Disability Studies

TEDI - Teacher Empowerment for Disability Inclusion

TEDIThe TEDI project (headed by the University of Cape Town in partnership with Christoffel-Blinden Mission) and co-funded by the European Union aims to empower teachers to provide quality education for learners with severe or profound sensory of intellectual impairments through training that is focused on inclusivity, diversity and addressing learners’ disability specific needs.

In doing this TEDI is developing short, face-to-face courses and accompanying online courses (MOOCs) for educators, focusing on the following areas: disability studies in education, the education and care of learners with severe to profound intellectual disabilities, teaching learners with visual impairment, and teaching learners who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

Find out more about TEDI's courses, including our MOOCs.

Find out more about TEDI's research.

Read more:

UCT’s 20th MOOC delivers inclusivity

Dire need for TEDI training to empower teachers


Email: tedi@uct.ac.za
Telephone: 021 650 2489
Address: Room 16 E48
Old Main Building
Groote Schuur
Cape Town

Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher

We at TEDI are very excited to announce the launch of our second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), titled “Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher”.

In this online course we explore how being Deaf impacts on children’s learning and development, and how educators can modify the learning environment and make accommodations to meet the needs of Deaf children, develop their resilience, and support them holistically.

While the course is open to anyone, it will be of particular relevance to educators (including classroom teachers, learning support teachers, teacher assistants, and principals) who are responsible for supporting the education of learners who are Deaf.

If you are interested in signing up for the course, or want to share it with others in your network, take a look at the brochure and visit Coursera.

Don't forget:

Once you have registered on Coursera, please complete our pre-course survey 

When you have finished the course, please complete our post-course survey


Participation in the course is free, but if you want a certificate Coursera charges $49.

However, you can apply for financial aid: Once you enrol in the course, click on the financial aid button and fill out an application form



Navigating D/deaf and Hard of Hearing Education: Empowering teachersFrom 25– 29 March 2019, 32 participants joined the TEDI Team at Belmont Square in Cape Town for the short course “Navigating D/deaf and Hard of Hearing Education: Empowering teachers.” Among the participants there was a principal, teachers of the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing, LSEN teachers, district officials, Deaf teaching assistants and education activists.

From the outset, the TEDI team consulted widely with all stakeholders involved in the education of D/deaf and Hard of Hearing learners in special, full service and mainstream school settings. In this way, the needs of learners in a variety of settings with a variety of communication methods were explored during the course.

Initial feedback from the course participants has been overwhelmingly favourable and it is clear that short courses such as this one are important in bridging an important gap in knowledge and skills of teachers and other education professionals. As this participant noted: "I enjoyed meeting and speaking with so many diverse, passionate and knowledgeable people. The content and heart behind it has given me new awareness and inspiration to become the best teacher possible. I was blown away by the revelations, and ideas from course participants and even myself - places in my own thought where I might have been part of the problem".

VI courseOur short course on Teaching learners with visual impairment (low vision and blindness) was held for the very first time from 1 – 5 October 2018 at the Health Sciences Faculty, University of Cape Town. The 5 days were filled with fun, experiential engagements and learning through use of panel discussions, and mind stimulating practical exercises. This space also promoted the building of new networks, new friendships and sharing of resources and knowledge from both facilitators and participants. It also opened the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own teaching as one noted “I feel equipped, empowered, rejuvenated and ready to implement and reflect on my teaching. A better person has emerged in me”. Hats off to all the teachers out there who are making a difference in the lives of learners with visual impairment.

Disability Studies in Education The piloting of our first two TEDI courses was a great success. Participants on the Disability Studies in Education course (16-20 July 2018) were enthusiastic, engaging and committed to upskilling themselves in order to provide quality education to learners with disabilities. The days were jam-packed with stimulating content, debate and conversation. One participant noted “The course was extremely informative, particularly putting into context where, when and how special needs education started, what has been achieved and where we are going to. A must for every person involved with special needs education”.


Education and Care of Learners with Severe to Profound Intellectual DisabilitiesThe Education and Care of Learners with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities short course (23-27 July 2018) took place at Reeds Country Lodge in Worcester. Participants were energetic, passionate and dedicated. Each day was filled with informative sessions, experiential learning, and fun and laughter. In designing posters, one group of participants wrote: “We strive to help our children to develop at their own pace to their full potential. We do it with LOVE and a lot of patience”.  A big thank you to all those involved for making these courses such a huge success.




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