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Government have failed to include disabled children in the Act

The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPD) has called on the South African government to prioritise disabled children in the legislation.

Currently the Children’s Act hardly accommodates disabled children especially in regards to healthcare and education.

The Citizen reported that almost 600,000 disabled children do not have access to schools and they will remain a marginalised group until prioritised by the government.

The deputy-director of Equal Education Law Centre said they are relieved that during his State of the Nation Address, president Cyril Ramaphosa said that they will prioritise policies for children, but government need to commit to the implementation.

NCPD’s Andre Kalis is concerned that there is no mandate to develop a strategy and the minister of social development has no legal obligation to do anything until such time that there is one.