Disability

​Call for NGOs to Include People With Disabilities

The Federation for Disability of Malawi (FEDOMA) has asked the country’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to include people with disabilities into their activities in order for them to have their representatives in each and every sector.

Becky Hola, who is the project assistant of the disability inclusive in the programming project which is under FEDOMA, says that most of NGOs fail to include disabled people in their activities.

Grants for Malawi Disability Oriented NGOs

United States of America (USA) Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, has awarded K59.5 million grants to nine organisations working with people with disabilities across Malawi through the Ambassador's HIV and AIDS Small Grants Fund.

Palmer says that the organisations are implementing programmes which help to promote access to health services, adding that the grants are given directly to beneficiaries in the communities.

NGO Criticises Govt’s Approach to Disability

The South African National Council for the Blind (SACB) says approximately 7.5 percent of South Africans are disabled and visual impairment is still the most prevalent disability.

Now a report titled ‘Left in the Dark’ has been released by SECTION27, a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect human rights, details the failure to provide access quality education to blind and partially sighted learners in South Africa.

Sector Urged to Incorporate the Disabled

Ufulu Wathu Community Based Organisation (CBO) and Action Aid, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have urged the Education Department in Phalombe, Malawi, to absorb disabled pupils into its various schools and not discriminate them because of their various physical challenges.

Ufulu Wathu programme coordinator, Symon Thipa, says the current situation is alarming as research reveals that over 23 schools around Traditional Authority Nkhulambe do not have disability friendly facilities.

NGO Gives Prosthetic Limbs to the Poor

Mobility 4 Life, a non-governmental organisation, is changing lives by giving prosthetic limbs to amputees from rural and poor areas.

The organisation estimates that there are 25 000 who cannot access prostheses because of issues such as long waiting lists at private or public hospitals where the services are usually provided.

It says with money collected from corporate social investment initiatives, the organisation hopes to assist more people who do not have the means to access even the most basic of primary healthcare.

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society: Soweto Manager

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society is a voluntary nonprofit, non-governmental organisation providing various services to persons affected bt mental disabilities (psychiatric and intellectual disabilities), and those experiencing life crises. Tshepong  Stimulation Centre is presently a day care facility for children with severe and profound intellectual disability.

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society seeks to appoint a Soweto Manager, based in Johannesburg.

Responsibilities:

Paarl Stimulation Centre: Financial Administrative Officer

The Paarl Stimulation Centre for disabled children provides stimulation and therapy for physically and mentally disabled children, in order to facilitate their care at home and in the community. The children largely are unable to afford private therapists. There is no other facility in or near Paarl available for children with these disabilities.

Paarl Stimulation Centre seeks to appoint a Financial Administrative Officer, based in Paarl, Western Cape.

Responsibilities:

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society: Stimulation Centre Manager

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society is a voluntary nonprofit, non-governmental organisation providing various services to persons affected bt mental disabilities (psychiatric and intellectual disabilities), and those experiencing life crises. Tshepong  Stimulation Centre is presently a day care facility for children with severe and profound intellectual disability.

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society seeks to appoint a Stimulation Centre Manager, based in Katlehong.

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Why Should Satire Romance the Disability Sector!

Dear Comedians,
 
I reflect on some comedy where you unashamedly ‘go to town’ literally poking fun at the disability sector and its limitations with particular reference to our sexuality. That your audience took no notice of your blatant insult to the disability community and instead exploded in roars of laughter exposes stereotypes that are permanently visited on people with disabilities, some of whom are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, etc. of able-bodied persons. Question is: how did we get to this point?
 

SAHRC to Assess Rights for Disabled and Elderly

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will this week undertake a five-day visit to KwaZulu-Natal to assess human rights issues with regards to the disabled and elderly.
 
The visit is also aimed at monitoring compliance of various institutions to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as the Older Persons Act.
 
The commission will also seek to raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities and older persons.
 

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