QASA launches “EISH” campaign

2017-05-30 06:00
The QuadPara Association of South Africa launched the “EISH” Campaign, to encourage the community to act when disability discrimination occurs.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa launched the “EISH” Campaign, to encourage the community to act when disability discrimination occurs.

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SUBSEQUENT to the article published in the Fever recently, and the high number of misuse of disable parking bays, the QuadPara Association of South Africa launched the “EISH” Campaign, to encourage the community to take action when disability discrimination occurs.

 Ari Seirlis CEO of QASA says that the campaign uses a wheelchair Lego man in various environments identifying problems and issues experienced by persons with physical disabilities.

“The word ‘EISH’ is used in South African English and Afrikaans to express exasperation or disbelief. The word was first transliterated from the Xhosa language to Afrikaans, and then into South African English.

 “The key issues and themes are: Justice, Transport, Access Parking and Employment, as people with disabilities need to be able to exist in a barrier free environment, free of infrastructure barriers, free of any limitations and discrimination.

In terms of justice, Seirlis said that access to legal support, policing agencies, the judicial system, human rights commission’s and correctional services are essential for the success and implementation of the Equality Act for people with disabilities.

He said that access to transport is a human right and inaccessible transport in South Africa is the biggest barrier facing people with physical disabilities especially wheelchair users.

In terms of parking, Seirlis said: “Universal design and accessible environments are a human right and inaccessible buildings and infrastructure in South Africa are some of the major barriers facing people with physical disabilities especially wheelchair users. “In addition, he said that no person other than a disabled person or a driver of a vehicle conveying disabled persons which motor vehicle is issued with a sticker for conveying disabled persons shall park on a parking bay reserved for disabled persons.

“QASA believes that wheelchair parking facilities, designed 3500mm wide, are for the use of wheelchair users only. This is to ensure that a wheelchair user has the required width in order to get in or out of a vehicle safely and the campaign is meant to rectify and highlight such issues.”

He said that if the community has an “EISH” moment or experience in the justice environment communicate this to QASA and QASA will investigate and follow up.

QASA will strive to remove the “EISH” from the Justice system.

To lodge a complaint, discuss an issue, seek advice and be heard contact 086 0ROLLING (086 076 5546) from Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

QASA will take note of each and every call which will allow the organisation to interrogate the issue, provide a solution, have a call to action and respond to the caller.

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