The Disability Rights Unit aims to help students registered with them to gain equal access to educational opportunities at the NWU so they can participate freely and actively in all facets of university life: “If we are unable to help you, we will find someone who can!”
A note about our usage of the words “disabled” and “disability”:
In law, university policies, and common parlance, terms like disabled and disability have a variety of meanings, many of which are contextual. The use of disabled and disability in this document and in the name Disability Rights Unit (DRU) does not imply any determination relating to civil rights or other legal definitions and does not imply that students served by the DRU have disabilities as defined by any particular law. The DRU rather serves students who have documented physical, medical, learning and/or psychological conditions. Some of these may include:
- Visual impairments
- Physical impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Learning impairments
- Psychological impairments
- Speech impairments
- Chronic illnesses and painful conditions
- Seizure disorders
The Disability Rights Unit also assists in cases where professionals have verified that the student needs individualised services to overcome severe disadvantages. Students with temporary disabilities (e.g. broken limbs) may request services for the period during which they are disabled.
What is the function of the Disability Rights Unit?
Depending on the disability, students may require programme modifications (for example, a reduced course load), auxiliary services (such as note takers or laboratory assistants) or academic adjustments or modifications in instructional methods (for example, electronic and/or Braille textbooks and course material or extra time for tests and examinations). The Disability Rights Unit collaborates with other NWU departments to offer these services and more to registered students. This allows students equal access to educational opportunities at the NWU so they can participate freely and actively in all facets of university life.
The Disability Rights Unit also assists lecturers in their work by providing tips for teaching students with disabilities.
Contact the NWU Campus Disability Rights Unit
- +27 (0)18 389 2365
- For information on University policies regarding students with disabilities contact Penelope Motshwene at +27 (0)18 299 4431.
Vaal Triangle Campus
- For information on University policies regarding students with disabilities contact +27 (0)16 910 3192.