Reality of disabilities highlighted

2019-11-27 06:01
At the National Museum’s Special Day of Awareness, Sensitivity Training and Motivation for persons with disabilities are from the left Dr Nico Mostert, Dr Hendrik Snyders (Head of History at the National Museum) and Nielbert Mostert (visually impaired South African cycling champion).Photo: Teboho Setena

At the National Museum’s Special Day of Awareness, Sensitivity Training and Motivation for persons with disabilities are from the left Dr Nico Mostert, Dr Hendrik Snyders (Head of History at the National Museum) and Nielbert Mostert (visually impaired South African cycling champion).Photo: Teboho Setena

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Accepting the fact that their child has a learning disability and is disabled, is the first thing parents must learn in finding ways to deal with disability.

Acceptance, according to Dr Nico Mostert, is necessary for any parent to find courage to raise a child with disability.

He was addressing attendees at the National Museum’s Special Day for Persons with Disabilities, held on Friday (22/11).

Aimed at educating the public about disability, the event formed part of marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

Mostert is a proud father to Nielbert, a visually impaired, multi-talented para-cyclist and wrestler for the physically disabled. Nielbert have represented South Africa with his sporting talents.

“Many parents struggle to accept disability and the fact that there is someone in their life with disability, such as a child who is part of the family.

“The second aspect is dealing with disability as a faith issue, and the believer’s ignorance. This is called theology of disability, which is part of theology, notions of disability and impairment. The problem with it is that everyone believes and want to heal a person with disability. We are not doing that anymore,” says Mostert.

He has encouraged the public to read the Bible to learn more about the reality of disabilities.

“Disability is an enormous financial burden, and it is important to learn to come to terms with the reality.”

In attendance were non-governmental organisations and schools catering for learners with disabilities, as well as athletes with dis­abilities.

All-conquering blind runner Louzanne Coetzee, with guide Xavier Adams, also shared success stories to motivate and encourage people with disabilities.

The learners of the Martie du Plessis and Pholoho Special School showcased their talents in art exhibitions. Their participation is believed to increase awareness and sensitivity about the special needs of persons challenged physically and otherwise.

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