March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month
Children with intellectual disabilities are often not given the opportunity to do what most of us have taken for granted all our lives ... to LEARN.
It is crucial that we ensure that they are able to develop their potential and access their right to education.
Because the perception persists – that children with intellectual disability have little or no educational needs.
The Right to Education Campaign – a partnership between the Western Cape Forum on Intellectual Disabiity and the Legal Resources Centre – resulted in a court judgement placing the responsibility on provincial and national government to ensure that these children have access to quality education ... and that trained staff, transport and other resources be made available.
Yet the barriers to education persist – and much work still needs to be done to make the court ruling a reality.
During March (Intellectual Disability Awareness Month), the South African Federation for Mental Health will be working with partners in the mental health sector to spread the message and raise awareness about this issue.
The Right to Education has the potential to succeed. But only if we become the driving force and catalysts for change.
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