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The Department of Social Development launched Disability Rights Awareness Month which runs from 03 November to 03 December 2017. The month is dedicated to raising awareness to persons with disabilities. The focus this year will be on persons with intellectual disabilities enhancing self representation.

Celebrating National Disability Rights Awareness Month

November 3 was the official launch of Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa. The national launch took place in eThekwini in partnership with, among others, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and eThekwini Metro. With the focus for the launch falling on affirming the rights of young persons with intellectual disabilities, the programme focused on two organisations whose mandate is to promote, protect and uphold the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities, i.e. the Durban Coastal and Mental Health (DCMH) and Special Olympics.

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