SABC Education is proud to launch Life Begins after Coffee, a heart-warming actuality series which explores ableism in society and how unconscious bias affects persons with disabilities.
This six-part series which follows the lives of seven people whom each have their own disability will air from the 6th of April on SABC 2 at 18h00.
Lesego Modutle, the host of the docu-reality, says Life Begins after Coffee allowed her to learn about the acute challenges faced by persons with disabilities.
"My own preconceived notions were challenged but my biggest learning is; reach out and recognize that it may be us, people, without disabilities, who need to learn to communicate in unconventional modes"
The series shows how job creation for people with intellectual and physical challenges can help build an inclusive society, but more importantly, give people with disabilities some dignity and self-worth.
“15% of people globally are classified disabled, and most people will develop some form of disability in their lifetime yet disability in South Africa is brushed under the carpet,” said Meggan Raubenheimer, producer and director of Life Begins after Coffee. “We as a society still stigmatise depression and other intellectual and physical disabilities.”
Surekha Singh, Commissioning Editor adds, Having worked quite closely with the team to shape the creative and editorial, this is a first for SABC Education in terms of a creating an original format and real-life character offering to South Africans audiences.
Danie Swart ends, SABC Education involved relevant stakeholders from the disability organisations and is confident that this series will allow viewers to interrogate their own stigma when it comes to disabilities and also become more inclusive in all areas of life.
You can watch Life Begins after Coffee on SABC 2 at 18h00 from Saturday the 6th of April