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Disability Peer Mentoring

Mentoring is peer support that aims to help students develop more effective study patterns and enhance their ability to overcome barriers to success, providing them with a more equal chance of achieving academic and personal goals.

The goal of mentoring is to assist both new and current students transition or adapt to University, specifically to:

  • become independent learners in a new environment
  • achieve student success and an improved student experience
  • demonstrate better student persistence rates
  • link to appropriate sources of support in a timely way.
  • Peer mentoring complements other specific study support services such as The Learning Centre and UniPASS.

    Disability Peer Mentoring Programs at Curtin

    Disability Peer Mentoring was introduced at Curtin in 2014 initially for students on the Autism Spectrum, and recognises the need for specialised support to promote academic success and employment outcomes for this group. The program is now the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program (CSMP) for students on the Autism Spectrum and related conditions. The program assigns students a peer mentor who is a successful student from Health courses in Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, and Speech Pathology. The program is coordinated and supervised by Curtin Disability Services.