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Beyoncé to remove offensive lyric after disabled community outcry

Beyoncé will re-record the track from her latest album Renaissance on which she originally sang the lyrics “Spazzin’ on that ass.” By AFP Beyoncé will remove a derogatory term for disabled people from her new song Heated, a spokesperson said Monday, after its use was condemned as offensive by campaigners. The US pop megastar will …

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University evacuation plans for the disabled in an emergency

South African universities are a mid-cities city of their own as they encompass a diverse community from students, faculty members’ contracts, and staff traveling in and out, day and night. These universities do attempt to strive for an inclusive culture such that all individuals are catered for. However, in the case of an emergency, impaired …

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Celebrating International Albinism Awareness Day at Carnival City

Recognising that 75 percent of the world’s vision impairment is preventable, the global focus is on encouraging people to get their eyes screened. Ster-Kinekor’s Vision Mission initiative aims to provide preventative care and treatment to people who would not otherwise have access to this critical service. Due to the nature of Albinism’s genetic make-up and …

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Q&A: Multiple Sclerosis in the workplace

In over two thirds of cases, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects women, and often strikes between the ages of 20 and 40 – during the prime working years. Disability Connect spoke to *Francis Smith, a 52-year-old attorney from Johannesburg and an MS sufferer, to gain some personal insights into her experiences of living with, and working …

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Disability in the workplace – creating awareness through example

Siabulela Lucas is a Call Centre Agent at Nedbank Contact Centre, he also manages the Nedbank Disability Desk and is a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the workplace. Siaybulela became visually impaired at a stage in life when he was considering his career choices and starting to study. He believes …

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Assistive tech startup led by former NASA engineer uses an AI ‘parrot’ to help people with disabilities

BY CHARLOTTE SCHUBERT David Hojah is a former NASA engineer, but his real passion is healthcare. Growing up, he saw his family members taking care of his aunt, who had multiple sclerosis, and his uncle, who had a spinal cord injury. Now, he’s developing tech to help people with disability have more independence. The company …

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Enabling students with disabilities to reach their full potential

It is estimated that 10% of the global population live with disabilities. While their able-bodied peers enjoy access to quality education and employment opportunities, people with disabilities receive less support and are often excluded from schooling, employment and broader society. Little has been achieved in the employment of persons with disabilities since the inception of …

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Five reasons ICT is a good career for people with disabilities

Prudence Mabitsela, founder and MD of Dynamic DNA, a training and skills development company, said if you have a physical disability, getting ready for the world of work may seem daunting; however, there are some jobs that once you have received training, provide excellent career opportunities. “If you have a disability, you should not be …

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Launches Disability Rights Awareness Month 2021

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane wishes to signal the launch of Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) 2021, under the theme: The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke – Create and Realise an Inclusive Society Upholding Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations (UN) has declared the theme …

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