Tackling prejudice

If we want to improve equality and freedom, we need to do something differently. It could all start with addressing our prejudices and (mis)perceptions. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which has been signed by South Africa and is part of international law, is...

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Exploring the capital and coast of Portugal

From patisseries and historical monuments in Lisbon to accessible beaches in the Algarve, Portugal is a great accessible holiday destination My recent globe-trotting has taken me to Portugal, as some members of my family have a holiday home in the Algarve. One can fly from most European hubs directly to...

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When you have a disability

Before you are disabled, You are first a man or a woman; You may be intellectual or may be illiterate; You may be independent or live on social security; You may be a breadwinner or dependent on family; You will worry about what you will eat the next day When...

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Intimacy vs intercourse

Because of their biological design, most men regard the physical act of sexual intercourse as very important, while most women prioritise intimacy over the physical side When discussing sexuality, the first thing that comes to mind is often the physical act of intercourse. There is, however, much more to it,...

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The medical aid imperative

Some companies don’t offer their employees medical aid as an added benefit; however, it could go a long way to benefiting employees with disabilities – especially as medical aid funds become less affordable Many employers offer wellness programmes and resources for their employees. These resources are meant to enhance the...

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2018 Sporting season coming to an end

Most of the sporting events for South African para athletes in 2018 have finished or are coming to an end as the festive season approaches. Here are some of the last highlights of the year. The season for a number of para sports is either finished or will be finishing...

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Why can’t that man walk?

It is important to know how to talk to children about disability. The first step is to speak positively about impairments. Children are curious and will often ask personal and difficult questions, especially when they see something new or interesting. As adults, the way we react to the child’s question...

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