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#ChampionPeople: Professor Amina Sindile Amina Ngubane – the woman who wants to destigmatise disabilities

by Zahid Jadwat

As a researcher of education accessibility for students with disabilities, Professor Sindile Amina Ngubane wants to normalise disability in society.

 

She is currently a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Open Distance Learning in Unisa and focuses her research on the accessibility of education for students with various disabilities.

 

“The Constitution talks about accessibility and addressing the injustices of the past,” she says. “Therefore, we must open access and encourage people to come and get educated but there’s always been an issue that, when [disabled] people come into the university, they cannot access lecture halls and they cannot access their online platforms.”

 

Professor Sindile Amina Ngubane was featured on The Ashraf Garda Show on Salaamedia. You can watch the full interview here. You can listen to The Ashraf Garda Show on Salaamedia every weekday from 8am to 10am SAST.

 

As an advocate for people with disabilities, Ngubane laments over the fact that people still perpetuate the stigma that is often attached to people with disabilities. She said: “Some people believe that their parents were cursed and that’s why they had a child with a disability. They they have not understood that Allah creates how He likes.”
“We need to have a society where we see each other as equal, so that we can learn from each other’s resilience [and] we learn from each other’s skills.”
Ngubane added that a lot needs to be done in order to accommodate people with disabilities since the system is designed to cater for people without disabilities.
Watch the full interview here:
https://youtu.be/I6589puKsbM

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