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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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Barriers to an Inclusive Society : Impairment vs Disability

02/08/2017

The concept of disability is widely misunderstood, resulting in the continuation of existing myths and stereotypes on disability in general.  In order to understand the concept of disability, one must first understand the difference between an impairment and a disability.   According to the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (WPRPD) which …..

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Quality of Life & Disability

15/05/2017

We are presently in a time of change in South Africa, with an influx of topical issues broadcast on news bulletins, social media and talk shows. One thinks of insufficient schools and crowded classrooms with insufficient space and resources to accommodate the vast numbers of small children requiring an education; the high cost of education, …..

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Dispelling myths around disability

21/11/2016

Disability Rights Awareness Month is held annually from 3 November, culminating on 3 December which is designated by the United Nations as the International Day for Disabled Persons. While awareness campaigns abound throughout the year, it is at this time that special attention is given to issues affecting persons with disabilities and their families. One …..

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Women’s Rights : Where are women with disabilities?

25/08/2016

In this Women’s month, much focus has been placed on the 60th anniversary of the women’s march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August 1956.  What a tremendous day it was all those years ago when 20 000 women stood up to the Government, protesting against the proposed pass laws!  Recent country-wide celebrations have …..

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The right to work – but how do we accommodate persons with disabilities?

02/06/2016

The tremendous gap that exists is in the training of human resource professionals around the recruitment and selection of persons with disabilities was highlighted during a recent meeting with a company in the manufacturing sector who wishes to proactively employ persons with disabilities. There is a tendency for such companies to approach us with the …..

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5 Ways to ensure safety of pedestrians with disabilities

06/04/2016

It is almost that time of year again… the run up to the Easter holidays, with large amounts of people travelling by road and the accompanying road accident injuries and fatalities. People with disabilities are often forgotten when it comes to road safety as they are sometimes not seen as road users. Well, they are! …..

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Leadership Has a New Face – The Disabled Entrepreneur

30/03/2015

Whether you were born disabled or, like me, suffered an accident which deprived you of your bodily function, you have probably had a moment where someone has doubted you. Maybe that person was you, yourself? We all have dreams. Some dreams are bigger than others but, for some reason, when a disability is thrown into …..

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Disabled Travel: Table Mountain, Cape Town

25/04/2014

As a child, my parents regularly came up with fun activities to do on a given Sunday,  seemingly at the drop of a hat.  It only made sense to me, therefore, to carry on in this grand tradition when deciding to do a blog on travel for disabled persons. Sadly, the lessons learned from 20 …..

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Empowered to empower… it’s what we do.

21/02/2014

As an individual, I am always on the lookout to improve upon the skill sets I have. Working for an organisation like APD necessarily implies knowing more about disability than merely that which I live with, namely mobility impairment. Working within the realm of social media, it is my responsibility to communicate daily with the …..

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