Services for Children with Disabilities
Assistive devices for children
In 2014 alone 254 wheelchairs for school going children were raised with the Game/Vodacom wheelchair project. Game has provided wheelchairs since 1998 and over the years thousands of children could be provided with wheelchairs through this annual project. Through the efforts of the NCPPDSA, Airports Company SA (ACSA) donated 40 adjustable children’s wheelchairs in 2014. These wheelchairs were distributed to children throughout the country. Transportation of the wheelchairs from the NCPPDSA offices were made possible through the Department of Health
Public education and awareness-raising about children with disabilities.
Raising public awareness about children with disabilities and the conditions and challenges they face is a core function of the NCPPDSA children’s programme. The main aim of our Nappy Run campaign is public education. A better informed and educated public leads to the protection and promotion of the rights of children with disabilities and their social inclusion. The mass media: TV, radio, the print media and online media are extensively utilised for public awareness raising purposes.
Advocacy and lobbying
The NCPPDSA engages with especially Government departments to advocate and lobby for an improved legislative, policy and programme dispensation towards the protection and promotion of the rights of children with disabilities and towards their social, educational and cultural inclusion • Policy development and review. Closely associated with its advocacy and lobbying functions, is the NCPPDSA’s work on reviewing and commenting on Government legislation, policies and programmes that impact on the lives of children with disabilities. This with the aim to contribute to the development of legislation, policies and programmes to advance and protect the rights of children with disabilities.
The NCPPDSA has conducted research into day care centres for children with disabilities. Some major findings of the research are alluded to above under the heading: “The Situation of Children with Disabilities in South Africa”