Dr Diane Bell, Director of Academic Affairs at USB Executive Development (USB-ED), has recently been accepted on the Presidential Working Group on Disability.
His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, in his Policy and Budget Vote Speech on 23 July 2014, announced the establishment of a new Presidential Working Group on Disability “which will enable the Presidency to champion and monitor the work of government departments and society in creating a better life for persons with disability”.
Dr Bell, with a PhD in Education, is the founder of the first Disability Unit at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is serving a second term on the Executive Committee of Higher and Further Education Disability Services Association (HEDSA). She is also a board member of the National Institute of the Deaf (NID) and a Trustee of the Carel du Toit Centre. She has vast knowledge and experience in the field of disability within the South Africa context, amongst being a parent to a daughter with a profound hearing impairment.
She will be one of 45 members who will meet annually in Pretoria, prior to the National Disability Rights Awareness Month. The purpose of this group is to move South Africa forward through empowered and inclusive communities that uphold the rights of persons with disabilities to equality, dignity and self-reliance.