Access to tertiary institution for students with disabilities can no longer be left to chance,but it is an obligation to institutions of higher education which admit students with disabilities to their programmes of study. It is a prerequisite and requirement to the Constitution of South Africa that institutions promote and protect equity of access with regard to physical, information and attitudinal aspects of life in higher education.
In an attempt to comply with the Constitution of the country for inclusion of students with disabilities, the University of Limpopo is doing its utmost to admit and provide facilities and an enabling environment for students with disabilities.
University of Limpopo is committed to providing support services to students with disabilities in order to provide a study environment which promotes fairness and equity to all students irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion, etc.
Mission Of The Disabled Students Unit
The Disabled Students Unit (DSU) provides appropriate support services to empower persons with disabilities on campus and in the community.Empowerment occurs through education, training, and development – encouraging independence and active participation in the academic and socio-economic world.
The Disabled Students Unit strives to maximize capabilities of body and mind and to open doors of opportunities for persons with disabilities by providing accessible facilities with up-to-date technology so as to capacitate them to plough back into the community the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the University.
The policy statement of the University of Limpopo outlines the requirements and guidelines for students with disabilities who wish to register with the institution.
Admission To The University
All Studends at the Universtity of Limpopo are admitted on merit in accordance with the rules and regulations,irrespective of age, gender,race, religion or disability.
The University admits students with disabilities on merit and on the basis of availability of resources and facilities which can meet their needs and:
Disabilities Catered For
Due to limited resources and facilities, the University and the DSU can only accommodate a limited number of students with disabilities. The University of Limpopo can provide services for a limited number of blind students, partially sighted students and physically disabled students, depending on the degree of disability. Services for severely disabled students cannot be provided as the University has limited material and personnel resources.
Services Provided At The Disabled Students Unit
The University does not provide students with disabilities with personal assistive devices such as wheelchairs, laptops, computers, eye-glasses, hearing aids, etc.Students with disabilities have to register with the DSU in order to be eligible for the services rendered by the Unit.
The DSU offers orientation and mobility training to new students to familiarise them with the new surroundings and to encourage free and independent movement.
All students with disabilities are offered basic computer lessons to develop essential skills for using adaptive technology. Computers with voice interface for blind students are also available for typing out assignments or surfing the internet.
Partially sighted students have access to print by means of reading equipment that enlarges print to required size.
Braille printers are made available to blind students to transcribe print into Braille at a price determined by the DSU from time to time. The DSU also provides Braille services to individuals, schools and organizations from the surroundings areas at a price determined by the Unit.
Braille and Audio books and journals are purchased and loaned out to students.
Books required by students but not available in the library, are obtained from other libraries through Inter-Library loans.
Assistive devices such as tape-recorders, type-writers and Perkins Braillers are also loaned out to students. Students who break or lose the assistive devices borrowed from the DSU, will have to replace or pay for them. Failure to comply will lead to amount to the value of the assistive device debited to the student’s account and results withheld until payment or replacement is made.
Photocopying is done for students at a price determined by the DSU from time to time.
It is very crucial for students with disabilities to inform their lecturers about their needs. Individual students should therefore arrange an interview with their lecturers to discuss their problems and needs. The School, together with the DSU will determine to what extend modifications and / or accommodations have to be applied, e.g.
Students with disabilities are accommodated in University residences. Students with disabilities will be given first preference to choose a residence of their choice however, room allocation is done on the basis of the degree of disability and the need to a particular type of disability.
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