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Overview

The Disability Rights Unit operates within Department of Student Governance & Development under Student Services Sector and supports students with disabilities in the University setting.

Services offered

  • It provides within its available means appropriate advise and academic support to students with disabilities thereby making access to education fair and equitable.
  • General advocacy for students living with disabilities.
  • Health related support to students living with disabilities.
  • Support for students to navigate and liaise with academic environment.
  • Liaison with financial resources available.
  • Referrals to psychotherapy and psychological services.
  • Assistance of students living with disabilities during registration.
  • Assistance of students living with disabilities with residence accommodation.
  • Assistance of students living with disabilities with confirmation of status.

Student Responsibility

  • Register with the Disability Rights Unit as early as possible and submit documentation of disability as a prerequisite to receiving academic accommodations.
  • “Letters of Accommodation” that detail your disability-related needs may be discussed with lecturers and other relevant faculty members only with the student permission.  
  • Make timely applications for test and examination arrangements.
  • Provide for personal disability-related needs or services such as personal care attendants, Interpreters and Scribes.
  • All requests to be submitted to the DRU.

Forms available at DRU

  • DRU Registration form.
  • Skip a Q letter.

Power of Words

  • Language can be used as a powerful tool to bring about change and bring about new values, attitude and social integration at the same time, thoughtless language can re-inforce stereotypes and labelling of disabled people.
  • To this end check the list of acceptable and unacceptable terminology to use when referring to people with disabilities. This will help ensure the way we speak does not compound the social marginalization of people with disabilities.

J Yes

X NO

  • Disable person/ persons with disabilities
  • Afflicted with…/ victim of …
  • Non-disabled
  • Able- bodied
  • Uses a wheelchair
  • Wheelchair – bound / confined to a wheelchair
  • Deaf
  • Deaf- mute / Deaf and dumb
  • D
  • Handicap physically / mentally challenged. Cripple/Crippled
  • Persons with cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral  palsied/ spastic
  • Persons with epilepsy
  • Epileptic
  • Persons of short statue
  • Dwarf/midget
  • Persons with paraplegia/ he or she has quadriplegia
  • Paraplegic/ quadriplec

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Contact us

DBN Contact Person: Gugu Sacolo

Tel: 031 373 2551

Email: guguk@dut.ac.za / DisabilityRU@dut.ac.za

Location: Library Complex, 1st Floor, Room No: BC 0229

Campus: Steve Biko Campus

 

PMB contact person: Thobeka Shozi – Nxumalo

Tel: 033 845 8809/8880

Email: thobeks@dut.ac.za

Location: H-Block

Campus: Riverside Campus