SABC 360 Disabitilty

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The SABC Disability 360 Campaign aims to empower People with Disabilities by providing on-going disability related content on-air, online and on the ground (events) through SABC various platforms which will be providing the sector with information about job opportunities, training opportunities and pertinent disability content, in all 11 official languages.

This Campaign will allow maximum access to information by the Disability Sector in South Africa, thus ensuring that the SABC broadcasts not only compelling content but also content that empowers its audiences. The Disability 360 Campaign further aims at creating an online “community” where people with disabilities can go and engage and access any disability related Information.

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20
NOV
2019

#DISABILITY360 - Ms Sweetness Nsimbini Programme Manager: Transversal Programme

Access to RDP Housing by persons with disabilities
Living in an RDP house and being disabled is “hell”, complains Zingisani Mhlahlela. He is 30 years old and uses a wheelchair. He lives with his mother in an RDP area of Chris Hani in KwaNobuhle township, Uitenhage.

His RDP house is not adapted for his wheelchair and he struggles to get in and out of his home and also to use the toilet. “When nature calls, the wheelchair itself gets damaged,” he says.

Mthubanzi Mniki, spokesperson for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, said, “The priority of housing delivery is to give houses first to disabled and elderly [people]. The houses must be suitable for their needs, accessible and closer to amenities … Due to the pressure of the backlog, people end up occupying houses that are not that suitable to their needs.”

“Every door inside the house I must access by being lifted first.”
Temba Mzantsi, the secretary of Persons with Disabilities Forum in Nelson Mandela Bay, said the municipality should implement the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (approved by cabinet on 9 December 2015), the Disability Framework for Local Government, the Integrated National Disability Strategy, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“Those are the policies they should refer their heads of department to look at when they are to deliver any services,” said Mzantsi.

Provincial Human Settlements spokesperson Phiwokuhle Soga said, “The Housing Code has provision for variation of the subsidy to allow for the enhancement to the house in order to accommodate specific disabilities, eg a ramp, rails etc.”

But Mhlahlela, who is now in his third year as a marketing student at Eastcape Midlands College, says, “The policies regarding persons in the disability sector are stated in papers, but practically, we are completely excluded.”

He says he has yet to see an RDP house adapted for disability in his area. He knows of only one house, for a blind woman in Chetty, P
04
NOV
2019

#DISABILITY 360 - Mr Pringle Mhlabane Programme Manager: Rehabilitation and Disability Services

Issuing of assistive devices.

WHEELCHAIR / BUGGY AND WHEELCHAIR CUSHION POLICY

1. PREAMBLE

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes a wheelchair as “one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing personal mobility”. Provision of wheelchairs to disabled persons is a precondition for enjoying human rights and living in dignity and also assists users to become more productive members of their communities.

Providing wheelchairs that are fit for the purpose not only enhances mobility but also begins a process of opening up a world of education, work and social life. A wheelchair opens doors to learning, employment and social participation to the user.

According to standardization of provision of assistive devices in South Africa, the government has a commitment to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

The national policy on the Free Health Care for disabled people has prescribed that any indigent disabled person is entitled to free assistive device including maintenance /repair of such a device as long as one meets the set criteria

In recent years the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has been inundated with increased demand for wheelchairs in all districts. This unprecedented demand has been attributed to factors such as high levels of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), HIV-AIDS, cross border clients /patients and others. This increased demand for wheelchairs in the province has been compounded by limited resources and poor distribution /issuing of wheelchairs by unqualified persons /organizations

The development of policies and increased training opportunities in the supply, issuing and maintenance of wheelchairs are essential in enhancing service delivery.

The Introduction of this policy as well as effective use /implementation of the policy will assist to improve and strengthen the system of wheelchair distribution and issuing in KwaZulu-Natal

Aim
This policy aims to:
- Provide a framework for the equitable, acces
02
SEP
2019

#SABC360 - Mr Welcome Nyalunga from DFSA-Deaf Awareness Month

4 Things You Can Do to Spread Deaf Awareness
I’d like to encourage you to do something this month to spread awareness of hearing loss.
Inform your colleagues:  Let your colleagues know about the things we struggle with. By informing them on how you best work, you can enhance your communication within your team. Maybe you can even create a better work environment. If there are tools or resources that help you work better, let your HR department know. Advocating for yourself is one of the best ways to create an even playing field and collaborative environment at work.
Teach Sign Language: If you use sign language to communicate, consider teaching sign language to kids in schools, your friends, colleagues, or other people in your life. Even just a few signs can go a long way, and it’s fun to learn!
Make a Poster: Raise awareness in your community. Make signs or posters to put up at your local library, community centers or schools. Awareness is the only way we can give others some understanding of our disability. You can share information about how common hearing loss is, how to protect your hearing from loud noises, or the different levels of hearing loss.
Support a Deaf Business: Find local or online business that are run or supported by deaf business owners. Finding a job with hearing loss can be tough, but supporting these deaf-owned businesses can help people make their own living.
I personally will be presenting an assembly at the school I work at. I’ll also be keeping my eyes open for other opportunities.
Remember, our biggest enemy is ignorance. People often don’t help because they don’t know how to help – make sense?
“…if it helps to raise awareness and give others some understanding of our disability, share it!”
 

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