National Disability Rights Awareness Month 2017

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The annual National Disability Rights Awareness Month is celebrated in South Africa from 3 November to 3 December.

This year’s theme is: “Strengthening Self-Representation: Young people building on the legacy of OR Tambo and Friday Mavuso towards sustainable and resilient society for all.”

The importance of the cabinet approved White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as an important building in achieving South Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 will be highlighted.

The purpose of the UNCRPD is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis.

In line with the goals of National Disability Rights Awareness Month 2017, the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities Nelson Mandela Bay is putting out a challenge to local companies to recognize and uphold the rights of persons with disabilities this Disability Month by partnering with us in one or more of the following initiatives:

  • Assess your company’s progress in meeting the minimum 2% target for employing persons with disabilities
  • Attend a Disability in the Workplace sensitisation workshop presented by APD’s team of knowledgeable presenters
  • Conduct an informal accessibility assessment of your building
  • Employ a person with a disability or provide funding for learnerships or skills training

APD’s Ability Recruitment Centre is registered with the Department of Labour and offers a comprehensive range of disability employment services to assist companies in meeting their disability equity requirements.

Should you wish to take up the challenge this Disability Month, please contact Laura Schrieff (APD Recruitment Manager) on 041-4845426 or