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Preventing abuse among children with communication disabilities

In order to allow for persons with cognitive and communication disabilities, and particularly those with complex communication needs (CCN) to access the justice system in the event of being victims of crime or abuse, researchers at...

Sensitizing the South African Police Service (SAPS) to the challenges faced by persons with CCN

“It is more likely that persons with disabilities will come into contact with the criminal justice system than members of the general public. This could be as a victim, a witness, a defendant or being suspected of a crime,"...

How universal design principles can help persons with disabilities in court

Research by the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria have made access to justice for persons with complex communication needs (CCN) possible through using principles of universal design.

Giving a voice to persons with disabilities

Researchers at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) are working to stop the abuse of the human rights of persons with disabilities. The researchers want to help victims with Complex Communication Needs

A way out of the dark world of drugs

When you are unsure if you will survive the week, finding relief in heroin is worth the risks of overdose and arrest. Described by one user as “lying in the arms of your mother and lover at the same time,” heroin is often used as a result of exclusion...

Drug intervention that works and makes you feel human again

COSUP’s intervention and assessment process is based on extensive research conducted both locally and internationally, combined with clinical expertise from the team of UP experts. Its approach is based on a foundation of non-judgemental engagement and...

The successes of COSUP

There is a strong sense of achievement and positivity as you walk through the corridors of Sediba Hope Community Clinic in Bosman street, Tshwane. Interacting with people involved in COSUP makes one realise that most of these young people have not had...

If you want to get rid of drugs in Tshwane stop trying to get rid of drugs

Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in harmful drug use in the city of Tshwane. Doctors, clinical associates and social workers from the University of Pretoria (UP) realised that there is a major shortage of...

UP does everything it can to kill one of the biggest killers in South Africa

Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people every year than HIV/AIDS or any other single infectious agent. This statistic seems criminal considering that if the disease is diagnosed and treated timeously, most patients can be cured. Diagnosis and treatment...

Be part of the Cape Town Hypothesis Test

The smallest floral kingdom in the world is a rather big deal – and it is only found in South Africa. Fynbos, the natural hard-leafed shrubland vegetation located in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces, makes up 80% of plant species in...

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