The Unit strives to be the first choice in providing efficient support services forstudents with disabilities. 


The unit aims to provide appropriate support services to empower students with disabilities on campus through assistive technology, training & development – encouraging independence and active participation in the academic and co-curricular activities.  


  • To advocate inclusivity and integration of students with disabilities without any discrimination.
  • To facilitate provision of reasonable accommodations to enhance access for success of students with disabilities. 
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Universal Accesibility and Disability services (UADS), located within the Student Life and Development, aims to assist students and staff with disabilities by:

  •  Establishing reasonable accommodations and support systems;
  •  Increasing awareness about and advocating for persons with disability;
  •  Increasing awareness of the abilities of persons with disabilities amongst staff and students, thus providing persons with disability with an equal opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of student/staff life at NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY.

Nelson Mandela University promotes equality of opportunity and aims to prevent discrimination wherever possible,UADS being an important part of this ethos. We not only exist to support students and staff but we also have an important role in advising on policy development and take an active role in committees and forums aiming to embed disability accessibility in everything we do. We encourage all students and staff with disabilities/special needs to disclose their disabilities and reasonable accommodations on their application form for admission and at registration or as a need occurs. This disclosure will not affect your application and will only enable us to plan and prepare for your arrival and support. If we do not know that you need support, we cannot arrange it. You may discuss your support needs at any time during your study/employment career, even if you feel that you do not want any support. You may visit us to discuss your needs with us.


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