Disabilities do not prevent you from living a fulfilling life or being independent. Calvin Mogajane, a visually impaired student at Tshwane University of Technology, launched his book titled “Strong Woman” which is set to be Mogajane’s best release to help shape and promote better awareness of living with disabilities.
The launch took place at the institution’s premises in Soshanguve. The book was published to celebrate women and focuses on the propagation of literacy among visually impaired people.
A majority of the attendees were disabled people who came to support the book launch. It is the third book by Mogajane to be launched, and what surprises people is that he is the first blind South African author to write a book that can be read by the sighted.
“I am very happy that finally one of my books is launched because my other two books were not launched; they were only published.”
“I want to write many books and be an award-winning author, and I am inspired by the fact that I come from a non-reading environment.
I would like to thank the people who came in numbers for this big day and i am also proud of myself, ” said Mogajane.
Living with a disability is not a barrier to employment, as disabled people have the same opportunities as other workers. As a result of realizing that reading improves focus, memory, empathy, and communication skills, he was inspired to write.
The feedback we have received regarding the book has been extremely positive. We met numerous individuals who shared the goal of openly approaching people with specific needs.
Edward Phala who is the chairperson of the Disability Student Organization (DSO), said it is much more difficult for blind people to enroll in institutions of higher learning.
“Today he made history in our institution by launching his book “Strong Woman”. It is a privilege for me to see one of the disabled doing such a thing in an institution,” added Phala.