Disability sensitization in Touwsranten during Disability Month, November
Issued by George Municipality, 16 November 2021
George Municipality Gender and Disability subsection and APD (Association for Persons with Disabilities) is using November, Disability Awareness Month, to raise awareness of what it means to be an inclusive society where the rights of persons with disabilities are upheld.
The Disability and Gender subsection personnel in the Community Development department held an outreach in Touwsranten to sensitize the community about the rights of people with disabilities.
November is celebrated globally as Disability Awareness Month. The international theme proclaimed by the United Nations for this year is: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.”
Ejustley Boshoff, Coordinator of the Gender and Disability subsection for George Municipality, said the purpose of the outreach in Touwsranten was not only to raise awareness about the rights of people with disabilities, but also to collect data. “We assisted a mother who has a daughter who have a mental disability. She knew her child is not well but did not know where to go for help,” Boshoff said.
APD staff arranged for assistance for the mother and child to identify what type of disability the child has so that she can get the necessary help.
The group used the outreach to sensitize the children about disability matters, a positive self-image, sexuality and more.
Touws 2(1): Ejustley Boshoff speaks to young children about disability issues.
Touws2(2): Staff from George Municipality Gender and Disability subsection and APD speak to a disabled person in her home in Touwsranten.