The Disability Service and the Disabled Students' Movement of UCT in collaboration with ARTSCAPE and the British Council hosted the Look at Me Exhibition during August 2009. The exhibition features photographs by Lucie Pavlovich. Look at Me celebrates the lives and courage of South African women with disabilities and was held at the Centre for African Studies Gallery at UCT.
The photographs are also contained in a book with the same title compiled by Marlene Le Roux.
The aim of the exhibition was to create awareness around disability and sexuality both on campus and within the community.
A number of lively discussions were held during this period and people attending the discussions were able to ask questions in a safe, unthreatening manner around general disability issues as well any questions that they may have about the issue of disability and sexuality.
An opening of the exhibition was held on the 3 August 2009 and was attended by some of the ladies featured in the book as well as the Vice Chancellor, Dr Max Price and Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Professor Danie Vissier and Jo Beall.
Also present at the opening was Marlene Le Roux, compiler of the book. Marlene is also featured in the book as well as our very own Reinette Popplestone, Manager of the Disability Service.
Reinette Popplestone, Manager of the Disability Service
Michelle Botha, student and member of the Disabled Students Movement entertaining the guests
Disability Service staff with VC, Dr Max Price (front row, 4th from the left) Executive Director, Student Affairs, Ms Muniera Khan (front row, 6th from the left) and Director of Student Wellness & Disability Service, Dr Ian Mackintosh, (back row, 2nd left) and Marlene Roux, compiler of the book (front row, 1st left).
Reinette Popplestone (2nd left) and Marlene Le Roux (3rd left) with some of the other ladies featured in the book
Disabled sports evening
The disability Service in collaboration with League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) and the UCT Sports Department held a Disabled Sports Evening on the 7 May 2009. The aim of the evening was to place emphasis on disabled sports and to expose both disabled and non- disabled staff and students to some of the some of the sports played by people with disabilities. The aim of the evening was also to create awareness around disability issues on campus.
Staff and students were challenged to try their hand at wheelchair rugby and goal ball (a game played by blind individuals). The UCT first rugby team were challenged to get into wheelchairs and play against the 2 wheelchair rugby teams present. We all know who won the games!
Members of the audience were blind-folded and joined in with the goal ball team from LOFOB to a very interesting and exciting game of goal ball.
Members of the UCT First Team (Rugby)
Members of the UCT first team thinking "It's not as easy as I thought"
UCT first team and the wheelchair rugby team in battle
The UCT first team,the wheelchair rugby teams and Disability Service staff
A game of Goal Ball played by the Goal Ball team and members of the audience
A game of Goal Ball
Staff that attended included DVC's Professor Crain Soudien and Professor Danie Vissier. Members of the SRC also attended the event.