Down Syndrome South Africa (DSSA) has the pleasure of introducing Lidia Pretorius, to present in their COVID-19 webinar.

Lidia will share the lived experiences that DSSA members shared about how COVID-19 impacted persons with intellectual disabilities and families in South Africa. These experiences give DSSA the opportunity to work towards a common vision for an inclusive COVID-19 recovery through the voices of its members.

DSSA know that restoring the status quo will not “build back better” – COVID-19 has amplified barriers and systemic issues that already existed. This means that an inclusive recovery from COVID-19 will require breaking down those barriers and re-imagining our communities to make sure everyone is included.

Inclusive communities are resilient communities, and the roadmap to get there is to have the necessary advocacy tools to assist in bringing about change as told through the voices of members.

Join this webinar to learn how we can claim our rights and build back better.

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Ms Lidia Pretorius' career over the past 30 years has transcended working as a frontline rehabilitation therapist, a social justice activist, a full-time politician as Deputy Executive Mayor, a public policymaker, a rural development practitioner, and lately, disability empowerment consulting and life coaching.

Career highlights have included supporting the establishment of the Disability Programme in The Presidency (2015), as well as participatory drafting of the Disability Rights Charter (1992), the White Paper on an Integrated National Disability Strategy (1996/7), the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (1998/99) and the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2015/16).

She served on the National Commission on Special Needs in Education and Training and the SA Human Rights Commission Committees on Disability and Child Rights.

She was instrumental in drafting South Africa's Baseline Country Report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the United Nations and has participated in several international conferences and capacity building workshops on the rights of persons with disabilities.

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