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Embracing each other's differences

 
 


People with Disabilities

There are millions of individuals in Africa and South Africa with some level of disability (physical or mental), of whom 35 million have a disability that severely affects daily functioning.

 

Myths Associated with People with Disabilities:

 

1.    Most are in wheelchairs. 

Among the millions of people with disabilities, only about 10% use wheelchairs, crutches, or walkers. Most have more invisible disabilities, such as cardiovascular problems, arthritis, and rheumatism, back and spine problems, hearing impairment, asthma, epilepsy, neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., academic or intellectual impairment), and mental illness. 
 

2.    People with disabilities are a drain on the economy.

It is true that many individuals of working age with disabilities are not working. However, the majority of those who are unemployed want to work. Discrimination often hampers their efforts to join the workforce. 
 

3.    Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than employees

       without disabilities. 

Studies have found that employees with disabilities may actually have fewer attendance problems than non-disabled employees
 

4.    The greatest barriers to people with disabilities are physical ones. 

In actuality, negative attitudes and stereotypes are the greatest impediments and the most difficult to change. 
 

5.    Persons who have disabilities are brave and courageous.

Individuals with disabilities react to situations like anyone else does. They demonstrate a variety of emotional reactions in adapting to their condition. Some adapt well, whereas others have more difficulty coping.