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Disabilities in Africa Anthology of Writing

28 Mar 2021

What does it mean to be a disabled person in Africa today?How do people in Africa with a range of physical and psychological disabilities experience and express their unique sense of embodiment? The Disabilities in African Contexts Project invites creative submissions for an anthology of original voices around the theme “Alternative Explanations / Alternative Representationsof...

Entrepreneur invents wheelchair that climbs stairs

22 Mar 2021

By Samantha Malebana An invention by a 27-year-old innovator from Free State is promising accommodative mobility for South African wheelchair users. Ernest Mongezi Majenge, also known as ‘the wheelchair doctor’ has manufactured a wheelchair with grooves that enable it to be pulled up and down stairs. “The wheelchair works by gripping on to the stairs...

Social media has long way to go to improve accessibility for deaf people

17 Mar 2021

By Rachel Lerman San Francisco – Chrissy Marshall has spent hours and hours scrolling through TikTok videos, deliberately liking and commenting on videos from other deaf creators and clips with small text bubbles. The 21-year-old is trying to train the app to only show her videos with captions or that use American Sign Language. It’s...

Celebrating a century of inclusive education

15 Mar 2021

By Seema Johannes Seabela A KwaZulu-Natal public school has just celebrated 100 years of inclusive education for learners with special education needs (LSEN). Open Air School was founded on February 9, 1921 under a fig tree in Glenwood, Durban. Originally for learners with respiratory challenges such as tuberculosis, classes were held outdoors in the open...

Learner with special needs aces matric

15 Mar 2021

Simukele Ngema A 20-year-old learner from Meadowlands, Soweto with athetoid cerebral palsy got three distinctions in his 2020 matric results and is now considering furthering his studies as far as the United States. Katlego Legotlo was one of the best performers at Hope School in Randburg. His distinctions were in life orientation(LO), mathematical literacy and...

APPLICATIONS FOR THE SAB FOUNDATION’S 2021 SOCIAL INNOVATION AND DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT AWARDS ARE OPEN

26 Feb 2021

Applications for the 11th annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and 6th annual Disability Empowerment Awards are open for entry and eligible entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to apply. Through the awards, the SAB Foundation aims to empower innovative thinkers to develop products and services that help the country’s most vulnerable communities. Prizes range from between R200 000 and...

Daveyton artist keeps people with disability busy through art

25 Feb 2021

By Penelope Masilela The Daveyton resident is also part of the Imbumba Art room based at the Rhoo Hlatshwayo Community Art Centre in the area. Board member of Elethu Cheshire Home in Daveyton and artist Michael Maqungo is sharing his passion for art with the residents at the home. Michael draws alphabets and numbers, which...

DWDE HOSTS PROTECTIVE WORKSHOP MANAGERS FORUM SUMMIT IN CAPE TOWN

23 Feb 2021

Efforts to increase employment of people with disabilities are immensely important, but they need to include initiatives to improve the sustainability of Protective Workshops where thousands of Persons with Disabilities are involved in job creation, training and income generating projects. To accelerate the wheel of inclusion, it is vital that we ensure that “no one...

Transforming pineapple fibre into life-changing products – award-winning entrepreneur

22 Feb 2021

By Jackie Cameron Eastern Cape entrepreneur Candy Androliakos has developed a novel range of disposable sanitary products after she was asked by an elderly resident at the old age home where she works to come up with a cost-effective, dignified solution. Since then, she has expanded her range to children’s nappies and women’s sanitary solutions,...

Free dance classes for the disabled

17 Feb 2021

Danica Hansen The class welcomes people who are wheelchair users to join the weekly lessons, which kicked off on 16 February. The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation hosts Dance Movement, a project which offers hip hop and contemporary dance classes to people living disabilities. The class welcomes people who are wheelchair users to join the...

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