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Victory for pupils with disabilities

The Pretoria High Court last week handed down an order (by consent), ordering the department of Basic Education (DBE) to make provision for all pupils with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The court order comes after the Centre for Child Law (CCL), represented by Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), took the minister of basic …

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Visually impaired community faces education crisis and abuse by law enforcement

Blind and visually impaired learners face a constant battle to get access to equal and quality education – especially during the pandemic. On 5 August, Blind SA held an urgent discussion with civil society groups and interested parties on the education crisis for blind and visually impaired learners during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 50 people …

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Civil society sheds light on issues that visually impaired women face

Blind and visually impaired women face many issues on a daily basis. To commemorate Women’s Month, Blind SA held an urgent discussion with civil society groups to shed light on issues that visually impaired women face. This was part of a larger discussion held on 5 August which also addressed the education crisis for blind …

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DISABLED ALLIANCE SLAMS DEPARTMENT

The SA Disability Alliance (SADA) have slammed the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities as being out of touch and not serious about issues faced by people with disabilities, revealing that the department’s disability unit was staffed by only three people. The consultative forum of national disability organisations expressed shock and disappointment at …

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Blind SA takes President to Constitutional court

Blind SA has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of having failed in his constitutional duty, by not signing the long-awaited Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB) into law. The CAB was referred to the President in March 2019 and has been in his in-tray since. The blind and visually impaired rights body believes the delay perpetuates discrimination against …

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