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About the Service

Disability ServiceThe Disability Service provides advice and support to people with disabilities, as well as specialist services.

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

It's mission is to:

  • give academically deserving disabled people access to a fair and equal educational and work experience
  • interact appropriately with students, staff, prospective students and visitors with disabilities
  • remove any physical, policy, information and attitude barriers that might prevent students and staff from fulfilling their potential.

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: +27 (0)21 650 2427

Registering with the Disability Service

As soon as possible after registering at UCT come to the Disability Service offices to complete the registration form to request support or special assistance (also known as 'reasonable accommodations'). Please bring any supporting documentation with you. You can 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 your name can be added to our distribution lists for social and advocacy events.

Who to speak to?
Manager Contact
Edwina Ghall
+27 (0)21 650 5089
Edwina.Ghall@uct.ac.za
General and administrative enquiries
  • General enquiries and registering with the Disability Service
  • Designated disabled parking
  • Day-house for students with disabilities
Contact
Pearl Tukwayo
+27 (0)21 650 2427
Pearl.Tukwayo@uct.ac.za
Access solutions
  • Mobility training and specialised campus orientation
  • Accessible residential assistance
  • Access solutions to inaccessible venues
  • Fully accessible transport between residences and lectures
  • Assistance at graduation ceremonies
Contact
Edwina Ghall
+27 (0)21 650 5089
Edwina.Ghall@uct.ac.za
Advocacy
  • Advocacy and counselling on disability issues
  • Prospective students, orientation
  • Disability bursary applications
  • Advocacy events and the resource centre: literature relating to disability studies and research
  • Liaison with SRC and the Disabled Students Movement
Contact
Lesego Modutle
+27 (0)21 650 5088
Lesego.Modutle@uct.ac.za
Teaching and learning support
  • Access to study material in alternative formats (Braille, audio, electronic text)
  • Assistive technology and assistive furniture
  • Scribing and note-taker support
  • Student volunteers support team
  • Disability Service computer lab
  • Test and exam accommodations
Contact
Denise Oldham
+27 (0)21 650 2737
Denise.Oldham@uct.ac.za
Learning disability support and extra time
Make an appointment at reception for:
  • Extra-time applications
  • Accommodations around tests and exams
  • Counselling
Contact
Margie le Roux
Margie.leRoux@uct.ac.za
Sign language interpreter
  • Sign language interpreting in lectures and at UCT events
Contact
Tshepiso Mokoena
Lizeka Madlolo
pearl.tukwayo@uct.ac.za
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