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Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse

Abigail Mlotchwa DayhouseOne of the services offered to students with disabilities is the Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse.

Do you need a separate facility? Couldn't you use the bigger mainstream student dayhouse? Of course you can, and are encouraged to do so.

Even so, sometimes it is nice to know there is a place where you can go to make yourself a coffee and warm up your lunch in a fully wheelchair accessible kitchenette. A place to put your books and other possessions in a locker so you don't have to carry them round all day, maybe do some work, watch a video, even lie down – chill out in a space where it is okay for a short while to just be yourself.

Of course you should rejoin the hustle and bustle, go to classes, go to the library, get involved in whatever university life has to offer. But when it all gets just a little too much, there is a space where you can duck out for just a little while, and get to know other students with disabilities.

The Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse for disabled students was officially opened in the Steve Biko Students' Union Building on 24 May 2007.

Reinette Popplestone and Moonira Kahn Abigail Mlotchwa
New facility: The Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse for Disabled Students was officially opened by Reinette Popplestone (left), manager of Disability Service, and Moonira Kahn, executive director of Student Affairs. Abigail Mlotchwa

The dayhouse is named in memory of Abigail Mlotchwa, a disabled undergraduate humanities student who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage in 2007. Mlotchwa was a student activist who lobbied for the formation of the dayhouse on campus.

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