PRESS RELEASE: CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY HAVE A RIGHT TO ACCESS EDUCATION
In August 2015, Human Rights Watch released a report highlighting South Africa’s failure to guarantee an inclusive education for children with disabilities (https://www.hrw.org/report/2015/08/18/complicit-exclusion/south-africas-failure-guarantee-inclusive-education-children). The report, titled “Complicit in Exclusion” found that over half a million children with disabilities in South Africa were not receiving education, and hundreds of thousands of children with disabilities, who do attend school, were not receiving the level of education they required.
The South African Guide-dogs Association for the Blind is now training specially selected dogs to work with children with Autism.
Please note that the SAFMH offices will close on the 19th of December, and open again on the 4th of January 2016. The Human Rights Watch reporting system for human rights violations will therefore not be responding to any calls, smses, whatsapp messages or emails during this time.
Charlene Sunkel, SAFMH Programme Manager for Advocacy & Awareness, giving an interview at the World Health Organisation in October 2015.
PRESS RELEASE: 3 DECEMBER – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
On the 3rd of December we commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and this year the South African Federation for Mental Health would like to make use of this day to raise concern about the commitment of Government to the care of persons living with mental disabilities.