The Disability Support Units across the institution engaged in regular awareness raising and advocacy to increase access and support for student with disabilities.  A major highlight for 2015 was the Inaugural Research Indaba which served the purpose of placing issues of disability on the agenda of the university.  The event was well attended and it was a milestone for the Disability Support Service in that it brought academic, support staff, strategic partners in the disability sector and students together around issue of disability.  

The successful follow up to the Inaugural Disability Support Research Indaba was held on the 12 October 2016.  The success of the inaugural Indaba set the pace for the conceptualisation of the 2016 research Indaba. Yet, again, the indaba strongly positioned Disability Support in Higher Education on the research agenda. This has not been done before from a higher education perspective. Attendees from different parts of the country were present and the key panel member were made up of the respective Staff and student voices at UKZN. It was encouraging to note that the Disability Support Unit of UKZN is considered as a leader in the field of Disability Support in Higher Education. Once again, this indaba revealed that research is very important in the support sector and is no longer limited to the academic sector.

 

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