The Free State Department of Education will hold a walk on Tuesday to shine a spotlight on the plight of children with intellectual disabilities. The awareness campaign on will kick off in Zastron with a three-kilometre walk before an information session is to be held at Pholoho Special School in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
According to department spokesperson Howard Ndaba, many parents are not aware of various care centres around the province that could offer them and their children proper support. “There are about forty-seven centres in the province and thirteen that could accommodate more children,” he said.
The campaign is aimed at parents of and learners living with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities (LSPID). “The intention is to ensure that children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities attend school and receive proper support from government. Through the campaign, the department is intensifying its effort to ensure that every learner has access to education, including those living with disabilities,” said Ndaba.
This will be a multi-departmental effort in association with Departments of Health, Social Development, Home Affairs, and Labour along with municipalities and community organisations.