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Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse

Abigail Mlotchwa DayhouseOne of the services offered to students with disabilities is the Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse.

Do they need a separate facility? Couldn't they use the bigger mainstream student Dayhouse? Of course they can, and are encouraged to do so.

Even so, sometimes it is nice to know there is a place where you can go to make yourself a coffee and warm up your lunch in a fully wheelchair accessible kitchenette. A place to put your books and other possessions in a locker so you don't have to carry them round all day, maybe do some work, watch a video, even lie down - just chill out in a space where it is okay for a short while to, if you like, just be disabled.

Of course you should rejoin the hustle and bustle, go to classes, go to the library, get involved in whatever university life has to offer. But when it all gets just a little too much, there is a space where you can duck out for just a little while, and interestingly enough, get to know other students with disabilities. Because contrary to what you might imagine, students with disabilities do not naturally seek each other out.

The new Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse for Disabled students was officially opened in the Steve Biko Students' Union Building on 24 May 2007.

Reinette Popplestone and Moonira Kahn Abigail Mlotchwa
New facility: The Abigail Mlotchwa Dayhouse for Disabled Students was officially opened by Reinette Popplestone (left), manager of Disability Service, and Moonira Kahn, executive director of Student Affairs. Abigail Mlotchwa

The dayhouse is named in memory of Abigail Mlotchwa, a disabled undergraduate humanities student who died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage over the Easter weekend in 2007. Mlotchwa was a student activist who lobbied for the formation of the dayhouse on campus.

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