Celebrating the differently-abled

2018-12-11 06:00
PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZIT’shinga College students Aidan Jewitt, Calen Tarpey, Tao de Chalain, Storm Hill, Londiwe Kunene , Chad Watterson, and Robin Dekker.

PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZIT’shinga College students Aidan Jewitt, Calen Tarpey, Tao de Chalain, Storm Hill, Londiwe Kunene , Chad Watterson, and Robin Dekker.

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A DISABILITY does not define a person, rather it just means that the person affected needs to be given more attention to realise their full potential.

This is according to Founder of T’shinga College Belinda Padbury, who shared her insight on people with special needs as the world commemorated the International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3.

“People think having a disability is an inability to do things which that is not true at all,” she said.

“T’shinga College is a place where we develop and nurture the potential of young people with special needs, preparing them for life.”

Padbury explained that living with a disability doesn’t mean you’re not a human being, but you just need a little bit more attention to make you realise what you are really interested in and what’s best for you.

“If they are given the chance to prove to the world what they are capable of, the public will realise that they are also people like them but the only difference is that they need someone to give them love and attention,” she said.

She further said that her students all have their own strengths and abilities. “If anything, their disability has given them more determination as they have more challenges to deal with,” said Padbury.

Padbury mentioned that two of her students will be swimming the Midmar Mile in February: “This also proves that, if given a chance to show what they are capable of, they do it with passion.”

“We don’t use the label ‘disability’ as everyone is uniquely-able, differently-abled. People who are differently-abled just want to be accepted and treated equally, like anyone else,” said the founder.

In conclusion, Padbury advised that people should look for the “able” in people not the “label”. “The only disability is a person’s negative perception of others,” she said.

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