Managing the risk of diabetes

Because of their sedentary lifestyle, wheelchair users may battle with diabetes. Janene Sacks provides some insight into managing the disease Diabetes affects the body’s ability to make or use insulin properly. Type 1 diabetes is often a condition from birth in which the body doesn’t produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes...

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No more queues for meds

From clothing to bread, online stores make it possible to get all the necessities delivered to your door. Now pharmacies are giving customers the same easy access to medication There is nothing as frustrating as standing in a queue – especially when you are in a hurry or tired after...

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Choose the right chair

Technology in wheelchair design and advances in new-age materials have revolutionised the industry. LIANA SHAW looks into the advantages of a lightweight chair and what to consider when making a purchasing decision It is commonly accepted that a lightweight chair is easier to propel, manoeuvre transport and store than a...

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Home adaptation could put you out of pocket

The cost of adapting a home to provide wheelchair users with greater access, independence and security can be prohibitive. LIANA SHAW looks into basic requirements based on universal design principles and whether medical aids are prepared to foot the bill When it comes to aids in the home, Ari Seirlis,...

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Discreet bathroom solutions

Not everyone feels confident or comfortable with carrying an exposed leg bag or catheter, even though it is completely normal. Fortunately there are many ways to carry your bathroom necessities discreetly. After a spinal cord injury, many people struggle with bladder and bowel control. Aside from the challenges of managing...

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Start your impossible with Toyota

As the worldwide partner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toyota is on a quest to inspire and mobilise athletes through innovative mobility solutions and by appointing local para athletes as ambassadors to share their stories When Japan was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,...

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Gautrain Management Agency gives back

While empowering passengers with accessible and reliable services, Gautrain also aims to empower communities by supporting care programmes and people with disabilities. MARISKA MORRIS visits a Gautrain Management Agency beneficiary to learn more In the unassuming Alexandra Disability Movement compound, bordering Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, sits the Pillsbury Childcare Centre, a...

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Flying the coop

For wheelchair users who want to leave their family home but are not quite ready to live on their own, there are some alternative housing options There are various reasons to consider assisted living or self-help centres, whether it is to gain better access to education or the formal labour...

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A farewell from Ari Seirlis

Former QASA CEO Ari Seirlis takes a last graceful bow in his farewell letter, with the disability community showing its appreciation for this incredible man who has dedicated his life so far to serving people with disabilities It’s unusual for an NGO to have a CEO for overly long, yet...

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