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Calling all with disabilities

People who live with disabilities often lack access to employment and if they are employed, they face problems such as reasonable accommodation at work or accessible transportation.

These are but a few of the things people who are living with disabilities face.

Drakenstein Association for People with Disabilities (DAPD) is trying to lighten this burden, by expanding and creating a brighter future for those who are living with impairments, through developing their skills to live independently.

DAPD’s focus is to develop the skill set of people living with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence and their integration into society.

As we commemorate Disability Awareness Month (3 November to 3 December), Lorenzo Adonis, practical marketer, is working on three work groups for people with disabilities to empower themselves. The three groups are: the Activity group, Timeless group and the Protective work group.

The three groups enable people with disabilities to broaden their employment skills.

The Activity group does work for Chempac and Satchwell, where the Timeless group works with fabric, where handbags, pencil bags and wool products are made from scratch. The Protective work group involves baking and cooking as well as day-to-day tasks, in preparation to live more independently.

At the moment, the association is only using half of the facility’s workshop buildings and would like to create more workshops to help a larger number of people with disabilities.

“DAPD would like to expand our non-governmental organisation to help a larger number of people with disabilities in our community. The number of people in our region living with disabilities is unclear. We would like to know how many people have some or other disability and need help integrating into the normal daily living” says Lorenzo.

The DADP team would like persons with disabilities to come forward if they want to join the workshops.

The following services are available at the workshop: recycling, social services, protective workshop, timeless needlework project, and activity groups.

To get involved in these programmes, contact Sue Ann Klaasen on 081 463 2068 / 081 403 2485, send an email to drakcentre@paarlonline.co.za or visit the centre at Simondium Main Road, Old Jail (under the bridge on the left).

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