UFH Disability Unit Strives for Inclusivity on Campus
Today, 3 December, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to observe it internally, the University of Fort Hare’s Disability Unit (DU) reflected on its achievements during 2019 and shared some of its plans for the year ahead.
Currently, 90 students with disabilities are enrolled at our university - 51 at the Alice campus and 39 in East London. Their disabilities range from physical to neurological and chronic.
According to Mr Sam Musschenbroek (DU Coordinator), the objective of the Disability Unit is to “remove barriers and create an enabling environment for students with disabilities”.
Musschenbroek is proud of the team’s achievements during 2019 including the following:
- Several students were assisted to apply for disability grants, secure accommodation and apply for caregiver allowances.
- Eight students obtained Learner Driver licences and six are currently receiving driving lesson
- Annual Half-Tiger drive - where students and staff are encouraged to donate R5
- Other fundraising projects which raised R 60 000 to purchase assistive devices
- Three outreach programmes at schools located in disadvantaged communities
- Three computer labs fitted with specialized equipment on all three campuses.
The DU is committed to promoting an inclusive work and study environment for all.