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Looking for disability-related training courses, workshops and colloquiums being held in South Africa? You have come to the right place! Please click on the appropriate title below to download more information about the training course, workshop or colloquium taking place around South Africa.

HEDSA South African Sign Language Interpreters Workshop

Higher Education Institutions’ South African Sign Language Interpreters Workshop. Revision of the HEDSA Guidelines on the appointment of SASLI’s at higher education institutions.  Please send to your counterparts who work Deaf students, SASLIs in HE, SASLI coordinators, etc.  The aim of the workshop is to review and update the HEDSA Guideline on the appointment of SASLIs in the Post-School Education and Training sector. The workshop will be presented on the 29th and 30th August 2024 at UFS.  Registrations close on the  31st July 2024.  HEDSA SASLI Workshop Registration Form

Refreshments and lunch will be covered by the host and accommodation and travelling will be for your own institution’s cost.


Date: 29 & 30 August 2024
Venue: Education Auditorium, Bloemfontein Campus , University of the Free State

 HEDSA SASLI Workshop Registration Form


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.


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 focussed 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 would like to encourage all delegates to register by the 15th of August 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


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