UFH Disability Unit and EC Disability Trust Empowers Students to obtain Drivers Licenses
An initiative by the Eastern Cape Disability Economic Empowerment Trust (ECDEET) to assist disabled people with getting their drivers licenses has benefitted two students from the UFH Disability Unit (DU).
Visually impaired Ms Pumlisa Lusiba is currently enrolled for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education while Mr Simbongile Qabaka, who has a physical disability, is a 3rd year BSc - Human Settlements student. Both obtained their driver’s licenses on 24 June.
According to Nosicelo Buwa, a UFH Bachelor of Social Work graduate who works as a student assistant at the Disability Unit, nine students have benefitted from the programme since it was introduced two years.
“So far, out of the nine, four students have completed and obtained their driver’s licenses through this programme.”
The assistance provided by the ECDEET to students includes:
- Learner driver license guides;
- Driving lessons, and
- Test bookings
The DU’s Sam Van Musschenbroek said the ECDEET initiative is a clear demonstration of the organisation’s dedication towards promotion of inclusivity.
“It is proof that nothing that can stop people living with disabilities from achieving their goals. This achievement further capacitates UFH students to qualify for job opportunities that require a driver’s license.”