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UCT and partners develop test that diagnoses TB Meningitis within two hours

26 July 2018

The University of Cape Town, in partnership with Antrum Biotech, have developed a new rapid test that is able to diagnose TB meningitis – a major cause of death in Southern Africa – within two hours. The test is currently undergoing validation to enter the global market. Until now, diagnostic tests have not been as quick or...

Youth with Disabilities Resolve to Affirm their Identity

26 July 2018

The Youth Day Disability Awareness Event that was held at the busy Soshanguve Crossing Mall on Saturday, 16 June 2018 attracted a throng of young persons with disabilities together with their abled-bodied counterparts. The abiding objective of the event was for the youth disability sector to introspect and identify challenges that impede their active participation in social spaces...

Dismantling discrimination in the workplace

26 July 2018

The ground-breaking court judgment that held Imperial Holdings Limited and its CEO Mark Lamberti jointly and severally liable for impairing the dignity of Associated Motor Holdings financial manager Adila Chowan provides much needed hope for victims of discrimination in the workplace. The judgment highlights the challenges of eradicating systemic discrimination and inequalities in South Africa. The sad reality is that many victims of...

Summit connects disabled learners to potential employers

26 July 2018

Hundreds of disabled learners had the opportunity to meet corporates seeking to employ people with disabilities at the recent SABC Disability Summit. Hosted by the SABC Foundation, the summit aims to catalyse transformative change in the disability space by sharing lessons learnt, unpacking the latest B-BBEE legislative policies and their impact on businesses, identifying unique opportunities for collaboration...

Young, black and ‘disabled’ in corporate South Africa

26 July 2018

By Kgomotso Meso Professionals with disabilities are defying the odds stacked against them by challenging the status quo in the corporate sector, regarding the hurting and integration of people with disabilities in South Africa. People with disabilities no longer settle for limited learnerships and/or work readiness programmes, but rather they apply for positions that are aligned with their academic qualifications. The United...

AFRICA: Cadecom’s inclusive education programme working wonders in Phalombe

26 July 2018

The Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom), one of the Catholic Church’s development arm in Malawi, initiated an education programme aimed at integrating children with disabilities into public schools rather than getting them into their special institutions. Called ‘Inclusive Education’, the initiative is working wonders in Phalombe District where it is being practised in 21 schools which have special teachers...

Tax refunds for people with disabilities in the workplace

26 July 2018

ALEXANDRA – There is help for disabled people or parents of disabled children in claiming tax relief from SARS. People with disabilities are eligible to claim their tax according to a local non-government organisation Let Us Assist. This was evident with some of the testimonies from people who have benefited with the help from the organisation. “It is...

Quadriplegic man who defied doctors’ odds to paint a ‘can do’ picture

26 July 2018

Cape Town – This quadriplegic man says he wants to show people with disabilities that they shouldn’t feel limited by their conditions. Randall Wynkwart, 37, from Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain says for the upcoming Mandela Day next month, he plans to work in a restaurant as a waiter to raise awareness for the disabled. Randall, who is...

Thulamela mini library for the blind launched

26 July 2018

The blind and visually impaired in Thulamela in Limpopo who for years could not access information due to the lack of resources, were on cloud nine recently as a new mini library, specifically designed for them, was launched. The facility is part of the 28 new mini libraries for the blind launched countrywide. The launch is an initiative...

Children with ADHD: Bullied or bully?

26 July 2018

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are unlikely to go unnoticed in a school environment. It can quickly earn your child the “different”, “difficult” or “disruptive” label and attract the attention of bullies. ADHD can inhibit your child’s understanding of social cues, which can have a negative impact on everyday conversations and social interactions. The exclusion from social...

Breaking down the Stigma Associated with Disabilities

26 July 2018

In previous years, the slow uptake of BEE policies has created a less than desirable result in our country’s transformation. Companies soon began to realise that policies were here to stay and today we see less resistance and more inclusion. Beyond implementation, many companies have today allowed these policies to form part of its ‘bigger picture’. “We always...

Adversity spurs on gifted DJ Lloyd Babedi

26 July 2018

Condemned to a life on crutches, Lloyd Babedi never wallowed in pity. The 31-year-old Alexandra DJ not only fo0year alone he donated more than 130 wheelchairs to destitute people living with disability. And this year the number already stands at 15 and his beneficiaries are from Pretoria and Alexandra. He plans to donate five more wheelchairs to others...

The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival 2018

26 July 2018

The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival is heading for its 12th celebration this year with Humanity as the central theme, runs from 1 – 18 August at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. The festival focuses on humanity, women and disability. The objective of the festival is to provide a space and a platform for grassroots communities, women from all walks...

Disablism – an extra burden for South Africa’s most vulnerable children

26 July 2018

Johannesburg, 27 June 2018: Dignity is a basic human right. A violation thereof cuts us at our human core. This should motivate us to protect the right to dignity of not only ourselves, but of every person. Yet, according to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in South Africa (NCPD), protecting the dignity of South...

‘Black, queer, disabled and brilliant’: Activist hopes to make history in space

26 July 2018

Eddie Ndopu wasn’t expected to live past 5 years old. Now, the 27-year-old South African hopes to be the first person with a disability to travel to space. Eddie Ndopu describes himself as “black, queer, disabled and brilliant.” “I embody all of the identities that position me at a disadvantage in society,” he told NBC News....

Social Worker with no arms crowdfunds for her independence

26 July 2018

Tinyiko Gwambe (22) originally from Tshilamba, a small town in Limpopo was born with no arms. From a young age she was determined not be held back by her disability and saw her challenges as an opportunity to push herself further and to live her life to the fullest as God intended. “I had to learn early on not play the...

