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Higher and Further Education Disability Services Association (HEDSA) is an advocacy and rights-based non-profit organisation representing disability services in Higher and Further Education Institutions in South Africa, and is recognised and endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training, as well as being accepted as a community of practice by Universities South Africa.

HEDSA Infographic that outlines the 8 key objectives. 1.	Stimulate dialogue and facilitate critical reflection 2.	Promote Rights equity, diversity, and inclusivity 3.	Network and cooperate with national bodies 4.	Facilitate inclusivity & collaboration at national level 5.	Support advocacy & disability-related change management 6.	Identify needs and current issues for students with disabilities 7.	Undertake projects that are affordable, achievable and appropriate 8.	Encourage collaboration research and development of HE institutions
HEDSA 2023 Biennial Conference
21-22 September 2023 - Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha

The HEDSA Exco is proud to announce that the HEDSA Biennial Conference will be held on the 21 - 22 September 2023 at Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape under the theme “Equity for All: Where are we?”. This HEDSA conference will focus on resource-rich engagements on the access, retention, and success of Deaf students and includes a focused speaker programme, panel discussions, group sessions and social networking event. The Conference aims to provide an opportunity to learn, engage and grow meaningful relationships. We welcome everyone to join our Conference.

HEDSA 2023 Biennial Conference Registration Form

Please send your conference general queries to:

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We have extended the Conference registration deadline until 11 September 2023, with payment due by 23 September 2023.

UCT Disability Services Suicide Prevention and Intervention Webinar - 26 July 2023


Please join Kolpin and O’ Connor Consultants, as well as the UCT Disability Service - for this free webinar, as we explore issues related to suicide prevention and intervention in Higher Education.

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Online Learning Resources:
Looking for how to assist students with disabilities with online learning?

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Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies in 2023

Ms Martie Miranda

Chairperson, UFS

Mr Nevil Balakrishna

Vice-Chairperson, UKZN

Dr Leila Abdool Gafoor

Secretary, UJ

Ms Anneline Taljaard

Treasurer, Boland College

Dr Maria Ramaahlo

Publicity and Communications

Dr Nosiphiwo Delubom

Co-opted member, NMU


SAUS Representative


SATVETSA Representative


As the HEDSA community we make use of a list serve to share best practices, ask questions, advise, guide learn from others and just share knowledge and information.  If you would like to be added to the listserv, please make contact with Dr Maria Ramaahlo (HEDSA Publicity and Communication) or Dr Leila Abdool Gafoor (HEDSA Secretariat),  at, or

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