Association for Persons with Disabilities Mpumalanga
About APD Mpumalanga
Breaking Access and Participation Barriers
Mobility ensures that we are part of our community, it’s services and the many opportunities it offers us to socialize, grow and be economically active. Persons with Disabilities in Mpumalanga are of the poorest of the poor due to a continuing lack of access to opportunities like schooling and employment. Mpumalanga APD helps Persons with physical disabilities to access mobility devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs and artificial limbs to obtain mobility.
Mpumalanga APD renders services to persons with disabilities from 4 satellite offices located in the rural areas of Mpumalanga. Stats SA estimates the number of people with disabilities in our Province at 205 280. Disability is more prevalent among females (8,3%) compared to males (6,5%). Education, employment and generating an income remains a huge problem for persons with disabilities. More than a third (35,5%) of children with severe difficulty in walking were not attending school at the time of the last Census. Approximately 2230 persons with disabilities benefits from our services (30% under the age of 18).
Greater mobility helps Persons with Disabilities
- to have a sense of control
- to focus on their abilities and not their mobility
- to have more strength and energy to do things on their own.
- to become an active part of their community and the opportunities it offers.