South African-Swedish research collaboration project
Posted on May 29, 2019
Dr Ensa Johnson (Centre for AAC, UP) and Associate Prof Stefan Nilsson from Gothenburg University in Sweden received funding from the National Research Foundation (NRF), Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) as well as the South African Swedish...
Emergency Communication boards for communication in Mozambique
Posted on May 07, 2019
In the wake of cyclones Idai and Kenneth millions of Mozambican citizens are left in need of humanitarian aid. An emergency communication board was developed in order to bridge communication gaps between rescue and support workers who might not speak Portuguese and Mozambicans (e.g. children and...
UP academics make up eight of 20 new members of top national Science Academy
Posted on October 19, 2018
Eight academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) are among 20 of the country’s leading scholars and scientists recently inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
Hear me roar – Fofa Communication Empowerment Programme
Posted on September 11, 2018
The Centre for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (Centre for AAC) at the University of Pretoria held its 13th Fofa Communication Empowerment Programme week for young people with severe communication disabilities who use alternative forms of communication, such as speech-generating...
Giving a voice to persons with disabilities
Posted on July 16, 2018
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reaffirms the basic human rights and dignity of persons with disabilities and advocates for the full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. However, persons with disabilities face numerous...
Professor Juan Bornman visits the National University of Lesotho’s (NUL) Roma campus
Posted on June 22, 2018
Lesotho’s mountains which is also the source of its crystal-clear water present unforgettable panoramas when one visits this alpine Kingdom in the Sky. On 17 May Prof Juan Bornman presented a morning seminar entitled “Believe that all can achieve: increasing participation of...
Presentation at the 2018 National Cerebral Palsy Conference
Posted on May 30, 2018
Prof Shakila Dada and Dr Kerstin Tönsing gave a presentation at the 2018 National Cerebral Palsy Conference entitled “AAC assessment for persons with cerebral palsy.” The presentation aimed at giving service providers a broad outline of aspects to include in an AAC assessment and...
Formalizing the collaboration between the University of Pretoria and Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.
Posted on May 23, 2018
On Friday, 11 May 2018, Prof Ulrike Lüdtke, head of the Department of Speech and Language Pedagogy & Therapy, managing director of the Institute of Special Education, one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Humanities of the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), in Germany visited the...
Reflections on Collaboration
Posted on April 05, 2018
Increasingly universities requires researchers to embark on collaborative research with local and international researchers. As the principal investigators on a National Research Foundation (NRF) and Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Science...
Dr Ulrika Ferm from Sweden visits the CAAC
Posted on February 15, 2018
The word “communication” is derived from the Latin “communicare” which means “to share” and that is exactly what Dr Ferm did in five days : presenting five expert lectures, meeting 100 students, visiting two schools for children with disability and discussing...
Kolkata - A city of contrasts
Posted on December 05, 2017
Kolkata is the second largest city in India situated in West Bengal. Kolkata for most visitors conjures up images of human suffering and poverty. This is a partial picture of this vibrant city. It is a city of contrasts, not unlike South Africa, noble and squalid; historic and futuristic...
WATCH: Online learning contributes to student success
Posted on October 20, 2017
For two decades the University of Pretoria (UP) has offered a blended approach to teaching and learning. This model has secured a place for UP as a leader on the African continent in the use of a blended learning model.
Dr Schlebusch receives prestigious Autism Research Award
Posted on October 13, 2017
Dr Liezl Schlebusch was recently chosen as a recipient of an Emerging Researcher Award from the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and Autism Speaks.
Young adults with severe disabilities make connections on campus
Posted on October 13, 2017
Relationships – human connection – makes the world go round. For people with severe communication difficulties, making these connections is not always easy. Discrimination, stigma, and false perceptions by society often make it difficult for them to be seen, to be heard, and to have a...
Lesotho Collaboration - the Kingdom in the Sky
Posted on June 08, 2017
Lesotho might be a tiny landlocked country, nestled between the Drakensberg and Maloti mountain ranges but it is a country with a big heart. It is entirely surrounded by South Africa, and from 25 to 27 May 2017 four South Africans from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication...
CAAC awards Neville Cohen Award to Prof Erna Alant
Posted on May 31, 2017
Prof Erna Alant, founder of the Centre of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria, received the Neville Cohen Award on 24 May 2017.
DisOlympics on campus: Transforming how we walk and talk
Posted on May 18, 2017
The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, in collaboration with the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted an event titled, 'DisOlympics on campus: Transforming...
Kenyan collaboration - a river of possibility
Posted on March 13, 2017
Prof Juan Bornman, from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP was recently invited to deliver a keynote address at the 6th East African International Conference on Communication Disability at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof Bornman publishes 2nd edition of 'Believe that all can achieve'
Posted on February 27, 2017
Prof Juan Bornman from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria and Jill Rose recently published the second edition of Believe that all can achieve - Increasing classroom participation in learners with special support needs.
CAAC wins global innovative education award
Posted on December 07, 2016
The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC)at the University of Pretoria won the Regional Gold Award for Africa at the 2016 Reimagine Education Conference and Awards Ceremony held in Philadelphia, USA on Monday, 5 December 2016.