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Competition showcases accessibility in tourism

2 Jan 2021

By Lebohang Monyatsi The winners of the Universal Accessibility Hub (UA Hub) photo and video competition were announced on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Karin Coetzee won the best photo competition while Russell Vollmer won for the best video. Coetzee’s photo was of...

COVID-19-related lockdown takes toll on young peoples’ mental health

14 Dec 2020

A new University of Cape Town (UCT) study into the emotional well-being of young people during the COVID-19-related lockdown in South Africa has revealed that majority are suffering from depression. In South Africa, more than seven million young people aged 18 to 35 already live in income poverty and close to 10 million are not...

United Kingdom Research and Innovation awards grant for a national DATAFREE survey on persons with disabilities in South Africa to understand the effects of COVID-19

11 Dec 2020

by Tim Hart and Nthabiseng Molongoana COVID-19 disability experience and human rights study In the wake of National Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa, we are pleased to announce that an international consortium of researchers and disability service providers is embarking on a national online DATAFREE survey to understand the socio-economic, wellbeing and human rights...

Black artists with disabilities call for greater inclusion in hip-hop

29 Oct 2020

Ebonique Little, Contributing Writer From an early age, artist with cerebral palsy Leroy Moore Jr. said he recognized the limited opportunities for people with disabilities. Now, he and a collective of 800 musicians, poets and visual artists are shifting the dialogue within hip-hop culture through Krip-Hop Nation. “I’ve been an activist since birth,” Moore said....

Mental Health – The Perfect Storm And The Role Of AI-Robots

20 Oct 2020

By Bernard Marr As well as the clear danger to physical health posed by COVID-19, there is a great deal of concern over the impact it is having on mental health. Many say 2020 has been the most stressful year ever. The fear of becoming ill, as well as the worry caused by uncertainty over...

Global Study: 82% of People Believe Robots Can Support Their Mental Health Better Than Humans

13 Oct 2020

 The COVID-19 pandemic has created the most stressful year in history and negatively affected the mental health of 78% of the global workforce 85% of people say their mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life 68% of people would prefer to talk to a robot over their manager about stress and anxiety at...

Group of DJs with disabilities amaze netizens with their amazing beats

3 Sep 2020

By Kelly Lippke – Winnie Daniel, a DJ, posted a video of herself and her colleagues seated next to a turntable as they hosted a lovely, virtual show – Their group moved netizens and had them digging into their pockets ready to make donations – The trio consisted of individuals with disabilities who had their...

Digital accessibility and why it matters

3 Sep 2020

By Tasneem Cassim “Accessibility” in the digital space means that digital platforms, like websites, mobile apps, social channels and PDFs, should be readable, operable and functional to all users – especially people with disabilities. It’s an issue that is rapidly gaining attention in many spheres, including social, economic and legal domains. Accessibility is part of...

People with disabilities should lead discussions about their rights and needs, especially during pandemic

3 Sep 2020

By LISA DEADERICK Advocacy organizations for people with disabilities discuss the need for equitable access to resources and centering their voices in the creation and implementation of best practices, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the beginning, organizations and individuals advocating for the rights of people with disabilities have been working to make sure the current...

Ekurhuleni businesswoman’s agility ensures survival

29 Aug 2020

By Simukele Ngema When South Africa went into lockdown level five in March, a businesswoman who operates from Boksburg, in anticipation that her construction business would struggle to survive, decided to branch into the supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Nomthandazo Mpande (42) is the managing director of Phoki Consulting, a company that deals in...

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