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Casual Day about diversity


The is day is centred around inclusion and equity for persons with disabilities

Casual Day is all about diversity and centred around inclusion and equity for persons with disabilities. File image

FRIDAY is Casual Day, an annual event that takes place on the first Friday of September each year.

Casual Day, which is centred around inclusion and equity for persons with disabilities, is all about diversity. People in the workplace can show their support for persons with disabilities by participating as a team in Casual Day.

Dorothy-Anne Howitson, chairperson of the Association of and for Persons with Disabilities in the Frances Baard District, said yesterday that the key goal of Casual Day was to build a society that not only embraced diversity but actively celebrated it.

“The constitution of South Africa enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom,” said Howitson.

She added that all able-bodied and disabled South Africans were encouraged to acknowledge and fully engage with each other, not just for a day but on an on-going daily basis, creating a culture of respect and appreciation for persons with disabilities.

“This year we challenge South Africans from all walks of life to celebrate our differences and embrace each other for our uniqueness and significance. By buying a Casual Day sticker, members of the public can become part of a puzzle of thousands of active South African citizens committed to the empowerment and upliftment of persons with disabilities.”