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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Disability driving expo

INNOVATIVE: The CPUT project team led by Professors Mugendi M’Rithaa (Department of Design) and Oscar Philander (Adaptronics/Engineering) which is busy building a car adapted for people with disabilities.

CPUT is using innovation to accomplish disability inclusivity with its Informatics and Design as well as Engineering faculties collaborating to build a car adapted for people with disabilities.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Innovative Disability Unit

CUTTING-EDGE: Lillian Fortuin from the Disability Unit shows off their new state-of-the-art portable Loop System

The Disability Unit is investing in the latest assistive technology.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A place in the sun

Mr Darrin Arendse, (left) VP: Human Capital PetroSA congratulates one of the academically deserving students who will receive a full bursary from the company.

In an historic collaboration between CPUT and PetroSA, fifteen academically-deserving students with a range of disabilities have been offered full bursaries and guaranteed work contracts on the successful completion of their studies.

HR staff member Lorraine Manekwana, formerly with the Disability Unit, with graduates at the 2011 spring ceremony.

The Disability Unit is partnering with PetroSA (formally known as The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Limited) to launch a bursary programme for deserving students.

Caption: ENABLING OTHERS: BeatriceKoopman, Short Course co-ordinator and Business for Good’sHuman Resource Director.

The Disability Unit, headed by Dr Nina Du Toit, is working in partnership with Business for Good, a non-profit training consultancy, to bring the first-of-its-kind short course aimed at addressing issues relating to the disabled.

His early struggles as a university student desperate to source funding for his studies have inspired CPUT Chairperson of Council, Mr Mbulelo Bikwani, to establish a fund for students in need, particularly students with disabilities. He has also pledged his Council stipend for this cause. The fund, which has thus far raised well over R250 000, was launched recently in Gugulethu at a Thanksgiving and Gratitude Ceremony to mark Mr Bikwani’s appointment as Chairman of CPUT ‘s Council.

CPUT Chairperson of Council, Mr Mbulelo Bikwani, (centre) in Gugulethu at a Thanksgiving and Gratitude Ceremony to mark his appointment as Council Chair and celebrate the launch of his bursary fund.

Dean of Students Cora Njoli-Motale (centre) and Dr Nina Du Toit (left, back row) with staff and students supporting last year's Disability Awareness event.

“People with disabilities shouldn't be defined solely by them – once we have knowledge and awareness regarding a particular disability, we don't see the disability anymore, we see the person.” As Disability Awareness Week continues at CPUT this week, Dr Nina Du Toit, Head of the Disability Unit, is calling on staff and students to get involved in the Unit's activities, which include a series of demonstrations, exhibitions and courses about disability.

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