Vodacom launches SMS Emergency Service for the Deaf

26 July 2018

Vodacom has announced the launch of the SMS Emergency Service for Deaf, hearing and speech impaired customers in South Africa. The Vodacom 082 112 SMS Emergency Service is free and provided for Vodacom Prepaid, Contract and Top Up customers who are Deaf, hearing and speech impaired. The new Vodacom 082 112 SMS Emergency Service now provides Deaf and...

“Communication makes me fly high”

26 July 2018

Just because I cannot speak does not mean I do not have anything to say. I am a person who uses a communication device to have my say after losing my voice when I fell sick at a young age. At the age of 11 years, almost every child dreams of having fun and playing every day. Illness...

Blind student proves nothing is impossible as she graduates from UKZN

26 July 2018

Durban – A blind student has proven that not even disability can stop one from succeeding in life. Ntombizodwa Chiya graduated with an Honours in Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday. “Most people who are blind, don’t consider themselves on the same level as able-bodied people. This thinking must stop. We are capable of...

Lofob activist obtains PhD

26 July 2018

Growing up in Grassy Park and being an activist for the League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob), Dr Armand Bam is well suited to his role as the current executive director of the organisation. Bam recently obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town. From a young age he constantly questioned his role in bettering...

Working with persons with schizophrenia and their families

26 July 2018

National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with YANA (You are Not Alone) SCHIZOPHRENIA can be a deeply distressing condition, both for persons with schizophrenia and for their families and other loved-ones. However, an entity in Pretoria is doing great work with persons with schizophrenia, working with them and their families to understand the condition and...

The need-to-know about ADHD medication abuse

26 July 2018

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) stimulants are prescribed by medical professionals to improve concentration, memory and motivation to complete tasks. Without treatment, ADHD symptoms (inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity) can have an adverse impact on one’s social interactions and functioning in the school and work environment. When taken as prescribed, ADHD stimulants are safe and effective. With an accurate diagnosis...

World Haemophilia Day : 17 April

26 July 2018

Replacement therapy at young age can avert disability among patients By Dr Naresh Gupta Once considered as a ‘royal’ disease because of its association with the family of Queen Victoria, haemophilia is a blood disorder which mostly affects men. The clotting factors are either very low or completely absent in people with haemophilia (PwH). People...

TESTIMONIALS

26 July 2018

Mpho Ndebele: The disability sector will be poorer, we lost a champion that was not hesitant to speak out and stand out for the cause of all disabilities even for us parents and our children. We will miss that smile that lighten and brighten the room and that strong walk when you entered the room. We thank God,...

Farewell Mpho Pauline Ndebele

26 July 2018

SEPTEMBER 1977- MAY 2018 STATEMENT ON THE PASSING AWAY OF THE ADA DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMMES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Director of Programmes and International Relations, Ms. Mpho Pauline Ndebele. Mpho passed away on Wednesday, 17th May 2018. The Chief Executive Officer of ADA...

Demystifying albinism through art and social work

12 April 2018

People with albinism have it rough in Africa, to say the least. There have been instances of kidnappings, maiming, and murder. Such incidents keep on happening because illiterate people believe that an albino’s organs hold magical powers that will be useful in witchcraft potions. What is Albinism and how is it seen in Africa? Albinism is a congenital...

Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit 2018 Takes up the call to ‘be the legacy’

12 April 2018

Johannesburg – The clarion call has been sounded and the time is now! More than 100 youth leaders from at least 30 countries will converge in South Africa for what promises to be one of the biggest meetings of young minds to ever come together on the African continent. The 2nd Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit was...

AT Info Mapping Project takes off!

12 April 2018

In an effort to redress the information gap on Assistive Technology (AT) in Southern Africa, an Assistive Technology Information Mapping Project (AT-Info-Map), which is being implemented by SAFOD (The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled) in partnership with the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and Dimagi has started off. This innovative project is...

ARTIST’S PROFILE

12 April 2018

Jason Wilsher Mills is a UK based disabled artist that has recently had his augmented reality sculpture Brave Boy Billy exhibited in London’s Tate Modern gallery, here fellow disabled artist Scott Michael asks him some questions for Thisability Newspaper. Hi Jason, how long have you been a practicing artist and what are your highlights? I graduated in 1992 from...

Lend children with disabilities a hand

12 April 2018

When President Cyril Ramaphosa presented his first State of the Nation address in Parliament on February 16, he called up the memory of the recently deceased music legend Hugh Masekela and invited South Africans to “lend a hand”. Social media was alive with requests for the president to #SendMe, in response to this moving call. Unfortunately, children with...

6 Million Steps in the fight against childhood cancer

12 April 2018

The incredible journey of a determined South African to make a difference Peter Dunn is embarking on a backbreaking journey to raise awareness and funds for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA in the fight against childhood cancer. The hike will take a gruelling six million steps to complete over a five-month period in which Peter will test his...

Lilly to support people with diabetes fasting during Ramadan

11 April 2018

Educational Conversation Maps supported by Lilly help medical professionals to guide their patients on how to avoid potential complications with diabetes As the holy month of Ramadan draws closer, it is estimated that there are 148 million Muslims with diabetes across the world, of whom over 116 million may fast during Ramadan¹, which starts this year on 17 May...

