Disability Services celebrated its 20th anniversary on 8 October.
Some of the successes it has enjoyed in the last two decades include the addition of the Disabled Bus, part of the Jammie Shuttle fleet, in 2005 and the construction of the disabled hoist in Jameson Hall in 2002. Other milestones were a major upgrade both of the space and the facilities of the computer lab and text conversion facility, the establishment of a dayhouse for students with disabilities, and the launch of a Disabled Students Movement.
Festivities in the Richard Luyt Room kicked off with the choral contributions of the Friends of the Blind Choir.
Disability course a great success
A record number of five disabled students graduated this year with a Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies from UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences.
The one-year course in disability studies is aimed at increasing the awareness of disability issues, especially in teaching, research and at a community-based level. On completing the course, students are able to apply their new knowledge and skills in development and research. The programme is targeted at a wide range of professionals, from managers in governance structures to disability activists.
The course has attracted occupational therapists and counselors, as well as parents of disabled children. One of this year's graduates, Mzolisi ka Toni, secretary general for the Disabled People of South Africa, says that the course has helped him with his organisation's policy and research work.
The course, which was launched in 2003, accepts from seven to 10 students annually.
(From left, bac) Dr Margie Booyens, A/Prof Harsha Kathard, A/Prof Theresa Lorenzo, A/Prof Jennifer Jelsma, Prof Kit Vaughan, Mzolisi ka Toni. (From left, front) Ndileka Portia Loyilane, Vic McKinney, Joshua Malinga, Nothandathu Gara