Rolling Positive is based on the principle of Peer Support and Peer Training. We identify suitable people with disabilities to undergo training as Peer Supporters and educate peers, through a national QASA program funded by the Global Fund, to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS/STIs/TB infection among people with disabilities.
Jacques Lloyd, who is assisting Rolling Positive, is optimistic. "During recent two day workshops we identified potential candidates who will undergo further training as Peer Supporters. The follow-up, AdvancedSkills training, equips learners with skills to provide education, counselling and support for other people with disabilities."
"The program has been well received by the participants and has created an eagerness to become involved in their respective communities. Not only did this program succeed in its aim, to provide the necessary information but everyone was inspired by the possibilityof being able to motivate and educate other people in their communities The overall feeling was one of hope and a better financial future."
"I believe that this program can make a huge difference in the lives of people living with disabilities to be able to protect themselves and educate their peers regarding the dangers of HIV/AIDSand related illnesses. I want to challenge one and all to become part of this great opportunity to help others and, at the same time, empower themselvesfinancially by assisting in the roll-out of this exciting program. I am proud to be involved with the QASA family's vision to increase their outreach to the broader community of disabled people in our country."
September 2: Casual Day - unleash your inner rock star by dressing up as musician, rockstar or music groupie. South Africa's foremost fundraising event for persons with disabilities raised a record R18,026,000 in 2010! Thank you somuch to each and everyone who supported Casual Day by wearing the Casual Daysticker in support of persons with disabilities. Your contribution helped someone to receive a wheelchair, a hearing aid, a guide dog or even a plate offood.
September 8: This year's RuDASA Rural Health Conference, entitled "Making Primary Health Care Better', will be taking place from 8-10 September 2011, and will be held in the village of Rhodes near Barkly East in the Eastern Cape. The conference will be focusing on primary health care and its integration into district systems, as well as on the role of the multidisciplinary team in primary health care. There will also be many practical skills sessions and research presentations as well as a track for student interest and rural health advocacy. For the first time there will be a dedicated rehab and disability track geared towards rural rehab professionals, which is an exciting development for the rural health conference! This is an event not to be missed.
September17: Walk4Wheels. Craig Sieben leaves on a journey through Africa, generating awareness around the needs of differently-abled people – 15 countries, 222 days, 16000km.
October 6: The annualAirports Company South Africa Disability and Special Needs Exhibition andConference at the Sandton Convention Centre. Access and Mobility Conference: This year's Conference will againfocus on Transport and Accessibility, the largest inhibitors preventing people with disabilities from participating in the mainstream economy and society. How are people with disabilities accommodated within the Department of Transport's policy and strategy? The two-day conference takes place on 6 and 7 October. Day One will focus on all factors related to mobility, transport and access, withthe second day exploring health, wellbeing and entrepreneurship. A programme of sport and leisure activities demonstrated by people with various disabilities will be presented. Many mainstream sports have been adapted to work in the disability world such as wheelchair basketball, tennis and rugby and some of these will feature at ACSA Disability 2011.