Disability Spotlight

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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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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The cartoonists who aren’t afraid to talk about mental health matters

Even a short scroll through a social media feed can leave you feeling anxious, stressed and, at times, more than a little inadequate. Everyone’s life seems to be idyllic- with perfect children, a dreamy partner and the dream job. Even if you don’t struggle with mental health, studies have shown that social media can trigger …

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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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If you are depressed, does it mean you have a disability?

July is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity for Disability Connect to profile depression, one of the most prominent mental illnesses globally, and to confirm that in some cases, depression can and should be declared a disability. If you suffer from a mental illness like depression, does it mean you have a disability? According to an …

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International Albinism Awareness Day: 13 June

People with albinism among those “left furthest behind” International Albinism Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate people and to promote albinism awareness and commit to continue advocating for their rights. Persons with Albinism are usually as healthy as the rest of the population, with growth and development occurring as normal, but can be classified as disabled because of …

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May is International Multiple Sclerosis Month.

May is International Multiple Sclerosis Month. Disability Connect asked Gerald Albertyn, head of Operations and Strategy at Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA) more about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the many challenges faced by the thousands of sufferers in South Africa. Approximately how many South Africans suffer from MS? In South Africa, it is estimated that …

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