Celebrating International Day for People with Disabilities

Story: Sinazo Bonongo | Photo: Sinazo Bonongo

The Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (WSLM) recently played host to the Department of Sports, Recreation and Arts and Culture (DSRAC) in commemoration of the International Day for People with Disabilities. Cllr Mathee Nel extended a warm welcome on behalf of the Honourable Mayor, setting the stage for an event dedicated to showcasing various initiatives and opportunities available to differently-abled individuals. 

A diverse array of departments joined the celebration, including the Department of Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), Department of Health (DH), and the Foundation For Alcohol Related Research (FARR). They collectively emphasized the importance of recognizing the abilities and potential of people with disabilities, urging everyone to embrace diversity and inclusion.

This globally observed day, marked annually on December 3rd, seeks to foster awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disabilities, with the overarching goal of promoting a more inclusive and accessible world. Representatives from the participating entities actively engaged with attendees, disseminating information about accessible services, employment opportunities, and support networks available for people with disabilities in the community. 

Notably, Xola Masumpa from FARR underscored the impact of alcohol consumption by pregnant women, emphasizing its dangers on the developing child and its potential to lead to developmental issues. Sister Alga Johnson from the Department of Health shared information on various services within the healthcare system, including rehabilitation and speech therapy, encouraging individuals to explore available resources at the nearest hospital.

The event reached its conclusion with a heart-warming exhibition featuring items crafted by individuals with disabilities. Additionally, an overlock machine was presented to the Tswelopele disability group, symbolising the celebration of the achievements of individuals with disabilities and highlighting the collective efforts toward building equal opportunities for all.

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