QASA paves pathway to opportunities for persons with disabilities with Casual Day

If your daily commute to work forces you be in traffic for hours or to elbow your way into an overcrowded public transport, you probably need little convincing about the importance of good quality transport. Now, imagine your frustration if you are mobility impaired too.

For many persons with disabilities, this is not fiction, but a real daily struggle.

Much of South Africa’s public transport system remains completely off-limits for persons with disabilities. When transport is available it is difficult to use and often expensive, turning even the shortest trip into a nightmare.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa’s (QASA) has leveraged its participation in Casual Day – South Africa’s annual corporate social investment initiative – to provide a pathway of opportunity that will help them protect and further the interests of quadriplegics and paraplegics.

During the 2016 Casual Day campaign the association raised over R400 000 through sticker sales. The money that was raised will now be used to make getting around easier for persons with mobility impairments.

One of the programmes that QASA will be running is a functional driving training programme which will give its members a chance to learn to drive and to qualify for a driver’s licence.

Another initiative, dubbed the Digital Village computer training programme, will change lives by making applying for a job much easier. Participants in the training will be taught how to compile a CV, apply for a job and prepare for job interviews.

The money will also help QASA continue with its work of distributing assistive devices to people who need them. A wheelchair is often a lifeline for persons with mobility impairments allowing them greater freedom to live independently and creating opportunities to interact with friend, family and their communities in new ways.

The theme this year for Casual Day, which is sponsored by the Edcon Group, is celebrate diversity with persons with disabilities.

Casual Day is a national campaign run by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). It will take place on September 1 this year. The NCPD is a leading advocate for persons with disabilities. The council plays an active role in promoting and building a more inclusive society in South Africa where persons with disabilities are able to access equal social and economic opportunities.

The money raised through Casual Day sticker sales directly benefits about 40,000 persons with disabilities, while indirect beneficiaries of the campaign total almost 3-million South Africans.

All the money that is raised by Casual Day goes to benefit a wide range of organisations including those for persons with hearing loss, persons with psychiatric disabilities, persons with physical disabilities and mental health challenges, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, paraplegia, down syndrome, Alzheimer’s and autism.

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Hi, I’m Able the Casual Day mascot and ambassador for disability. I encourage you to see the ABILITY in people and not the dis-ABILITY. We’re all able, we can all live our fullest lives if the barriers are removed. Join me each year, on the first Friday of September and raise funds to support organisations that render services in the field of disability. This year Casual Day falls on Friday, 7 September. Your donation of R10 for a sticker makes a difference and improves lives all across South Africa.

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