See, acknowledge, respect and value the Person first. Anyone can become part of this minority group at any time and thus, do onto others as you which them to do onto you.
The following legislative vehicles prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and such offences are punishable by law:
- THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA
- THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
- THE PROMOTION OF EQUALITY AND PREVENTION OF UNFAIR DISCRIMINATION ACT
- THE EMPLOYMENT EQUALITY ACT
- THE WHITE PAPER ON THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The White Paper on an Integrated National Disability Strategy (INDS) of 1997 states that:
“One of the greatest hurdles people with disabilities face when trying to access mainstream programs are negative attitudes. It is these attitudes that lead to the social exclusion and marginalization of persons with disabilities and that,
“The changing of attitudes is not something that happens automatically or spontaneously. Attitude changing is a complex process which involves moving, in a series of stages, from one set of attitudes to another.”
- Humiliating, undignified and offensive behavior.
- Direct & Indirect discrimination (including discrimination against carers, friends and relatives of people with disabilities)
If you believe that you have been discriminated against through Disability Defamation, please feel free to fill out the form below and we will come back to you within 48 hours.
You can also read the information and follow the links below the form to find out more about Disability Defamation and the companies and organizations that provide Disability Sensitization Training in South Africa.
Disability Equity & Sensitization Training
Many public and private sector bodies have gradually realised that their work practices and policies fall far short of fulfilling the needs, rights and aspirations of persons with disabilities who are their clients, customers and co-workers and that, in order to change this situation, they need to turn to persons with disabilities for education and guidance. From this realisation has grown the demand for Disability Equality Training (DET) run by persons with disabilities, which aims to help people understand the meaning of disability, identify changes in work practice, and plan strategies to implement change.
Disability Equality Training courses have been organised and run by persons with disabilities and various organizations to address the need for information about reality of disability. A DET course will enable participants to identify and address discriminatory forms of practice towards disabled people. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organisational behaviour which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents persons with disabilities from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society.
There are various Companies and Organizations who offer these Disability Equality Training courses and workshops, they include: