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NCOP budget speech focuses on rights of people with disabilities

The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities presented her budget vote speech to the NCOP on 18 May 2012 in which she focused on the Department’s priorities and plans for people with disabilities.

The Deputy Minister noted that key challenges are levels of ignorance amongst government officials across all three spheres of government and the lack of data in reports submitted to the Department for the first country report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Priorities for 2012 include: an education for all campaign which will be launched in September 2012 to encourage all parents to enrol their disabled children at their nearest school alongside more intensive monitoring of exclusions and ensuring that schools’ curricula and buildings are accessible; ensuring that rural infrastructure and work opportunities comply with the principles of equal and universal access; ensuring that the roll-out of the NHI in 11 pilot districts improves access to health care for people with disabilities, with a special focus on the provision of community-based rehabilitation services; and strengthening the National Disability Machinery.

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