National Museum caters to the disabled

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At the International Day for persons with disabilities are Dr Nico Mostert and his son, Nielbert Mostert PHOTO: Pierce van Heerden

The national museum has launched an initiative to make the museum more accessible for persons living with disabilities. Among many guests were Martie Du Plessis High School who recited a short poem to the audience, and  a father of a triplet had the opportunity to share his thoughts on what it is like to parent a child with a disability.

Dr Nico Mostert spoke about how advocacy is a vital factor. His son, Nielbert Mostert (17) is a visually impaired athlete who has an amazing outlook on life. Nielbert is an athlete who competed in the African Championships in the T-13 category, he broke the 800m South African record, he was also a SA Wrestler and a cycler who is extremely successful in this field.

“It is important to attend days such as today, to see that there are others with disabilities who can live a normal life, this day shows that I am not alone and it is amazing meeting people who also have disabilities,” Mostert said.

Mostert told Bloemfontein Courant that advocacy is an extremely important component and that the world is able and days like this is very important to let them realise that they are abled. “I am very proud of my son, he achieves a lot and discovered his own abilities and that is what makes him a champion,” he added.

The International day of persons with disabilities included three special schools in Bloemfontein that treated attendees with performances and a briefing by school representatives and the university sector about their specific areas of responsibilities and support to disabled citizens. “The changes have enabled disabled people to have a more intense visit and experience of the museum. This has contributed to an increased awareness and sensitivity about the special needs of people physically challenged and more,” said Nico Avenant, from the organising committee of the National Museum.

Heidre Malgas

heidre@mahareng.co.za