#WeCareWednesday: Educating SA about autism

11 April 2018

Johannesburg – Autism South Africa (A;SA) in collaboration with the Autism Project is encouraging South Africans to expand their knowledge about autism through the Hands on Autism Modules 3 & 4. “We bring you a five-day, intensive HOA 3&4 hosted in three provinces during 2018,” Autism South Africa said. “HOA 3&4 are geared towards all interested in Autism...

SIX CHALLENGES that impede entrepreneurs with disabilities in South Africa

11 April 2018

By: Eugine Tafadzwa Maziriri South Africa needs to do more to support people living with disabilities who want to run their own businesses. At present it is hard for them to make a living. Helping them would benefit the broader economy too. Individuals with disabilities make up 15% of the South African population and it’s estimated that 8...

World Down Syndrome Day

11 April 2018

What I bring to my community In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly designated 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day.  In adopting the resolution, the UN General Assembly called for “all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the...

Entries open for SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2

11 April 2018

The 8th Annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and 3rd annual Disability Empowerment Awards are now open for entry and eligible entrepreneurs and businesses are encouraged to enter. The awards carry total prize money of up to R10 million with a first prize of up to R1.3 million. The Social Innovation Awards are aimed at innovators, social...

Poor living conditions and unemployment strongly linked to depression – UCT study reveals

11 April 2018

Individuals living in more deprived neighbourhoods in South Africa experience more depressive symptoms than their counterparts in wealthier neighbourhoods. This is according to a recent University of Cape Town (UCT) study published in the journal, BMC Psychiatry. The study, The Association between Neighbourhood Level Deprivation and Depression: evidence from the South African National Income Dynamics Study, found that...

Harambee Buses Accommodate the disabled community

11 April 2018

People with disabilities are introduced to the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network The City of Ekurhuleni introduced people with disabilities to the new Harambee bus infrastructure on March 7. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality spokesperson Themba Gadebe said comfortability, safety and reliability are what characterises the BRT buses and the dedicated routes on the 1st phase of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport...

World Bipolar Day: March 30

11 April 2018

Up the awareness, reduce the stigma – you can make a difference A few years ago, the Sunday Times conducted a special investigation on the state of mental health in South Africa. What the investigation revealed was that around one third of all South Africans have a mental illness and up to 75% of them will not get...

IT’S TIME FOR THE “BLUE AND YOU” AUTISM RUN/WALK!

11 April 2018

Show your support for Autism Awareness by walking the walk and not just talking the talk, on Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 8am. The 5km walk / run and 10 km run will be taking place along the beachfront promenade, beginning at Natal Mounted Rifles on the corner of Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and Isaaih Tshangase Road. Autism, or Autism...

Decade of the Deaf

11 April 2018

When eDeaf was established in 2007 the goal from both Nazreen Captieux-Bhana and Jesse Kotze was clear – How can we help Deaf people to Empower themselves? By Employing and Empowering the Deaf community through training and education, could we make a real difference and assist with employment that integrates the Deaf community into the...

Farewell to a great mind

14 March 2018

When Professor Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease aged 21, doctors gave him just three years to live. He defied these odds to become one of the worlds leading physicists. His book Á brief History of Time’ Sold over 10 million copies and he inspired untold millions with his courage and sense of...

Interface KZN

2 March 2018

“Everyone deserves to have a voice” Interface KZN is a Non Profit and Public Benefit Organization. The organization has grown considerably over the past 20 years. Our core function is to support and assist children and adults who have little or no functional speech due to disability or disease by providing Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC). We...

Disabled actors to challenge perceptions in Lesotho

2 March 2018

10 February 2018 – Actors with Down’s syndrome are travelling to southern Africa to help encourage more opportunities for people with disabilities. The four performers will leave their training base in Cardiff on Saturday and fl y to Lesotho for two weeks. Organisers will work with communities in the country of two million people, encircled by South Africa....

Schools benefi t from Doober App developers

2 March 2018

In an eff ort to connect property owners with semi-skilled and vetted workmen, a mobile app called Doober has been created with the intention of creating jobs for unemployed people with basic skills such as painting, paving, plastering, tiling, gardening and carpentry. The app developers recently donated R100 000 to four schools and homes as an outreach to...

Epilepsy Etiquette

2 March 2018

What is epilepsy? According to ESA, the condition is neurological and is more common than many realise. Approximately one in 100 South African has epilepsy, which can affect anyone at any age. Seizures are caused by abnormal chemical activity in the brain, but with the help of medication, people with epilepsy can lead normal lives. The condition is...

The deaths of 144 mentally ill patients and South Africa’s constitutional democracy

2 March 2018

Since colonial times black South Africans have been accustomed to cruelty, neglect and indifference on the part of successive governments. The apartheid government reduced these brutalities to a fine art form, resulting in the system being declared a crime against humanity. Regrettably, despite its ideological break from the apartheid past, the post-1994 democratic government has also demonstrated a level of cruelty, neglect and indifference that have been alarming. There are...

Defying the limitations od Disability

2 March 2018

Cornelius Gudo (18) stands tall as he narrates his ordeal on how he was electrocuted by a naked electric cable at the tender age of nine and consequently lost some toes and his left arm, which had to be amputated following the unfortunate incident. The student at Jairos Jiri at one time thought he would never live to fulfil his dreams...

PROFILE: She Lost Both Hands to a Bomb Blast, Today She Is a Global Icon!

2 March 2018

Today, Dr Malvika Iyer, apart from being a bomb blast survivor, is also a social worker, a PhD scholar, an international motivational speaker, a disability rights activist and a Global Shaper under the World Economic Forum. On May 26, 2002, a 13-year-old Malvika decided to fix her torn pair of jeans by sticking the edge with glue. In search of...

