Creating a place for people with disabilities

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People with disabilities often find themselves at the end of the line when government allocates funding, particularly in the education sector. Siyathembana highlights the need to integrate people with disabilities into the FET system and source funding opportunities through the relevant Seta?s.


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By Cindy Payle
Siyathembana an organisation dedicated to assisting people with disabilities spoke with Rolling Inspiration magazine about the plight of this marginalised group. The conversation centred on the challenges facing disabled people particularly in the arena of skills development.

One of the major blockages to further education is limited access to information says Siyathembana. "A lot of the disabled people follow the queue and codes of able people due to the fact that information is not easy to get'. Disabled learners are forced to use news mediums primarily created for able-bodied students.
Despite the fact that higher education institutions can include an unlimited number of disabled people in the classrooms, South Africa still has a long way to go in accommodating all levels of disabilities according to Siyathembana. "QCTO and NQF have no discrimination and requirements in allowing people with disabilities. It?s up to the provider to adjust the accredited program to address the different disabilities, physical, hearing, sight etc. and stay within the entry requirements'.
The entity has partnered with Progressions who specialises in creating work opportunities for people with disabilities and recruitment agency, Staffing Direct to promote the cause of people with disabilities.
Siyathembana helps businesses source funding through the relevant Setas. Through this financial assistance companies have the opportunity to enrol staff members for training.

Siyathembana offers twelve full qualifications registered under Umalusi and DHET which are available to people with or without disabilities.
Interested learners can visit Siyathembana or email [email protected] for more information on available courses, learnership opportunities and specialised recruitment agencies.

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