‘There is life after disability’

2019-02-06 06:01
Capacity Building candidates and development coordinator Goodman Mabele are trying to show communities that there is still hope for a fulfilling life after becoming disabled. photo: PHINDILE SHOZI

Capacity Building candidates and development coordinator Goodman Mabele are trying to show communities that there is still hope for a fulfilling life after becoming disabled. photo: PHINDILE SHOZI

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THE Capacity Building Project, under the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), delivers regular capacity building workshops to members on leadership, strategic planning, sustainability, legislation, and governance.

One of the project’s goals is to promote the concept of life after disability.

Development co-ordinator Goodman­ Mabele, who heads the capacity building project, explained that the program deals with people who have been affected by spinal injuries — primarily those aren’t used to being in a wheelchair and who find it hard to cope with their new lifestyle.

“We take in people from all over KwaZulu-Natal to teach them how they can cope with being in a wheelchair. We want to show them there’s still hope, even though they won’t be the same as before,” he said.

The programme takes in new candidates each month, where they spend a whole month in a house. In addition, they have a caregiver looking after them and are given training about a variety of things, such as how they can construct a curriculum vitae and how to go about looking for a job.

“They are given basic education on how they can look after themselves now that they are wheelchair-bound,” he said.

Mabele added that this program highlights the fact that there’s life after disability and they can still achieve their goals.

“This is to give them hope that they can still achieve anything, like a person who’s not in a wheelchair can, because they can still get married, drive their own cars, and have a career,” said Mabele.

“Giving up is not an option, rather one should accept the situation they find themselves in and they must live their lives to the fullest.

“We assure people that if they choose to live in regret, a lot of good things will pass them by. They need to make the best of every situation,” said Mabele.

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