Why Mental Health Should be Given a Priority in Africa?

2 March 2018

The issue of mental health has been long neglected in Africa. Due to the existing issues such as poverty, child mortality, infectious diseases, and conflicts in the continent, political leaders and development organizations fail to notice the importance of it. Nonetheless, mental health issues are increasingly gaining more attention due to the rise in the...

Microsoft collaborates with Be My Eyes to offer tech support to the blind

2 March 2018

The Be My Eyes app was released over three years ago as a form of assistance for the blind and low vision community of people. With the help of live video connections, company representatives and sighted volunteers aim to help these people solve day-to-day tasks like cooking, finding lost items, and more. In recent months, the app...

Meet the Tshwane Community Builder of 2018

2 March 2018

The inaugural Tshwane City Awards, presented by Ding Dong Media, were held on the 23rd of February at the State Theatre were Pretorians in music, acting, sports, education and other fields were celebrated for redefining excellency within the city. Dr George Senosha was honoured as the Community Builder of the Year for his tireless efforts having contributed immensely...

Call to corporates to change disability employment stats

20 February 2018

Beth Cook, CEO of Progression and disability equity solutions specialist, says this presents a conundrum for corporate South Africa when adhering to employment equity requirements. WHILE most of last year’s matriculants are finalising their futures at institutions of higher learning or securing employment, only a handful of people with disabilities will be doing the same – because only...

Call to corporates to change disability employment stats

20 February 2018

Beth Cook, CEO of Progression and disability equity solutions specialist, says this presents a conundrum for corporate South Africa when adhering to employment equity requirements. WHILE most of last year’s matriculants are finalising their futures at institutions of higher learning or securing employment, only a handful of people with disabilities will be doing the same – because only...

PROFILE Enabling Support services for persons with Disabilities

20 February 2018

EDWINA Makgamatha knows first-hand the struggles and shame of not being able to access services because of a disability. This is why she decided to start a business that helps those like her to easily receive medical supplies like catheters in the comfort of their homes with her business Thusanang Enabling Support Services. She co-runs the business with...

Challenges of mental Illness

20 February 2018

By Thuthula Sodumo When Mihlali Jojo’s father passed away in 2013 when she was only 19 years old, she thought that was the end of her life too. She was despondent and suicidal. “I was diagnosed with depression after my father’s death. I was hospitalised, then some psychiatric tests were done. They came back and it turned...

FROM SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR TO INSPIRED ARTIST: FINDING MEANING THROUGH ART

20 February 2018

Entrepreneurship is one of the most noble, yet challenging career paths, one that is not necessarily suited to everyone. When you have been a successful entrepreneur with an impressive track record in venture capital, property development, and investment industries, letting go is perhaps the most difficult thing to do. Joerg Duske, a retired businessman, who is now a...

5 Ideas to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities in Africa

20 February 2018

According to UN statistics, an estimated 80 million people with a disability live in Africa. Disability in Africa is caused by many factors, including malnutrition, disease, birth defects, poor prenatal care and general health care, civil war and conflict and accidents (primarily road accidents). According to a World Health Organization source, disability is more common among adults who are...

Clothes2Good ‘Bag-it -4-Madiba’ supported by Media24

20 February 2018

‘Clothes to Good’ and Media 24 embarked on a ‘Bag-it – 4-Madiba’ project. The aim was to empower people with disabilities and sustain the project past the 67 minutes on Mandela day. A spirited group of people from the Association of People with Disabilities Kopano (APD Kopano – Bloemfontein) were trained and they produced 1000 pencil cases. You...

Headaches can lead to absenteeism from work

20 February 2018

A study found that migraine and tension-type headaches are among the most common causes of lost work time. In a developing economy such as South Africa a healthy work force is vital for future growth. It is therefore not only necessary, but vital to identify causes of absenteeism amongst working-age adults. A study found that not only are...

OMASA to Host Low Vision Conference

20 February 2018

The Orientation and Mobility Organisation of South Africa (OMASA) is presenting a not to be missed LOW VISION CONFERENCE, 19 – 21 FEBRUARY 2018, for ALL professionals working in the field of low vision, persons affected by low vision, their families and other interested parties and will be held at Padre Pio, 25 Kort Street, RietValleiRand (25◦51’11.10” S 28◦16’13.06”...

Op-Ed: Under siege – the need to protect social grants in South Africa

20 February 2018

The drafters of the Constitution were aware that there would be competing claims for delivery of equally pressing socio-economic rights after apartheid. They were anxious that the competing nature of these claims be debated in a transparent manner. These are very necessary debates in a country in which wealth is accumulating as rapidly as poverty is deepening. By HOPOLANG...

THRIVING AGAINST ALL ODDS

20 February 2018

“When you are in my condition there is no room for self-pity. You just have to live life to the fullest and to the best of your ability,” these are the words of double amputee Bazibi Osupile of Marapong village 70 kilometres west of Francistown. 68-year-old Bazibi, who lost his legs to cancer ten years ago, has...

OPINION: The abilities of those with disabilities

20 February 2018

“Recently, I returned from Japan, attending a course on Capacity Development of Leaders with Disabilities for UNCRPD (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) Implementation from September 28 to November 8, 2017. We were a group of eight, from different cultures of different countries, yet sharing similar lifestyles of the fact that we are persons with...

ReelAbilities festival to include work on online dating for the blind

20 February 2018

“We need to be allowed to run into things and fall if we have to. It teaches us, and it teaches society as well.” So says Nefertiti Matos in “Blind Date,” a documentary by a fi lmmaker from Houston that follows three blind New Yorkers as they face challenges the digital age brings in their search for love....

