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Welcome to HEDSA's events page. Here you can find out all the information about any past or current disability-related events in South Africa. 
UDL Short Learning Programme

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

The content of the Short Learning Programme (SLP) includes an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This will comprise definitions, benefits and the key principles of UDL. Furthermore, a practical approach (The Plus-One approach) to applying UDL will be taught and applied. In addition, an educator’s checklist on UDL will be utilised as another application tool. Finally, alternate assessment methods will be covered.

The main purpose of the programme is to introduce and develop participant’s understanding of UDL.  Furthermore, it aims to equip participants with introductory skills to practice UDL in their various work contexts.


Who can enroll:

All support and academic staff involved in school and post-school Education and Training.

Upon completion of this SLP, participants will be able to:

  • Define Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

  • Indicate the benefits of UDL

  • Distinguish the three key principles within the unit framework namely Multiple Means of Engagement (MME) Multiple Means of Representation (MMR) and Multiple Means of Action and Expression (MMA&E)

  • Match the UDL examples key UDL guidelines

  • Employ the plus-one approach in course exercises

  • Apply the Educator’s checklist in course exercises

  • Apply alternative assessment methods based on UDL principles

  • Apply the plus-one method to assessments

  • Explain how UDL can be applied in their own personal work context

Course pricing:                  R6 500 per person

Contact person:                Mrs Elisa Sising (

Duration of course:         4 weeks

Mode of delivery:            Online (work in own time with weekly submissions)

Course Programme:         Short Learning Programme (SLP)

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

Talk by Dr Elizabeth Dalton: Educational Technologies and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Hosted by Stellenbosch University

Date: 11 October 2023

Time: 10:00-12:00

Format of Session: Hybrid – to access session link kindly email

Past Events
HEDSA 2023 Biennial Symposium
21-22 September 2023 - Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, South Africa

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 events. The Conference aims to provide an opportunity to learn, engage and grow meaningful relationships. We welcome everyone to join our Conference.

There are several important issues and dates that we would like to bring to your attention:


HEDSA Conference Registration Form

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

Registration Fees:

Conference registration fees include conference pack, morning/afternoon teas, lunch, cocktail and social evening on the 21st September 2023.

  • HEDSA Member: R3 500

  • Students: R2 000

  • Group booking of 6 and more will get their HEDSA membership fee (R2 000) discounted for the institution. Kindly email for further queries in this regard.

You will receive an invoice once you have submitted your conference registration form . Please take note the reference number that will be reflected on your invoice must be reflected on all payments. Please note that the paid registration fee cannot be refunded if anyone is not able to participate in the conference.

Conference venue & accommodation

  • The HEDSA Conference will take place in Gqeberha at the Nelson Mandela University Auditorium.

  • Delegates are welcome to access the various hotels surrounding the conference venue. Please note that accommodation will not be reserved exclusively for the period of 21-22 September 2023 for HEDSA members.

  • Shuttle/Transport: Attendees registering for the conference can arrange for a shuttle/transport through their booked accommodation for the duration of the conference. The conference programme on Day 1 (21st September 2023) will commence at 10:00 to allow delegates to travel to the Eastern Cape the morning of the conference.

Conference attire:

The conference attire will be business casual.

Conference enquiries:

Please send your conference general queries to and payment queries to


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.

Webinar Poster


Registration Link:
Please register by Friday, 21 July 2023.
A link for the webinar will be sent on Monday, 24 July 2023.


Presenters’ Biosketch Link:

For further information, please contact:

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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