Accessible flat for disabled unveiled

24 May 2010

(From left) Dr Ian Mackintosh, Moonira Khan and Reinette PopplestoneCutting the ribbon: (From left) Dr Ian Mackintosh (director: Wellness Service and Disability Service), Moonira Khan (executive director, Department of Student Affairs) and Reinette Popplestone (manager: Disability Service) at the opening of the new flat.

The Disability Service's drive to make UCT buildings user-friendly to people with physical disabilities took a positive turn when the Service launched a revamped flat that will house UCT staff. The flat at Forest Hill residence will accommodate staff members who are resettling in Cape Town from elsewhere.

As part of the flat's makeover, everything inside - from door handles and light switches to stoves, cupboards and bathroom handles and grips - has been lowered or raised to suit occupants. Disability Service manager Reinette Popplestone said the launch was a symbol of all the work her unit has done in the last two years.

Among the achievements by the unit's Barrier-Free Access Project is the installation of accessible toilets, lifts, doors and card readers in many buildings.

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