Support for students with disabilities


Location of ARCSWiD

ARCSWiD is situated within the registrar’s portfolio and is one of the two divisions under the Dean of Students together with Student Development.

Vision of ARCSWiD

The vision of ARCSWiD is to be the leading provider of quality services for students with disabilities registered with UNISA.

Mission of ARCSWiD

In line with UNISA’s Strategy, the mission of ARCSWiD is to create an enabling teaching and learning environment that will lead to the full participation and equalisation of opportunities for students with disabilities.

Focus Areas

We currently have two focus areas and these are:

Student Support and Administration

  • Registering Students with disabilities
  • Producing study material in alternative formats
  • Providing academic support interventions
  • Providing sign language interpretation services
  • Providing orientation and mobility to visually impaired and partially sighted students

Advocacy and Training

  • Implementing facilitation of learning training programmes
  • Commissioning/Conducting research
  • Implementing Community Outreach programmes

What services can students with disabilities receive from ARCSWiD?

  1. Referrals to career and counselling services
  2. Assistance in completing application forms during registration
  3. Assistance with fee reduction applications
  4. Assistance in motivating for assistive devices and access technology equipment
  5. Study guides and tutorial letters in either Braille, large-print, electronic or audio formats
  6. Electronic versions of prescribed books obtained on request from publishers
  7. Interventions with academic departments
  8. Advice on assistive devices and access technology
  9. Sign Language Interpretation services for deaf students
  10. Orientation and Mobility assistance for blind and partially-sighted students
  11. Advice on low-vision devices for partially-sighted students
  12. Referrals to relevant service providers and civil society organizations
  13. Referrals to the Library Disability Workgroup for recommended textbooks in electronic format

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Last modified: 2023/08/07