By Natalie Chiwomadzi
THE National Disability Expo which is set to raise public awareness about disability as well as mobilise people living with disabilities for social change has been slated for the 31st to the 2nd of August at the City Hall in Bulawayo.
The expo will be running under the theme ‘Ensuring Inclusion and Empowerment of persons with disabilities through Innovation and Technology #DisabilityIsOpenForInclusiveInvestments.
Addressing the media at a press conference, National Disability Expo public relations chairperson Brian Sithole said the expo will create an opportunity for members of the public and disabled people to mix and mingle.
“The expo will bring in inclusion that is having the disabled people included in every space and create then an opportunity to mingle with the public.
“We are inviting all the media houses to partner with us and chronicle such issues,” he said.
Sithole added that the Expo will also mentor people living with disabilities on such things as self-presentation, confidence building, human rights issues and how to fight and stand for themselves in society.
Speaking at the same event, special advisor in the office of the President on disability issues Joshua Malinga said disability is generally how people are treated by society and family.
“Disability is the way I am treated by society. I am born in a family not being accepted and face hostility and I am excluded in a lot of things.
“The mindset of the public disables us, our bodies and rights are violated for example disabled people are sterilised without their concern in order to prevent childbirth and these things are not done in the public,” he said.