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Public support for disability

Almost 200 people with and without disabilities took to the streets of Stellenbosch on Saturday 24 November.

The Stellenbosch Disability Network (SDN), in collaboration with Stellenbosch Municipality, hosted the third annual Walk with Disability as part of National Disability Month. The walk brings people of all abilities together to both celebrate advances made in a more inclusive and accessible world, but also to highlight the continued struggle against disability exclusion and discrimination.

A memorandum to the Mayor of Stellenbosch was handed over at the end of the walk. In this memorandum, the SDN, firstly, recognised increased municipal efforts towards better accessibility and inclusive policy in recent years.

But it also highlighted the lack of implementation of these policies, especially with regard to inaccessible public transport.

The memorandum included six recommendations to the municipality, to increase efforts towards accessible, affordable and safe public transport urgently.

Without transport, people with disabilities often remain excluded from support, opportunities and services.

V Dr Cindy Wiggett-Barnard is chairperson of the Stellenbosch Disability Network and CEO of ChangeAbility.

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