South Africa

This page features the news on disability from South Africa in the Debrief Library. See also news from other countries.


Accessibility and Design

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Brief audio on How accessible is South Africa? (May, EWN)

Climate Crisis

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How load shedding impacts people living with disabilities (Jun)

Communication and Language

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Sign Languages

South African Sign Language set to become official language (May, Disability Insider)

Data and Research

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Monitoring disability inclusion: Setting a baseline for South Africa (May, African Journal of Disability)

Education and Childhood

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Towards interventions on school dropouts for disabled learners amidst and post-COVID-19 pandemic. Calls for a “a systematic multi-stakeholder local community-based intervention approach”. (Jun)

Too many disabled children still fall through schooling gaps. Article points to a wild range of estimates of children with disabilities out of school: from 40,000 to 600,000. (Apr, Mail and Guardian)

Inclusive education in South Africa: path dependencies and emergences. “Addressing barriers to inclusive education seems to be less about clearing successive hurdles in a steeplechase race and more about understanding the complex ecology of education systems, and the various actors and socio-cultural, historical and economic processes that constitute these systems.” (Apr, International Journal of Inclusive Education)

Higher Education

3 ways in which universities can be more inclusive to disabled individuals during an emergency.

Employment, Business and Work

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Inclusive development: clearing up misconceptions on disability in the workplace (Jun, Engineering News)

How education, training and development support the wellness of employees with disabilities. (Apr, African Journal of Disability)

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Thirteen years after a disabled child spent a night in a filthy cell, court slashes damages payout. (Apr, Ground Up)

Policy and Rights

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Cabinet approves Framework on Disability Rights Awareness Campaigns (May, SA News)

South African Autism community says 'government has overlooked us for long enough' (Feb, News 24)

Relationships, Sex and Reproductive Rights

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Sexual abuse of children with intellectual disabilities stems from poor education, false beliefs and poor safety structures. Article gives distressing examples of violence, incest, rape and abduction. (Apr, Sunday Times)