Who makes use of our services?

The Disability Rights Office (DRO) will undertake a comprehensive assessment to determine whether the student has a disability that hinders educational access. The assessment and evaluation process involves interviews with the student as well as a review of documentation provided by physicians and other clinicians (such as clinical psychologists, audiologists, or optometrists). Once approved, the student can register with the DRO and will then be able to utilise the many resources offered by the DRO.

What services do we provide?

The DRO ensures the continuous support of disabled students (physically, technologically, emotionally and socially) by including them into support groups for disabled students, and by collaborating with various other departments at the NWU to ensure that their needs are met. Services may vary on the three campuses, but may include:

  • On-site medical facilities providing students with well-being and health-related services (e.g.  wheelchairs  and crutches)
  • Personal and career development
  • Social services
  • Financial aid
  • Residence placement
  • Assistance to students with learning disabilities

Contact us if you have any enquiries about specific services on any of our campuses.

Services specific to Mahikeng Campus

Academic Support

  • Facilitating equity in access to resources and facilities on campus for students with disabilities.
  • Liaise with faculties on campus for extra time during tests and exams for affected students.
  • Securing prescribed textbooks and study guides for students with disabilities.
  • Securing equipment to enable visually impaired students to access their lectures easily.
  • Securing assistive devices for students with disabilities.

Admission and Registration

  • Assist students with disabilities with registration and orientation.
  • Assist students with disabilities with acquiring accommodation on campus.

Material Production

  • Scanning study materials in print, editing and transcribing it to Braille.
  • Visually impaired students are provided with specialised software like Zoom Text and Jaws.

Specialist computer room (Vanderbijlpark Campus)

The Vanderbijlpark Campus has a specialist computer room at the library, which is accessible and has state-of-the-art equipment. Our computer room is open to all students with disabilities who use assistive technology such as screen readers, magnifiers, voice recognition, Braille displays, loop systems, and various other portable devices.