire: Lead Policy Advisor, Vision Australia 

Bruce is blind and has a Master’s degree in Policy and Applied Social Research. Before joining Vision Australia in 2008, Bruce worked in the Disability Rights Unit at the Australian Human Rights Commission. He has also been Chair of the Australian Braille Authority and President of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. He also led Vision Australia’s research project into barriers to online learning experienced by university students who are blind or have low vision. 

Jane Britt: Policy Officer, Blind Citizens Australia

Jane currently serving on the Expert / Quality Advisory Panel for the development of a virtual centre for women and children with disabilities, being created by Women with Disabilities Australia. She undertakes freelance journalism on disability issues. Jane has also held positions with Vision Australia and the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education. 

Doug McGinn: Disability Advisor, University of Tasmania

As a disability advisor, Doug works with students with all types of disabilities and ongoing medical conditions including those with vision impairments. While he was a student, Doug was extremely active in the area of the rights and services for students with disabilities. He was integral in the establishment of a student support group and disability resource rooms and the employment of disability advisers.