I posted this rant on my Facebook Page but think it should also go here.
What’s up University of Cape Town, UCT Upper Campus? I’m a Second Year Humanities Student. I happen to also be in a wheelchair. While the University of Cape Town Disability Service is fantastic – truly, I cannot fault them – I’m getting increasingly irritated that my personal access to venues etc., as well as the access of my disabled friends is being impeded.
Yes, I understand that certain changes may take time to effect and that I cannot expect ‘all my problems to be solved with the snap of my fingers’ but I feel distressed that, because of no fault of my own, access to key buildings in my university career may well be denied to me for the remainder of my Degree.
The Beattie Lift, the only lift in the building in which the Humanities Faculty is housed, is constantly breaking down. More recently, the lift even broke down with me in it. I heard from the Disability Service a couple of days ago that the Beattie Lift is due for replacement but, due to circumstances out of their control, it will take 12-18 MONTHS FOR THE LIFT TO BE REPLACED.