The Umsobomvu Youth Fund is to launch a 'Take a Disabled person to work' week. The campaign is expected to kick off early next year and will include various organisations that work with people with disabilities. The Youth Fund says it's also negotiating with the 2010 Local Organising Committee to put 15000 young people into volunteer programmes. These young people will be trained in first aid, security, crowd control and merchandising entrepreneurship.
Umsobomvu hopes to raise awareness that people with disabilities can play a big role in the economy. It will be modelled after the 'take a girl-child to work' day. "We'll be running focus groups with young people with disabilities so that they can tell us what they think should happen to make our products and services more accessible to them," says Malose Kekana, Umsobomvu CEO. But training people without a placement plan is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Kekana wants to change this and train young people for specific positions.