Disability Awareness in a Progressive World
Disability awareness in South Africa is good but it isn’t making the difference. We need to take Action. In a country with much diversity, we still see a lot of social stigma that excludes children and adults with disabilities. Children with disabilities are most likely to not complete schooling and adults with disabilities unemployed. South Africans need to focus on better education and jobs for all of its citizens, including those who are disabled. By doing so, there will be a higher economic growth in our rainbow nation.
In future, the amount of people with disabilities in South Africa will increase as age related and traffic accidents do too. We have a high disability rate due to environmental and health factors. Action for the blind and disabled is part of a movement that empowers people with disabilities through advanced computer skills and more.
We hope to see people with disabilities in South Africa progress in a growing world. As the world changes, so should our thinking. Integration into society through removing discrimination is key. Adults with disabilities need to be empowered with employable skills and the private sector needs to open their hearts and their doors to these citizens of South Africa.
According to the Human Rights Commisission:
“people with disabilities continue to lack access to adequate health and basic education, and are at risk of economic isolation with no prospect of securing employment”
In a country where we have overcome so much discrimination and have laws to protect our citizens, we are obligated to not overlook our people who have disabilities.