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Meet Kagune Dlamini – A master of coffee and sign language

Durban-based barista, Kgune Dlamini, is fluent in sign language, and for the second year in a row, has taken home the Barista of the Year award. “”The two go hand-in-hand, as his passion for communication skills sees him focusing not only on making a great cup of coffee, but also making his customer’s day that …

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Entrepreneur Portia Mavhungu’s Invention Gives Wheelchair Users Greater Independence

Independence and privacy are taken for granted by so many. Centurion-based entrepreneur Portia Mavhungu realised this when she found herself wheelchair-bound after an accident in 2011. No longer able to use the toilet on her own, her loss of independence led to depression. “I realised how tough it is for disabled persons,” she says. “I …

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The Impact of Covid-19 on persons with disabilities

Disability Awareness Month may be over, but the struggles of people with disabilities are not. This insightful article by Anna Mmolai-Chalmers of the Equality Programme at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, shares some serious concerns about the effects of the pandemic on the disabled. The effects of COVID-19 are perhaps more profound when viewed through …

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Nerves that sense touch may play a role in autism

“More than 70% of people with autism have differences in their sensory perception,” said study author Sung-Tsang Hsieh, M.D., Ph.D., of National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “For some people, even a light touch can feel unbearable while others may not even notice a cut on their foot. If larger studies can confirm these results, it is possible that further insight into the peripheral nervous system could help us understand how this disorder develops and potentially light the way for treating these distressing sensory symptoms that most people with autism experience.”

Parents in Alexandra encouraged to empower their disabled children

Ithabeleng Organisation for Disability (IO4D) founder Joseph Setlhake has criticised the some Alexandra parents who lock their disabled children up in their homes. He calls it an “archaic practice”. Chatting to Sipho Siso of Alex News earlier this month, Setlhake said, “Disabled children are not items for concealment.” He emphasised that children with disabilities are …

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BETHESDA HOUSE OF HOPE

Concentrate on your ABILITIES and not the DISABILITY. November is International Disability Rights Awareness month, and began with the sub-theme “Children and young people with disabilities empowered to chart their own destiny through access to quality lifelong learning”.  In commemorating this month, Barloworld Equipment, in partnership with Disability Connect, adopted a school as part of …

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