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SUPPORTING
DISABLED
STUDENTS
UCT students with disabilities
expressed gratitude for the way
they’ve been assisted with tailormade support, such as Braille
readers and South African Sign
Language interpreters, made
possible by generous donations.
The FirstRand Foundation granted
funding in excess of R11 million to
UCT’s Disability Service, enabling
the appointment of Sign Language
interpreters, note takers, technical
aids, bursaries and improved
transport for students with
disabilities.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for
Transformation Professor Loretta
Feris said disability is often “the
forgotten part of transformation in
our society”, emphasising that this
should change.
the Disability Service staff had been
“amazing” and her bursary helped
immensely.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
dictation software helped a PhD
student with handwriting difficulties,
while a low-vision mechanical
engineering student used a
Transformer HD magnifier to
help with his technical drawings.
ASSISTING STUDENTS
The support offered by the Disability
Service is multifaceted.
Psychology student Jamie Adams,
who lost her right leg in 2013, said
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