Association for Persons with Disabilities North West
About APD North West
Techford Centre – Klerksdorp
Cultural stigmas and a lack of access to information can stop families who have persons with disabilities from receiving the help they need, but Tecford, an enablement centre for persons with disabilities in Klerksdorp is fighting to change that.
The South African Human Rights Commission states that persons with disabilities are mostly disadvantaged in their communities and this prevents them from accessing education and wage employment opportunities in the formal economic world and Tecford provides pathways for these.
The centre is a day care centre that develops, educates, advocates for, supports and enables persons with disabilities, particularly those from the Kosh area in the North West.
While Tecford generates income through various activities, including producing wire clamps for Anglo gold mines and sewing tracksuits for local schools. It provides for the 60 people it supports in ways that it otherwise would not be able to do.
Spes Bona – A leader in breaking the barriers of denied reasonable accommodation and assistive devices and as a result it has given birth to talents of artists etc…
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) sees the definition of disability as fluid and ever-evolving. It recognises that disability is imposed by society
when a person with a physical, psychosocial, intellectual, neurological and/or sensory impairment is denied access to full participation in all aspects of life, and when society fails to uphold the rights and specific needs of individuals with impairments.
In Rustenburg, Spes Bona is a home for 52 persons with disabilities. The home serve as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with physical disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and the prevention of the occurrence of physically disablement and a mouthpiece for reasonable accommodation in the North West area.
The home encourages its residents to become empowered and independent in breaking through the barriers created by society through reasonable accommodation workshops.
While the concept of accommodation itself is fairly easy to understand – for example, making existing facilities accessible to wheelchairs users, or reorganizing workstations – the question of what is ‘reasonable’ in this regard is often less clear and Spes bona has been spreading the word around Rustenburg.
21-year-old Keorapetse Thusi, who is studying jewellery, art and design at Orbit TVET College is a resident at Spes Bona and he believes that through the funds raised via Casual Day, he has been able to send out a message to the college about reasonable accommodation and he feels welcome at school now. Thusi’s biggest dream is to travel the world.