Disability and Poverty Go Hand in Hand

Disability and poverty go hand in hand sadly. There are a few reasons for this. Disability and poverty come from job loss and lower income, as well as educational barriers.

Poverty limits access to much needed services such as healthcare and preventative services. Many employees who are disabled work in environments that effects their health directly.

Employees that have a disability usually experience poverty due to their disability. The poverty rate for working age people with disabilities is twice the amount higher than people who are able-bodied. These people experience at least one yearof extreme poverty in their lives. These people will experience hardships such as starvation, homelessness and poor medical assistance. This includes people who take care of family with disabilities.

People with disabilities are twice as likely to have little to no savings for emergencies. Around 70 percent have stated that they definitley do not have a rainy day savings account.

The poverty among people with disabilites is rarely discussed. It is time we start to acknowledge the need for independance and empowerment of these individuals as they are South African citizens who also have human rights.

The lack of transportation is also a big problem. Some of their places of work are miles away from their homes and this could mean catching two to three taxis every morning and back.

People with disabilities have very limited access to education. This lack of education is the reason behind Action for the Blind and Disabled Children’s motives. We see the difference that computer skills give to a disabled and blind person.

Finding a job as a person with a disability is extremely hard. The reason for this is ignorance and discrimination. This is the issue that needs to be addressed and by taking in a learner for on the job training, you are making a vast difference to the economy.

 For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za