Overstrand Association for Persons with Disabilities (OAPD) recently launched a Wheelchair Wednesday initiative with the express aim of challenging organisations and decision-makers to ride in the tracks of a wheelchair user. It is a creative way in which to focus attention on the physical challenges facing wheelchair users in their everyday life, particularly in the workplace.
The project serves three important purposes, i.e. to raise awareness, encourage community support and improve accessibility for those who are wheelchair bound. Underscoring that is the mindfulness of local structures, businesses and the public to simple matters like the importance of reserving Disabled Parking Bays for mobility impaired people.
The Overstrand Municipality remains committed to serving all its people responsibly and effectively and therefore had no hesitation in partnering with OAPD in identifying ways in which to establish greater inclusion for people with disabilities in the organisation.
Overstrand Deputy Mayor, Dudley Coetzee and Cllr Grant Cohen, along with a few officials of the Hermanus and Kleinmond offices respectively, were the first to kickstart the project on Wednesday, 10 May 2017