3 November to 3 December
South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.
Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.
The Department of Social Development is responsible for driving the government’s equity, equality and empowerment agenda in terms of those living with disabilities.
Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) provides South Africa with an opportunity to:
- Inspire hope and confidence in the ability of South Africans and the state machinery to work together in addressing the common challenges facing persons with disabilities and society in general;
- Mobilise persons with disabilities around the gains made in protecting, promoting and upholding the rights of persons with disabilities since the adoption of the Freedom Charter 60 years ago and 21 years of democracy;
- Reach out to the diversity within the disability sector, and acknowledging that all human and socio-economic rights should be equally enjoyed by all persons with disabilities, irrespective of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, impairment, socio-economic status, educational qualification level, religion, culture, employment status or nationality; and to
- Celebrate the release of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which advocates for measures that will hold duty-bearers accountable and strengthen recourse measures for rights-holders whose rights have been violated.
Calendar of events [PDF]
Exhibition: 19 November
A multimedia showcase of innovation in human rights advocacy in celebration of Disability Rights Month and 16 Days of Activism.
20 November – 10 December, The Old Fort, Constitutional Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Contact: Jean Elphick
Cell: 078 519 4878
National Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December)
The South African Disability Alliance (SADA) and other national disability organisations are coordinating activities for 3 December, which is South Africa’s National Day of Persons with Disabilities. The national event will take place in the City of Tshwane, and is organised in partnership with the Department of Social Development, the Gauteng Provincial Government and the City of Tshwane.
It will commence with a disability rights march to the Union Buildings, where there will be an interaction between the sector and government, as well as entertainment.
Disability Rights Summit
SADA, in collaboration with the Department of Social Development, will be hosting a Disability Rights Summit at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni from 4-5 December 2015.
Representatives from national and provincial disability organisations will engage key government departments and the business sector to determine a national disability rights agenda for 2016.
Services for people with disabilities
- Assistive devices (wheelchair, walking aid, hearing aid, etc.)
- Disability grant
- Government organisations for people with disabilities
Organisations for people with disabilities
Ubuntu Centre South Africa
The Ubuntu Centre South Africa was founded in 2007 as an independent membership based Disabled People’s Organization, run for and by people with psychosocial disabilities. It is registered in the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Services as a non-profit organisation, and was founded to act as a representative voice of users and survivors of psychiatry so as to challenge their invisibility, discrimination and social isolation. Ubuntu strives to ensure that the rights of users and survivors of psychiatry are respected and upheld and that their dignity, autonomy and wellbeing are promoted and protected.
National Council for People with Physical Disabilities in South Africa
The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) is a non-profit organisation and had been in existence since 1939. The NCPPDSA is the national umbrella for nine provincial associations with their 90+ branches. The nine autonomous provincial associations constitute the Council.
National Council for the Blind
The National Council for the Blind is the umbrella body for over a hundred organisations for and of the blind in South Africa.
Tel: 012 452 3811
Tel: 011 482 1610
Disabled People South Africa
Tel: 021 422 0357
SA Disability Alliance
Cell: 060 967 0258