Timion – A Helping hand for Bay’s kids with disabilities

20 February 2018

WHAT started off as a small project in a couple’s backyard is now a well-established non-profit organisation, which has helped hundreds of disabled children in Nelson Mandela Bay and Uitenhage by manufacturing and distributing high-quality handmade wooden disability equipment free of charge to families from impoverished backgrounds. Timion was started in November 2006 by Swiss orthoptist Daniel...

Indian Scientists Identify Gene Cluster that Causes Learning Disability

20 February 2018

New Delhi (Sputnik): According to a research paper published by EBioMedicine journal, Indian scientists led by Subrata Sinha and Nandini Chatterjee Singh of the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) have chanced upon a strong correlation between certain variations in the gene cluster called protocadherin gamma and dyslexia after studying three generations of a multi-incident family in the western state...

At last, some hope for injured workers

20 February 2018

Compensation Fund starts to work properly again By Pete Lewis Attempts to fix the bottleneck of claims to the Worker’s Compensation Fund are finally showing results, with pension pay-outs for permanently disabled cases more than doubling in three years. The Fund pays compensation and medical bills for workers who are injured or contract diseases due to their work....

Cell C donates Wheelchairs to Forest Town

20 February 2018

A request for four motorized wheelchairs and an eye gaze system by Forest Town School was made possible as a handover recently took place at the school! This handover was done by Cell C that rallied a fundraiser together with a non-profit organisation, Angel Network, to fulfi l the needs of the school. Angel Network contacted the...

Legacy of Exclusion: Disability & Education in South Africa

20 February 2018

More than half a million children with disabilities of school-going age in South Africa cannot access any form of education, according to Human Rights Watch. Health-e News Service’s latest documentary, Legacy of Exclusion, investigates access to education for disabled children in South Africa and reveals the devastating impact a lack of access can have on both disabled youth and their parents. Education is...

Observing the Louise Braille Program

20 February 2018

In the month of January, blind people all over the world hold programs to honour Louis Braille through whom information access is now possible. The fourth of January marks the observance of World Braille Day. The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) – a faith based socio-welfare and educational organisation which for the last 42...

A man with an unbreakable spirit

8 November 2017

By Thabiso Molopo David Nhlapo, who is paraplegic, saw a need to start an NGO, Victorious David Foundation so he can inspire those who have lost hope on daily basis anywhere in the country.The forever smiling man will be launching the foundation later this year. “Victorious David Foundation will focus more on improving the lives...

UCT hosts international congress to highlight child and adolescent mental health and autism in Africa

8 November 2017

The University of Cape Town’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry hosted the first ever International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) on African soil – in conjunction with the 19th Congress of the South African Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SA-ACAPAP). The congress, which took place in early September 2017 at...

Genes Day for Down syndrome

8 November 2017

THEME: SOCIAL COHESION- “your fit is unique” A clarion call goes out to all to support the National Day dedicated to Down syndrome Awareness. On Friday, 20th October our country is asked to show solidarity with persons born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome (DS) is the most common occurring chromosomal condition caused by an extra...

Appreciate your bones on World Osteoporosis Day

8 November 2017

On 20 October, the globe will celebrate World Osteoporosis Day and calls on everyone to love their bones and protect their future. Affecting nearly 33% of women and 25% of men, Osteoporosis is an underdiagnosed and undertreated silent disease. Being the only non-profit, voluntary health organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in South Africa,...

Shared Spaces must be safe

8 November 2017

October 15 marked the White Cane Safety Day, a day to raise public awareness about safety and independence for persons with blindness and partial sight. The white cane is the most common mobility aid used by blind and partially sighted people in the world. It is recognized worldwide as a symbol of freedom, independence, and...

Beauty has no boundaries: First Miss Wheelchair World breaks down barriers for disabled women

8 November 2017

The world’s first Miss Wheelchair World was held in Poland recently. Aleksandra Chichikova was crowned the first ever Miss Wheelchair World. “Fight your anxiety and your fears,” said Aleksandra, a 23-year-old psychology student, after clinching the title. Lebohang Monyatsi from South Africa was runner-up ahead of Poland’s Adrianna Zawadzinska. The competition, organised by a Polish...

SAFOD trains UNCRPD Monitoring

8 November 2017

16 October 2017, Johannesburg – The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) had a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Monitoring and Reporting training session which was attended by 8 of its affiliate federations from South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. The workshop was also...

Inequalities in Access to Genetic Testing Services for Inherited Retinal Disease highlighted by Global Patient Group on World Sight Day

8 November 2017

On World Sight Day, October 12th 2017, Retina International together with its 43 member organisations and interested groups sent a RED ALERT to health policy makers, calling on them to provide access to and reimbursement of Genetic Testing Services for Inherited Retinal Disease (IRDs) and Rare Eye Disease (REDs). IRDs and REDs must be considered...

Picture Perfect

8 November 2017

A chance meeting with a photographer who encourage her to do a photoshoot has opened doors for a Durban based model. She was recently the face of the Durban Fashion Fair. Regina-Mary Ndlovu from THISABILITY Newspaper caught up with her recently. Tell us about yourself and how you got into modelling? My name is Nontobeko...

Miss SA speaks about her experience with depression

8 November 2017

By Claire Keeton | Oct 10, 2017 Medical doctor Ade van Heerden will not only represent South Africa at the Miss World competition next month‚ she hopes to put a psychiatric hospital on the Cape Flats on the map. The Miss South Africa 2017 runner-up spoke at Lentegeur hospital in Mitchells Plain recently where various...

