Fundisa. Teacher. Dirk lost his sight in his early 40’s. By the time he turned 50 he had started his own company supplying disability software, was teaching IT skills for Johannesburg City Council and shortly after secured a job at Wits University running the IT lab for students with additional mobility needs. Latterly he worked for KwaZuluNatal for the Blind and the Open Air School. He was much loved by his students, the vast majority of whom were from socio-economically disadvantaged communities, in addition to their disability challenges. His resilience and life story was an inspiration to many of them; his journey modelling that anything is possible, with grit.