Disability rights charter of south africa
We the disabled people of South Africa demand that :
There shall be no discrimination against disabled people and they shall enjoy equal opportunities in all spheres of life and they shall be protected against exploitation and all treatment of an abusive or degrading nature.
Disabled people shall be entitled to represent themselves on all matters affecting them and resources shall be made available to enable them to fulfil this role.
Health and rehabilitation services shall be effective, accessible and affordable to all disabled people in South Africa.
Disabled people shall have the right to mainstream education with personal assistance where necessary, appropriate assistive technology and specialised teaching.
Parents of disabled children shall have the right to participate in the planning and provision of their children's education.
All disabled people shall have the right to employment in the open labour market and appropriate measures, such as quota systems and training programmes, shall be implemented by government and employers to ensure that opportunities are created in the workplace which allow for the full enjoyment of this right.
The state shall provide incentives to employers, such as tax concessions, to encourage them to employ disabled people.
State assistance shall be provided to disabled people to encourage them to engage in income generation through workshops and self-help projects.
Disabled people shall have the right to engage in sport and recreational activities and resources, such as sports facilities and financial assistance, as well as opportunities for participation, shall be made available to support this initiative in this regard.
The state shall provide security to disabled people who are without adequate income and all measures used to determine the adequacy of such income shall take into account additional costs incurred by them as a result of their disability.
The state shall embark on a programme aimed at ensuring adequate, accessible and affordable housing for all disabled people.
Affordable and adequate transport shall be made available to disabled people.
All new environments shall be accessible and safe to disabled people and all reasonable steps shall be taken to make existing built environments accessible and safe.
Disabled children shall have the right to be treated with respect and dignity and shall be provided with equal opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential in life.
The state shall ensure that all disable children are properly cared for with adequate support.
All forms of abuse of disabled children shall be prohibited and severe penalties imposed for such abuse.
All disabled women shall be treated with respect and dignity. They shall be free to make their own decisions and shall be protected from all forms of abuse which undermine their integrity in any way.
Disabled people shall be entitled, encouraged and assisted to live independently in their communities and to develop the skills necessary to enable them to live in the broader society and they shall be provided with adequate and appropriate support systems to do so.
Disabled people shall have the right to communicate freely and measures designed to ensure the full enjoyment of this right shall include the provision of Braille and/or audio recorded material for blind people, the recognitions and use of sign language for people with hearing and/or speech disabilities and mentors/advocates for mentally disabled people.
Disabled people shall have the right to make their own decisions in all areas of social life and this shall include freedom to engage in sexual relationships and to have a family.
All effective and appropriate steps shall be taken by the state and society at large to prevent disability.
Positive action shall be applied to address existing discriminatory practices and disadvantaging conditions facing disabled people, giving special attention to the situation of under-represented groups such as disabled women and children, deaf people, mentally disable people, people with albinism and disabled people living in underdeveloped areas.
Appropriate and effective policies and legislation as well as accountable services shall be developed and enforced to provide all disabled people with opportunities for the full enjoyment of all these rights.
Com a colaboração: Disabled People South Africa