ALEX – Disabled children are not items for concealment, says IO4D founder Joseph Setlhake.
The founder of Ithabeleng Organisation for Disability, Joseph Setlhake has bemoaned what he described as ‘an archaic practice’ by some parents in Alexandra who continue to lock up their disabled children inside their houses.
Speaking in an interview with Alex News during an annual Disability Awareness Day at East Bank Hall on 7 November, Setlhake said, “Disabled children are not items for concealment.” He added that disabled children were as good as their abled counterparts and also wanted to see and enjoy the world for themselves.
“If both the child and parents are not confident enough, it is the more reason why they should come and see us. We will talk to all of them and educate them to bring back and build that self-esteem.”
Setlhake wondered how these disabled children would in future be expected to participate fully in the social and economic life of this country if they did not have the confidence to face the world and its harsh challenges.
“Bring the children to Ithabeleng and we will take care of all the confidence issues that afflict them.”
Setlhake added that Disability Awareness Day was meant to educate the community at large not to ‘look at my disability but my abilities’. “There are many disabled people that have excelled in various spheres of economic life.”
Details: Ithabeleng Organisation for Disability 078 655 7326; 115 19th Avenue, Alex.
By: Sipho Siso