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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Know Your CPUT: Disability Unit

Students with disabilities don’t need to struggle alone.

CPUT is home to one of the most innovative Disability Unit’s at any university in the country.

Each year hundreds of students with a range of disabilities are assisted in achieving their very best academically.

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, Braille embossers for blind students and even a stenographer who assists with note taking to name just a few.

The head of the unit Dr Nina Du Toit urges all students who have a known disability or suspect they may have one to make contact with her unit to be assessed and start accessing the services.

The Disability Unit is based on all campuses- in the IT centre in Bellville, in the Administration Building in Cape Town and 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 a day.

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 for more information.

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.