Marc Brew dancing against all odds

8 November 2017

Confined to a wheelchair, noted Australian dancer and choreographer Marc Brew performs all around the world to show that everyone can dance with or without a disability. Before going back to the United States, dancer Marc Brew gave dance lessons to teenagers during a workshop on Sunday afternoon at Teater Jakarta in the Taman Ismail...

SAB FOUNDATION SOCIAL INNOVATION AND DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT AWARDS 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

8 November 2017

R1.3-million awarded to first place winner The 24 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2017 were announced in Johannesburg on Monday evening, 23 October 2017. The SAB Foundation has awarded over R9 million to these incredible small businesses. Disability Empowerment Award Winners GreenABLE and Brownies& Downies were announced joint first...

World Mental Health Celebrations

8 November 2017

10 October 2017 – World Mental Health day was commemorated by social workers from the Phoenix office of the Durban and Coastal Mental Health. The day started with placards demonstration outside the Starwood Psychiatric Clinic (Department of Social Development building) with mental health care users, their family members and staff of the clinic. This initiative...

Black people don’t get ADHD

8 November 2017

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects all ages and sectors of the population equally, say experts in the field – and myths and misconceptions to the contrary are a barrier to diagnosis. Diagnostic biases in the US show almost 12% diagnosis in white children, while only 6-8% for Latino and African American children respectively. And...

The Western Cape takes double gold at the National Nkosi Albert Luthuli Young Historians’ Awards

8 November 2017

Dayyaan Edries, a Grade 10 learner from Vista Nova High School and his teacher Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana, won the National Young Historians’ Award which was held at the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria from 29th September to 2nd October 2017. Sixty four Grade 8 – 11 Social Sciences/ History learners and twelve teachers from...

Mental Illness an Increasingly Unbearable Burden for South African Economy

8 November 2017

The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health calls for investment into mental healthcare the World Mental health Day. IN anticipation of World Mental health Day (WMHD) on 10 October 2017, the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental health hosted a roundtable discussion on Economy, Equality & Access to Mental Health Services at...

Park Inn by Radisson Newlands teaches sign language during #Signtember

8 November 2017

September is the international month for the deaf with International Week of the Deaf observed annually during the last week of September, culminating with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of the week. To assist in increasing awareness about the deaf community, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands continued its successful...

SATMA Nominee advocates for albinism

4 September 2017

Andile Ngcobo aka Dj MC Pholobas got a nod from the Zulu King and the first lady, Mrs Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma when he launched Masiqoqane Albinism Foundation in September 2016. King Zwelithini sent his son, Prince Mbonisi Zulu, to represent the Royal House – adding weight to the advocacy aspirations of the young visionary. Prince Mbonisi...

A take on Xenophobia

4 September 2017

Story by Vanda Joubert Touched by the unthinkable acts of xenophobia happening in South Africa, various dance groups have reached out to each other with the intention of breaking the borders between their countries, to connect and look at the future together. The collaboration, Breaking Boarders, starts with the question, “Who am I as an...

Restoring Dignity for Girl Learners

4 September 2017

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) staff under the leadership of Honourable Speaker Thandi Ruth Modise, who is the Chairperson of NCOP, contributed towards donating 200 sanitary towels to sixty girls at Dominican School for the Deaf in Wittebome on Mandela Day. This project was coordinated by Miss Bandisiwe Cabangana-Mnyanda, an NCOP official in partnership...

Understanding Deafblindness

4 September 2017

Deafblindness is a combination of visual and hearing impairment (dual sensory disability) in a person resulting in difficulty to access communication and information as well as mobility challenges. This causes barriers for social inclusion and to participate in community activities. Persons who are Deafblind often cannot utilize services available to persons with disabilities. Residential facilities...

Demystifying Disability

4 September 2017

As an inspirational speaker, author and workshop facilitator Lois speaks openly about the reality of being blind and inspires her audience to see their own lives in a different way, allowing them to reach beyond their challenges to success. Through her combination of practical techniques and entertaining and compelling storytelling, Lois’s audiences will: Gain deeper...

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL

4 September 2017

The gift of empowering blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disable persons in South Africa This submission is made to endorse the written submission made on 30 June 2017 focusing particularly on Section 19D, exceptions and limitations for blind, visually impaired and other persons with print disability. The presentation concentrates on the impact of not...

Students with disabilities disadvantaged at higher education level

4 September 2017

By Marelise van der Merwe It has been widely reported that at school level, children with disabilities face serious barriers to accessing education. But at tertiary level the picture isn’t much better, with 80% of potential students with disabilities not attending a tertiary institution. It may be time to get a lot more creative in...

Disability Etiquette

4 September 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo Many people are not familiar with disability and this makes it hard for them to relate and interact with people with disabilities. Disability is not a one size fits all. Some disabilities are not visible – such as mental disabilities. It is an individual issue so when assisting someone you must always...

“I care about this centre”

4 September 2017

By Thabiso Molopo Gogo Emma Mbokane runs Zenzeleni Stimulation Centre in Siyabuswa B, Mpumalanga where they take care and teach 38 persons with disability from Monday to Friday. The centre, which Gogo started alone in 1997 at her house has 3 rooms at the moment; one for office use, the other for classes and the...

When disability makes you stronger

4 September 2017

By Sihle Khumalo “Never let your disability hold you back from achieving your goals” This is the view of Michael Proctor-Packer, who, on June 12, 1983, went to his part-time job at a Middelburg butchery in Mpumalanga to make some pocket money. Around 8am, he slipped and his right hand entered a mechanical mincing machine...

