The effect of political change

India introduced new policies to make the country more accessible For people with disabilities. What will the current political changes in South Africa mean For South Africans with disabilities? Now is the perfect time to reflect. A political change of guard: is it for the good of a few or not so...

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And not a drop to drink…

As the water crisis deepens, people with disabilities can only hope that the City of Cape Town will make special arrangements for them at the “secured collection points”. Cape Town is flanked on both sides by the ocean. It is the Mother city; it has been a safe harbour and...

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Rugby – a game-changer

South Africa might have lost the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, but not all is lost… Rugby is a sport in which we, as a country, have achieved the highest accolades. We hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa a year after our first democratic...

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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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