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About the Service

Disability Service

The Disability Service is situated within the Office of Inclusivity and Change (OIC).

The Transformation Services Offices is located in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (OVC).

What is the Disability Service vision?

To establish a human rights culture at UCT with a special emphasis on disability. To act within the University structures, providing advice and support both in terms of harnessing mainstream capabilities for the accommodation of people with disabilities, as well as providing specialist services where mainstreaming is not possible. To provide academically deserving disabled people with the opportunity for a fair and equal educational and work experience. To be the sounding board, knowledge base and benchmark which deliver to the University the capacity to interact appropriately with students, staff, prospective students and visitors with disabilities.

The UCT Disability Service works towards the removal of any physical, policy, information and attitude barriers that might prevent students and staff from fulfilling their potential.

It advocates the policy of equal opportunities adopted by the university.

The university has developed a policy on disability. Consequently, the university Council adopted the UCT Disability Policy in March 2011.

Where is the Disability Service?

In the Steve Biko Students Union building, one floor above the Food Court, in the building next to the main Upper Campus Library, and one floor down from SHAWCO and the Student Societies offices. Access to the 4th floor is via the lift or stairs.

Disability Service Reception
Room 4.03, Level 4
Steve Biko Students Union Building, Upper Campus
Main Office Phone Number
Tel: 021 650 2427

Registering with the Disability Service: As soon as possible after registering at UCT come to the Disability Service to complete the registration form to request support or special assistance (also known as Reasonable Accommodations). Please bring any supporting documentation with you. You will then speak to a staff member to discuss your individual requirements. Disabled students not requiring assistance are also encouraged to register with the Disability Service so we can add your names to our distribution lists for social / advocacy events.

Who to speak to?
Manager Contact
Edwina Ghall
(021 650 5089)
General and Administrative enquiries
  • General enquiries & Registering with the Disability Service
  • Designated disabled parking
  • Dayhouse for students with disabilities
Pearl Tukwayo
(021 650 2427)
Access Solutions
  • Mobility training and specialized campus orientation
  • Accessible residential assistance
  • Access solutions to inaccessible venues
  • Fully accessible transport between Residences and lectures
  • Assistance at Graduation ceremonies
Edwina Ghall
(021 650 5089)
  • Advocacy and counselling on disability issues
  • Prospective Students, Orientation
  • Disability bursary applications
  • Advocacy events & Resource centre: literature relating to disability studies / disability research
  • Liason with SRC and Disabled Students Movement
Lesego Modutle
(021 650 5088)
Teaching and Learning Support
  • Access to study material in alternative formats (braille, audio, electronic text), to Assistive Technology and Assistive Furniture
  • Scribing & notetaker support
  • Student Volunteers Support Team
  • Disability Service Computer lab
  • Test and Exam Accommodations
Denise Oldham
(021 650 2737)
Learning Disability Support & Extra Time
You will first need to make an appointment at Reception for
  • Extra Time Applications
  • Accommodations around tests and exams
  • Counselling
Margie le Roux
Sign Language Interpreter
  • Sign language interpreting in lectures & at UCT events
Tshepiso Mokoena
Lizeka Madlolo