Quick meals for you!

4 September 2017

By Thabiso Molopo Access A Meal is a quick meal that was created by Guy Crankshaw to make sure that persons with disability who miss their meals will at least have something to eat on a daily basis. Guy, who himself is an amputee says he realised that many persons with disabilities who live independently...

Digital Media Training for blind students

4 September 2017

The KwaZulu Natal Blind and Deaf Society (KZNBDS) recently had twenty of their members undertake a digital media training course at their head office in Durban. The digital training is an initiative from Media24 under the platform called WeCan24 – a mobile based digital school and youth news network developed by Media24 helping youth to...

Dynamic role models speak out

12 July 2017

By Regina-Mary Ndlovu The three personalities featured here all have albinism and are breaking the silence of the struggles that persons with albinism are facing in our society- by raising awareness and campaigning to stop discrimination and the killing of persons with albinism. Based in Johannesburg and Pretoria, these stars share their stories, determination and...

Disability and Dating

12 July 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo It seems like every time someone asks me about dating they are not expecting me to say “Yes I am dating”. It shocks them every time and without tact from their side they will always ask, ”But how do you have sex?…What does your family say? Are they happy about it?? These questions go on...

TETA empowers Rivoni school for the blind in Limpopo

12 July 2017

The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) sponsored Rivoni School for the Blind in Njhaka-Njhaka Village, in Limpopo Province, with a braille embosser machine. The recent official handover ceremony became a demonstration of talent, bravery and brilliance of the learners with their performances of gumboots dance, and traditional and classical choral music received by the audience with boisterous applause....

Able mothering for mothers with disability

12 July 2017

By Kgomotso Meso “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” Those words would bring joy to any woman whose hopes for raising a family had looked slim. Motherhood is one of the most selfless joys that God grant to women. However, it can be a Catch-22 for women with a disability in a society that still sees “disability” as taboo. Against the...

Making lemonade out of the lemons of adversity

12 July 2017

By Thabiso Molopo SKS Business Solutions is a construction company that offers services in civil works and access control. Based in Khanda Industrial Park, Roodepoort, the company employs 28 permanent staff and 50 casuals in three locations – Rustenburg in North West, Amersfoort in Mpumalanga and Roodepoort, Gauteng. The power behind SKS is founder and director, Siphiwe Zwane, who is...

App to assist in the fight against cancer

12 July 2017

Can you imagine if those fighting cancer could use their cell phones to help beat the disease? The possibility is closer than you think, but your help is needed to make it a reality. Cancer fighters could soon be armed with medically supported tools and content to help increase their survival rate, now that the prototype for...

OPINION: Being an invisible employee in the work place

12 July 2017

By Mncedisi Mdunyelwa During the past two decades, the situation of professionals with disabilities has changed. We have expanded our career aspirations. As blind people, for example, we are no longer confined to basket making, switchboard operating, music or law. We have seen the integration of people with visual impairment into different fields, such as social work, physiotherapy, education,...

eDEAF celebrates a decade of changing lives

12 July 2017

June 2017 marks a decade of success for eDEAF, a proudly Deaf led organisation that off ers training courses and learnership programs to empower Deaf communities for business. Established in 2007 by Nazereen Captieux-Bhana (a profoundly Deaf community role model) and Jesse Kotze (a hearing member of one of South Africa’s largest Deaf families), eDEAF made South African history...

Vega students beat the clock in design competition

12 July 2017

To bring out the best in budding design geniuses, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) gave Vega students 12 hours to design its new logo in a Design Jam. The 77-year-old Council changed its name from the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa last year but a new name,...

Celebration at the crown gospel awards

12 July 2017

The Carnival City in Johannesburg recently hosted the Crown Gospel Blestival to commemorate 10 years of the Crown Gospel Awards. A variety of gospel acts praised and worshipped in a showcase that debuted the gospel theatrical play, Maria. One of the headlining acts was Sgwili Zuma, a gospel artist with albinism. THISABILITY met up with him for a recap...

SAB foundation offering assistance to the job market

11 July 2017

The SAB Foundation has formed a partnership with HeePD (Hub Employment Ecosystems for People with Disabilities), with a contribution of R2 100 000. Launched in February 2017, HeePD seeks to benefi t people with disabilities by creating a Hub ecosystem that provides employment, enterprise and innovation, including job prospects and placements for corporate partners. “HeePD came in to...

Wings for life world run raises millions for spinal injury research

11 May 2017

Centurion, 7 May 2017 – Thousands of South Africans took part in the fourth Wings for Life World Run in Pretoria contributing to over R100 million (€6.8 million) raised to help find a cure for spinal cord injury. A global movement uniting over 155,000 runners (25 organised locations and 86 app run locations) this year,...

Life after a spinal cord injury

11 May 2017

“Life after a spinal cord injury is like relearning, reliving and restarting your mind, body and soul. It is a road filled with tears, despondency, anger, regret and willpower. Everything changes; it’s not the fact that you are doing things sitting down or that it takes ten times the effort than before. Everything takes time. The...

Tsogo Sun Duke of Ed­inburgh Cup supports ECD

11 May 2017

Charity is at the he­art of the prestigious Tsogo Sun Duke of Edi­nburgh Cup golf tour­nament, representing the South African leg of the Duke of Ed­inburgh Cup, which is played annually in 10 countries with the global aim to enc­ourage sportsmanship. This year, in honour of the Cup, Tsogo Sun will be sponsoring the installation of...

