Support To Students With Disabilities

Mr O Sipuka
Deputy Director of ARCSWiD directorate

Deputy Director's Message

Dear reader
Thank you very much for visiting our webpage, and for your interest in the services provided by The Advocacy and Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities (ARCSWiD) to students with disabilities registered with UNISA. We do hope that you will visit our webpage regularly to keep abreast of any updates.

Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the contents of our webpage so that you would have a good idea of the range of services for students with disabilities. Please also encourage your colleagues, friends and family to visit our webpage. Also, if you are aware of someone who may not have access to the Internet, please inform him or her of our services. By doing so, more people would become aware of the services for students with disabilities registered with UNISA. Thank you once again for your interest, and we await any comments or suggestions you may have.

Location of ARCSWiD

ARCSWiD is situated within the Learner Support & Student Affairs portfolio and is one of the three directorates under the Dean of Students with Student Development and Student Funding being the others.

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
  • Transcribing assignments and exam scripts
  • Providing sign language interpretation services

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 counseling 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

We Care, We Develop, We Support!

Last modified: 2016/10/27