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2022 UKZN Disability Research Indaba - 12 October 2022

The UKZN Disability Support Unit cordially invites you to register and/or submit an abstract for the 2022 Disability Research Indaba: “The new normal”: Embracing a post-pandemic inclusive higher education landscape.

Please take note that registration and the call for abstracts for the 2022 UKZN Disability Research Indaba is now open. The UKZN Disability Support Unit would sincerely appreciate your attendance and participation. You are most welcome to disseminate the below notice and attached poster via your respective networks. We look forward to hosting you virtually on 12 October 2022.


This Online Indaba opens conversations through participation, dialogue, and reasoning, which aims to focus on the theme of:

The Indaba invites submissions focusing on the following broad key areas:

  • Universal design for learning (UDL)

  • Reasonable accommodations

  • Digitising the teaching and learning experience

  • Social integration

  • Mental health, resilience and wellness

  • Stigma management and reduction

  • Disability rights and Self-representation

  • Transformation and inclusive policy arrangements

  • Mainstream transitioning of students with disabilities

  • Delivery of South African sign language (SASL) interpreting services


13 May 2022 – Abstract submission and registration opens

24 June 2022 – Abstract submission closes

10 July 2022 – Notification to authors of acceptance

24 July 2022 – Resubmission of revised abstracts

12 October 2022 – Indaba


The Indaba will be virtually hosted via Zoom on 12 October 2022 from 8:00 to 16:30.


Zoom registration: Click here

Abstract submission: Click here


For any enquiries, please contact Dr Ashley Subbiah at



The Concerned Blind and Partially Sighted Persons’ Forum, in partnership with the South African National Zakaah Fund (SANZAF), will be hosting a national conference on blindness and low vision at the Capetonian Hotel Conference Hall in Cape Town on 14-16 November 2022.


The purpose of the conference is to bring together interested stakeholders to explore critical issues on blindness and low vision from a practical, hands-on approach, drawing on the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of presenters and conference delegates. Based on the overall theme: Taking the next steps toward a greater vision, the proposed conference, which would also serve to recognise and celebrate Disability Month, would include presentations and break-away discussions on pertinent themes and sub-themes pertaining to education, skills development, employment, advocacy and empowerment. Equally important, the conference would include scintillating social events that would assist in developing useful and lasting networks that would serve to promote discussions and projects in the field of blindness and low vision.


Although not exhaustive, the list would include the following:

  • Educators in schools;

  • Academic and support staff from further and higher education institutions;

  • Practitioners in the field of blindness and low vision;

  • Students;

  • Job-seekers;

  • Blind and partially sighted persons in employment.


A nominal registration fee of R900.00 is payable by each delegate to gain admission to the conference. The registration fee will cover the following:

  • A cocktail on the evening of 13 November 2022 to informally welcome the delegates;

  • A commemorative conference bag for each delegate;

  • The programme of the conference in alternate formats;

  • Lunch on each day of the conference;

  • Morning and afternoon tea/coffee; and

  • A banquet on the final evening of the conference.

We look forward to an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable conference, and we hope you do too. Importantly, the organisers of the conference will strive to make this experience unparalleled and enriching for you.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated support, and we hope to meet you at this much-needed national conference.

Closing Date for Registration

To assist the organisers with regard to relevant logistical arrangements, please confirm your attendance by no later than 15 October 2022. On receipt of your confirmation, a registration document would be forwarded to you.

Conference Organisers Contact Details

Please use the following contact details to reserve your seat at what promises to be an informative, interesting and practical conference.

Siva Moodley:

Tel.: 0825781552


Saffura Khan:

Tel.: 0724174422; 031 3096786


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