Fit is the New It

11 May 2017

Fit is the New It is a fundraising event for Deaf women who are beneficiaries of the Deaf Women Economic Emancipation Program (DWEEP) which was launched in 2014 by the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation. The main objective of the Women Economic Emancipation Program is to empower unemployed Deaf women and young women who aspire to become...

South Africa ranked one of Africa’s top entrepreneurial nations

11 May 2017

South Africa has been named one of sub-Saharan Africa’s entrepreneurial frontrunners, after a global report placed the country in second place, after African counterpart Botswana. According to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership Report, researched and produced by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) – a research organisation that...

Barkzz Foundation on #DonateAWheelchair Road trip

11 May 2017

By focusing on assisting individuals with disabilities not affiliated to organisations, Barkzz Foundation is using the #DonateAwheelchair to sensitize communities on access challenges. The campaign is a countrywide effort by founder, Lloyd Barkzz Babedi, who is using multimedia channels to get wheelchair donations to hand over to anyone in need. With the assistance of Nissan South Africa,...

Extensive social grants failing to end malnutrition – researchers say

11 May 2017

South Africa’s social protection system has expanded dramatically since 1994. Almost one-third of South Africans, and more than half of all households in some provinces, now receive at least one social grant from the state. The largest of these social assistance schemes is the Child Support Grant (CSG), which reachesmore than 11 million children –...

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017

11 May 2017

More than 2,300 delegates from 77 countries packed into the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017. More than 155 internationally renowned experts presented at the annual event on a wide range of issues affecting women’s healthcare globally. The cutting edge scientific programme, which featured...

This One Group in Society Is Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

11 May 2017

We can easily picture how our lives are going to be affected by climate change: Extreme bouts of heat, rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters are just some of the challenges we will face. Now imagine you’re disabled. If you’re able-bodied, that thought has probably never crossed your mind. The National Council...

Should adults with ADHD have caffeine?

11 May 2017

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed stimulant. It provides an increase in mental focus (we like to believe) – like the cup of coffee before work for a boost of alertness or to fight fatigue during the day. Caffeine affects everyone differently and conditions like ADHD may interact with caffeine. While the right amount of caffeine...

Mental Healthcare Integration Is Possible

11 May 2017

In the wake of the Life Esidimeni tragedy that saw more than 100 mentally ill patients lose their lives, World Health Day on 7 April 2017 was significant for the South African mental healthcare community with the year’s theme focussing on depression. The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of people living with...

Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo

11 May 2017

The sixth annual occurrence of the popular Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo took place at Hope School, Westcliff, Johannesburg, on 19 & 20 April 2017. A joint venture by Hope School and Mandeville Disability Swimming, the annual event’s focus is to help launch youngsters with disabilities into careers that are right for them [in jobs, learnerships...

UberASSIST pilots in CT for those with special access needs

11 May 2017

Accessibility should be available for all; everyone should have ways and means to navigate around their own city, but when one has special needs, getting from A to B can be far more challenging. That’s why Uber has launched a new pilot in Cape Town called uberASSIST. uberASSIST is a new option that caters for...

End Violence Against Children – Run Or Walk At The Zoo And Join The Global Movement

11 May 2017

World Vision South Africa will be hosting its first ever It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children 5.5km Run/Walk at the Johannesburg Zoo on Saturday, 13 May 2017. Starting at 7:30am, the run or walk is open to the entire family, with all proceeds going towards the protection of vulnerable children across the country – entry fees...

Class of 2017: Reflections

11 May 2017

Thuthula Sodumo “I have always thought I knew everything there is about disability. I thought I was the strongest person I know but after the 27th April 2017, I am forever changed and more than convinced that life is made of little miracles that visit us at certain points in our lives and usually these...

Department of Justice launches National Dialogue to address Gender-based and Sexual Violence in South Africa

11 May 2017

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports the launch of an integrated and comprehensive National Dialogue by the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development with key stakeholders in an effort to address Gender-Based and Sexual Violence in the country. The development comes after a roundtable discussion held on the 1 March 2017,...

A step in the right direction

11 May 2017

Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MID) has taken a step towards inclusivity in the arts by creating a specialised contemporary dance programme annually in their studios in Newtown, Johannesburg running from October to December. The programme aims to bridge the gap between able bodied people and persons with disabilities who have a passion for dancing. The programme...

Media24 and THISABILITY Build Future Skills Together

11 May 2017

The Media24-THISABILITY Newspaper Skills Programme is in its second year running. The aim is to attract different voices from across South Africa, equip the voices with basic journalism skills from media trainers, Frayintermedia. The project, kindly sponsored by Media24, is managed by Lizeka Mda, a media practitioner with vast experience spanning over 30 years. Each year,...

Shock at the death of 94 mental health patients

27 February 2017

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is shocked and horrified at the death of 94 mental health patients in Gauteng and calls for immediate action to protect persons with mental disabilities under South African and international law. The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is shocked and...

Savings in mental health care costs lives

24 February 2017

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry. Attention has been focused on the horrific treatment of mentally ill patients after the closure of...

#OperationRehab offers hope to 1,000 disabled South Africans

24 February 2017

In South Africa, a company’s CSR initiative is offering hope to thousands of people living with disabilities. According to a Statistics South Africa report based on the last census, over 2.8 million people have some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled. The first beneficiary of #OperationRehab has returned to South Africa with...

Anti-malaria pesticides causing congenital disabilities

23 February 2017

Research by the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) has discovered that conventional methods for controlling malaria (DDT and other common insecticides) leads to endocrine disruption, which means that it interferes with hormones in the human body. Worldwide, the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, of DDT is controversial. “DDT is known to potentially cause health...