Welcome to the University of Pretoria’s Disability Unit. The University of Pretoria has an institutional commitment to ensuring an integrated and inclusive learning experience for students with disabilities. Accordingly, the Disability Unit aims to create an enabling environment by providing support to students with disabilities. We encourage you to register with the Disability Unit and visit our webpage regularly to keep abreast of any updates.
We operate within the Department of Student Affairs and support students with disabilities in partnership with professional services and faculties. The DU endeavours to establish a human rights culture at UP which allows for equal access and participation of students with disabilities in the learning environment. The DU facilitates academic accommodations in partnership with the professional services and academic departments.
Disability Unit staff run virtual consultation sessions and walk-in sessions to support you with queries daily between 8.00 and 12.30 at the Old Chemistry Building, Room 1-4 or email [email protected]. The Disability Unit administrator will assist you with completing the walk-in form prior to each consultation.
Sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are suitable for a range of queries including:
- Should I register with the Disability Unit?
- What support is available?
- How do I book tests and exams at the Disability Unit?
- In-depth queries such as a change in support needs or a review of concessions?
In efforts to create an integrated and inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities, the Disability Unit offers the following services:
- Assistive technological services: screenings, training, and support to students with disabilities regarding a variety of assistive computer technologies and software applications available at our computer lab. Training sessions are available by request.
- Adapted text arrangements: Conversion of study material into accessible formats.
- Facilitation of test and examination accommodations for students with disabilities.
- Test and Exam Concession applications (relevant supporting medical report and registration with DU required).
- Orientation and mobility training for students with low vision and/or blindness.
- Concession support for students with learning disabilities.
- Referrals for recommended textbooks in electronic format.
- Accessible study venues and a computer lab.