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South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December which is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This year's theme is: “Persons with disabilities – Equal participants in shaping a sustainable future.”

In  terms  of  the  Constitution  (Act  no  108  of  1996)  access  to  basic education is a fundamental right without limitations (Section 27) and no child of compulsory  school-going  age  should  be  discriminated  against  on  the  basis  of  disability (Section 9), to date the majority of these children have not had access to public funded education and support, leaving them vulnerable and outside . NAPTOSA has been calling on the DBE to pay closer attention the education of children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities (SPID).

The Department of Basic Education’s call for comment on the draft policy for the provision of quality education and support for children with severe to profound intellectual disability (SPID) coincides with the National Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM).   All relevant stakeholder bodies and members of the public are invited to submit comments to both draft policy documents by 9 December 2016.  

Draft policy for the provision of quality education and support for children with severe to profound intellectual disability (SPID)
Draft Policy for (SPID)

Draft learning programme for children with severe to profound intellectual disability
Draft Learning Programme