Disability Awareness Day: ‘Since lockdown, it’s been difficult for persons with disabilities’
The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation along with members of the Mogale City Local Municipality paid the West Rand Association for the Physically Disabled a visit to get them active.
There is a reason why society today speaks of ‘differently abled persons’ rather than ‘disabled people’.
In the end, people with physical or mental deviations are and should be part of regular society. But unfortunately, as Annalene Rossouw, Director of the West Rand Association for the Physically Disabled (WRAPD) explained, “There’s a total of 606 052 people with disabilities in the West Rand (as per a 2011 census) and those with severe disabilities are often not schooled and don’t have a tertiary qualification. For them there exists many barriers of access and participation in society. For example, there’s no public transport for them, and that makes it more difficult for them to find and get to work,” further explaining that persons with a disability either get denied transport on a taxi or are charged a higher fee. With a maximum R1 890 per month disability grant, it’s difficult for them to get around.
For these reasons, the WRAPD tries to get their members involved in as much as possible.
On Friday, December 3 the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation and municipal workers paid a visit to the centre to bring their members a day of fun and activities. Throughout the day, everyone played various team and individual sports to practice their coordination and work on their fitness.
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Disability awareness network seeks legal ‘allies’
An initiative to promote awareness and understanding of disability within the legal sector was launched on Friday (3 December) to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The disAbility Legal Network also aims to promote and develop accessibility within the legal sector, and to give its members the opportunity to make connections and build professional networks.
The group has called on employers and representative bodies in the legal sector to become an ‘ally’, in order to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities within the legal sector.
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Disabled customer sent gift voucher 18 months after being refused service
07-Dec-2021 By Rebecca Weller
A pub in Liverpool has sent a customer a £20 voucher and letter of apology 18 months after staff accused her of being drunk having failed to recognise her disability.
Australia Must Prioritise People With Disabilities in COVID-19 Aid Response: Report
Half of all people who contract and die from COVID-19 globally are people with a disability, according to a sobering new report that calls on Australia to urgently prioritise disability inclusion in its development and pandemic aid response across the Asia-Pacific region.
The report by international development organisation CBM Australia and the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) — which involved thorough consultations with disability groups worldwide — concluded that people with disabilities will be further isolated as countries emerge from the pandemic unless global COVID-19 r
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