Disability info South Africa (DiSA) was started in 2015 by Alan Downey to provide a Free Disability Information Portal which not only gives easy access to information via our website, but also through our free contact centre, offering advice and guidance to those in need. "Unlocking the Shackles of Your Disability Using the Key of Knowledge" embodies our belief that knowledge is power and with the correct information at our fingertips, we can break free of our barriers and comfort zones to reach our goals and dreams.
It is estimated that 15% of the world population have some form of impairment or disability. No Disability is the same but those that are affected often require assistive devices, services or special care to assist them.
Over the last few years we saw the need to expand DiSA and Disability Info South Africa NPC was registered in 2019. In 2021 we received our NPO registration number (NPO Reg. 256-154). We also realised the need to become more than just an Information Desk and have therefore reimagined DiSA into 4 pillars to not only Inform persons with disabilities of their rights and what services and products are available to assist them through our Information Desk, but also Identify and log barriers to access through our Yes to Access (YTA) - platform and then working with various companies and organisations, Address and remove these inequalities, discrimination and barriers through our Accessible Cities South Africa (AC-SA) platform. Via our DiSA’s News Network (DNN), we strive to Inspire, Educate, Entertain and Empower all persons with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest potential and to be the best that they can be, celebrating their achievements through our DiSA’s News Network.
The DiSA Information Desk was created to help provide a “Free One - Stop Information Service” to assist Persons with Disabilities and their families in South Africa, whom are looking for information that can help them to be better equipped to face the challenges of their circumstances and any related barriers presented by society.
Yes To Access
Yes To Access (YTA) is an online reporting platform, created by DiSA, to acknowledge persons with disabilities’ civil right to equal and fair access and facilitating a Disability Discrimination Complaint by inviting anyone in society to voluntary Identify and Report on all forms of Barriers to Access and acts of Disability Discrimination.
Accessible Cities South Africa
Accessible Cities-South Africa (AC-SA) has been formed to create awareness for the need for inclusive environments and to promote and showcase the partnerships that we have formed and work with to promote and help build a truly Accessible South Africa for all persons with disabilities.
DiSA News Network (DNN)
DISA’s News Network (DNN) Educates, Entertains and Empowers via our Facebook Page, Facebook Group, "Laugh At Life - Cartoons" YouTube Videos and Interviews. We aim to inspire persons with disabilities to be the best that they can be! Breaking Barriers and changing perceptions.
Persons with Disabilities
The aim of DiSA when it was first started in 2015 was to provide easy access to FREE information and to provide a support service for persons with disabilities. In South Africa persons with disabilities are categorized under the following 5 impairment groups: Physical; Sensory; Intellectual; Psychosocial and Neurological impairments. Some persons with impairments are affected by more than 1 type of impairment, where either only one or both impairments can be considered as disabling. For the purposes of the DiSA website and the information service that we supply, we have categorized these 5 impairment groups above, under the following 4 impairment groups below, to make it easier to find information that can assist you.
Please Support Us
The FREE information and support service that DiSA provides, is privately run and funded through donations and various advertising options that we offer Companies, Sports Clubs and Organizations. We are a registered Organization and welcome any assistance so that we can continue to improve this web site and support service that we supply free of charge.
There are 3 ways that you can Support Us:
Become A Member
We invite you to become a Member by taking a yearly advert on one of our 6 advertising levels. Through this advertising, we will promote your organization, club or company and you will be supporting persons with disabilities.
Become an Access Warrior
Companies, Clubs and Organizations are invited to join our Accessible Cities South Africa Platform and become an Access Warrior, so as to work together to create awareness and build inclusive environments - "Breaking Down Barriers".
Make A Donation
We welcome all forms of sponsorship, funding or donations, to help support and grow this free service to assist more persons with disabilities. We also accept donations of equipment and food parcels which we will pass on to those in need.
The "Disability info South Africa" website was started in 2015 by Alan Downey with assistance from a long time friend and fellow Quadriplegic and web designer - Shane Smith. Disability became a reality for both Shane and Alan when they were both injured in 1994 in East London. "Meeting up again after rehabilitation, we were able to learn from each others experiences.
"25 Years later, I came to realize that many persons with disabilities did not get the same support that we had, and while living with a disability is difficult, it can be made easier if you have access to the right information and support structures to assist you. With this in mind, I decided to research and develop a web site that could help others in a similar situations to myself."
In 2016 the "Disability info South Africa" website went live and was later officially launched in April 2017 when we began selling membership to support this free website and support service that we provide. Thanks to the support of a number of Companies, Sports Clubs, Organizations who have advertised with us and the family and friends who have supported us, this Service and Website has exceeded all expectations.
In August 2017 Alan was interviewed on Cape Talk and in 2018 after our 1st year anniversary, we were interviewed on 5 FM. Since our first interview in 2017 Alan has also represented DiSA in a number of other interviews, including: 4 TV interviews, 5 Video interviews, 9 Radio interviews and 7 Newspaper interviews, as well as a recent Webinar which was hosted by Border-Kei Chamber of Business.
Towards the end of 2021 and in 2022, DiSA officially launched their Four Pillars when the DiSA website was redesigned in February 2022. Please fee free to visit our DNN platform to find out more about these and other interviews, or click on the link below to find out more About Us.
DiSA has already helped thousands of different people throughout South Africa and through your support we can continue to create a Service that can assist and make a difference in the lives of more Persons With Disabilities in Southern Africa.