|New record: Five students graduated from the disability course this year. (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|
A record number of five disabled students graduated this year with a Masters in Philosophy in Disability Studies from UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences.
The postgraduate programme 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 counsellors, 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.
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