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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Know your CPUT: Disability Unit

Know your CPUT: Disability Unit www.humanrights.gov.au

Students with disabilities are ensured top notch service thanks to the innovative Disability Unit which has a presence on all CPUT campuses.

In 2013 over 260 students were assisted academically and that number is expected to grow this year.

The unit performs a number of functions from registering students to assisting them during exams. The unit also forms a vital link between the student, their lecturers and student counselling.

The supportive environment offers a number of resources like wheelchair friendly desks, special computer software for dyslexia, magnifiers for the visually impaired students and Braille embossers for blind students to name just a few.

The Disability Unit is based on all campuses- in the IT centre in Bellville, in the Administration Building in Cape Town and will soon be launching its latest office in Mowbray. The unit also has a presence at all the other CPUT service points like Athlone, Wellington and George.

It is open from 8am to 4pm during the week although the lab in the E-Learning centre in Cape Town is open 24 hours.

All CPUT campuses are also equipped to handle the special needs of students and staff with disabilities. This includes wheelchair friendly parking, lifts as well as a specially adapted vehicle for transporting these students.

Call the unit at 021 953 8438 or visit their webpage.

Written by Lauren Kansley

Tel: +27 21 953 8646
Email: kansleyl@cput.ac.za

Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.