Disability Service celebrates new lab

24 October 2007 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

Happy moments: Reinette Popplestone and guests at the opening of the improved Disability Service facilities.

The Disability Service has launched an improved computer lab, which will be more user-friendly and accessible to all students with disabilities.

The newly renovated lab is more spacious than the original office space (formerly known as TCATS) that had been a working home to UCT's blind and partially sighted students and their support staff and volunteers. Now transformed into a new, modern open-plan space with wide doors and passages, the lab is fully accessible for students using wheelchairs to enter and allows them to move around freely.

The Disability Service is also expecting a rise in the number of students next year and needs more capacity, says manager Reinette Popplestone.

"We started in a small and modest way and have expanded over the years," says Popplestone.

At the launch, Popplestone also thanked volunteer students who, she said, have done a great job using their skills, time and abilities to support those with disabilities.

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