Where to from here?

Heritage Month is an excellent time every year to reflect on our position in society, but how can we encourage even greater acceptance of people with disabilities? In the face of recent political developments, it would be naive not to give a thought to the future of people with disabilities...

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Onwards to a barrier-free society

Everyone needs to work together to eliminate the barriers that are preventing people with disabilities from fully participating in their community Whenever I’m confronted with the need to define disability or to justify my position in society as a person with a disability, I am faced with a dilemma. Do...

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Feeling Free?

South Africa celebrates Freedom Day each year, but we cannot be a free country if there’s no inclusion of all races, genders, ages and people with disabilities. South Africa’s calendar is peppered with days of commemoration. Religious holidays and days with political significance are usually celebrated in the form of...

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We’re all in this together

As the country celebrated Human Rights month, a large portion of society remained deeply concerned about the apparent disregard for their vulnerability This disregard was shown by the government department responsible for the only source of income and economic stability known to them, namely the social grant beneficiaries… By now...

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Tribute to a special friend

As we enter into a brand-new year, with changes happening all around us, it is helpful to reflect on the relationships built in the past, appreciate the moments shared and plot the way ahead. With all this in mind, I want to take a few moments to do just that...

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An ethical culture

QASA is not only an efficiently run organisation; it also puts human rights at the forefront of its activities. All organisations have ethical frameworks that influence the manner in which they operate. It is their way of how they go about their business. This way of doing things gets carried...

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Yes we can…

A BBC advert that promoted the 2016 Paralympics contained an inspiring message about the capabilities of all participating athletes. The stars of the Paralympics in Rio did not disappoint. All of us observers were wowed by superb performances by many talented athletes from all over the world and the South...

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Equal playing fields

Two events of national importance may seem very different, but there are similiarities The first is the municipal elections, which took place on August 3; and the other is the 2016 Rio Olympics, followed by the Paralympics. These events might not appear to have much in common, but they both...

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Better Together

We should look for opportunities and events that everyone can enjoy, despite their differences. At times I feel that because I am a person with a disability, there’s a distance between myself and the people around me. My first barrier usually is the hardware, my assistive devices, because it is...

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Let’s all be included

Equality before the law: it may sound simple but it’s a crucial feature of our democracy It is a sign of a sound government that there are rules in place that govern the way that the society functions. And for our young democracy it is a sure sign of maturity....

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