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Dispelling myths around disability


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?


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?


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


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


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


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.


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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Quadriplegic Paragliding (Impossible is Nothing)


There comes a time in everyone’s life where you find yourself thinking “is this all there is?” In July this year, I turned 40 years old. I have spent 24 years in a wheelchair, never daring to push the limits of my abilities but, rather, living according to the advice of others who, although meaning …..

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Lollipop Day 2013


Join us at Vangate Mall, Vanguard Drive Athlone on Saturday, 15 June 2013 from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm at the Spar/Ackermans Court, for a morning of fun and entertainment.  Donate just R3-00 and receive not only a lollipop, but also the chance of winning one of 23 fantastic prizes.The Bridgetown Theatre Group will present …..

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