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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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Lego launches new bricks to help blind children learn braille

The LEGO Foundation and the LEGO Group roll out the first wave of the program in partnership with local sight loss organizations to help children with vision impairment learn critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration through play. LEGO® Braille Bricks will be launched in twenty countries over the next six months following successful pilot program …

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“Are You Blind?” navigating a socially distanced World with a visual impairment

“Only one of you can enter the store,” said the grocery store employee. I clenched my husband’s hand, heart racing and quickly muttered, “He’s my guide.” We were standing at the front of a two-block line waiting to enter the store. The employee raised his eyebrow and jokingly said, “Well you can’t hold hands,” to which …

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5 things everyone should know about people with disabilities

What do you really need to know about disability? If you’re not disabled yourself, and don’t have a child, spouse, brother or sister, or parent with disabilities, how knowledgeable and up to date on disability issues are you expected to be? Here are five things every person should probably understand today about disabled people and …

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Hollywood urged to cast more actors with disabilities

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer is telling Hollywood to step up in regard to casting persons with disabilities, likening their lack of representation to the experiences of women and other minorities. In a public service announcement released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this past weekend, Spencer said the time is …

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Kgothatso Montjane: South Africa’s Very Own Tennis Champion

“Your disability doesn’t define your abilities, and a dream doesn’t become reality through magic, but through determination and hard work,” says Kgothatso Montjane… who exactly two years ago this month in 2018 became the first black South African women to play at Wimbledon. “When I was still at school, I was a very active learner, who …

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Refilwe Modiselle scoops award at international film festival

SA model and actress Refilwe Modiselle has walked away with the best actress award at the African Film Festival in Texas for her role in White Gold.  Refilwe, who plays the role of Mansa, an African woman living with albinism, struggled to fight back emotions as she described what the award meant to her.  A win …

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