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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
Online Learning Resources:
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Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies in 2024

A Short Learning Programme:  Basic Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

The course will be presented in the months of February, May, August and October 2024.  Please ensure to book your spot with Mrs Elisa Sising (  if you are interested.


Dr Nosiphiwo Delubom

Chairperson, NMU

Dr Leila Abdool Gafoor

Vice-Chairperson, UJ

Ms Charity Morrison

Secretary, UFS

Dr Ashley Subbiah 

Treasurer, UKZN

Dr Maria Ramaahlo

Publicity and Communications, NWU

Mr Nceba Nyanda

Co-opted Member, Lovedale TVET College


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 Ms Charity Morrison (HEDSA Secretariat),  at, or

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