The government has launched Disability Rights Awareness Month which runs from 3 November to 3 December 2019. It intends to pay specific attention to the economic well-being of people with disabilities. This month will focus on the access to education, life skills, skills development and training to be a priority for the next five years.
Nkoana-Mashabane said: “This will be supported by targeted measures to ensure early development screening of all children for developmental delays and disability, with concurrent individualised early intervention services for children with disabilities,”
Disability Rights Awareness Month is aimed at raising awareness of the harmful effects stigmatisation, prejudice and stereotypes have on the disability sector. The campaign also aims to celebrate individuals who have overcome prejudice, societal barriers, and show what is possible even if you have a disability.
The following sub-themes are intended to focus conversations on priority areas identified by the disability sector, which also link to the seven priorities of government:
Week One: Children and young people with disabilities empowered to chart their own destiny through access to quality lifelong learning
Week Two: A built environment accessible to all persons with disabilities
Week Three: Persons with disabilities as equal players in building inclusive economies
Week Four: Children and women with disabilities – feeling and being safe as equal citizens in their communities
Deputy Minister emphasised the need to make sure that responses to the daily struggle of people with disabilities find expression at the district level, through President Ramaphosa’s Khawuleza District Development Model.