Living and coping with vision loss in South Africa

The 3rd of November marks the start of National Disability Rights Awareness Month.

In commemoration of National Disability Rights Awareness days, which is on 3 November, CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson speaks to Michelle Botha, visually impaired Master’s degree graduate from UCT about challenges individuals who are visually impaired face within our society.

Botha was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa when she was only 2 years.

Listen to the full conversation below:

She says there is a deep sense of loss that comes with being visually impaired. She says there is often an expectation from the public to portray a triumphant and concrete exterior.

Botha’s Masters research looked specifically at the challenges visually impaired women face in South Africa.


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