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Disability segregation still exists

18/01/2019

As I write this piece, South Africans are hotly discussing and debating the incident at the primary school in Schweiser-Reneke, where an allegedly racist school teacher circulated a photograph of her new Grade 1 class on social media.  Unfortunately, the photograph clearly shows white and black children sitting at separate tables.  Before the day was …..

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Women with disabilities and 16 Days Campaign

29/11/2018

We have just entered the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign here in South Africa, and disturbing to note is the absence of any mention of women and children with disabilities, both as victims and survivors of abuse which leads to disability. This campaign is held every year for …..

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Barriers to Inclusion

22/10/2018

An inclusive society embraces the diversity of all people irrespective or race, gender, disability or any other difference.  It’s about eliminating discrimination, ensuring respect and equal opportunities for all. Placing a value on all people, no matter what.   Despite the efforts of NPOs that work with and for persons with disabilities who work very …..

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How can I be an #EverydayHero?

03/09/2018

September is an exciting month in disability circles as Casual Day, the largest fundraising campaign for persons with disabilities is held annually on the first Friday in September.  The year’s theme is “Be an Everyday Hero!” But what does that really mean?   It’s natural to see someone with an impairment, and then imagine their …..

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Girls with disabilities. Period.

30/07/2018

There are currently many initiatives dominating social media platforms which deal with the challenge facing girls in impoverished communities who remain out of school due to a lack of adequate feminine protection products.  This has long been a need and is something that the authorities should have addressed even before the distribution of free condoms, …..

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What can I do this Mandela Day?

18/06/2018

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela   As I sit down to write this blog, the hype around Mandela Day is just beginning. Companies …..

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Disturbing reality of SA youth with disabilities

31/05/2018

We are leaving May behind us and going into June.  While the only relation between these 2 months is that they lie next to each other on our calendar, or both fall in autumn, I realised that we celebrate Workers Day and Youth Day during these 2 months.  I marvel at the irony that these …..

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Live performances : What about people with sensory impairments?

11/04/2018

The annual Suidoosterfees is almost upon us here in Cape Town, a celebration of Cape culture and heritage through world class theatre.  This is a time when Capetonians of all cultures, religions and races gather together to experience the performing arts, be it dance, drama or song, which displays, explains, questions and showcases the unique …..

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“We also want an education!”

20/03/2018

At this, the beginning of the school year, news broadcasts on both radio and television are filled with reports of children either going to “big school” for the first time and all the excitement and emotions that go along with such an important step in a child’s life, or the dire situation facing South Africa’s …..

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Segregation continues for people with disabilities

20/03/2018

The media has been full of reports around the controversial State expropriation of land and potential “land grabs” which are likely to follow.  Our thoughts naturally return to the past that was at the root of this situation – the Implementation of the Group Areas Act (“GAA”).  The Act divided residential areas along racial and …..

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