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Autism acceptance is critical to building a truly inclusive society

Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America penned a powerful article recently about the difference between autism “awareness” and autism “acceptance” and why the two must go hand in hand if we are to become a truly inclusive society. While his narrative is US-focused, these are universal truths that apply as …

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Stricter penalties for discrimination proposed in new draft law – what you need to know

The proposed changes are outlined in an amendment Bill for the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (Pepuda), and were published by the Department Of Justice And Constitutional Development last week. Under the proposed new law: Neither the State nor any person may unfairly discriminate against any person based on race, religion, gender …

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Making dreams come alive in the face of incredible challenges

While business losses during the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown have been well documented, NGOs and charities have been similarly affected given that their fundraising efforts were largely put on hold. For the Reach for a Dream Foundation, an NGO established to make dreams come true for children aged three to 18 fighting life-threatening illnesses, …

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Zoom commits to making its platform more accessible

Zoom says it is enhancing its service in order to be more accessible to users with disabilities. The video conferencing platform that’s become ubiquitous as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept people from meeting in person said it will add automatic closed captioning to its free accounts. The functionality, which will be called “Live Transcription,” is …

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Kidney Health For Everyone Everywhere – Living Well With Kidney Disease

Being diagnosed with kidney disease can be a huge challenge, both for the patient and those people around them. Its diagnosis and management, particularly in advanced stages of kidney disease, impacts severely upon their lives by reducing their, and their family and friends’ ability to participate in everyday activities like work, travel and socialising. Kidney …

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Calling All CEOs – You’ve Been Challenged To Spend A Day In A Wheelchair !

March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month and to raise awareness, Little Eden is calling on all CEOs to spend a day in a wheelchair and donate R50 000 to help the organisation continue caring for people with intellectual disabilities. Now in its fourth year, the CEO Wheelchair Challenge enables business leaders to discover first hand …

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International women’s day – Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organisers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. This year’s theme for the International …

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