A workable space

If you have a child with impaired mobility, you’ll want to ensure that their environment suits their needs – to help them not only to learn but to thrive, writes ASTRID DE LA REY One of the biggest concerns for parents who have a child with impaired mobility is that...

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Holiday hire

It’s all very well being ideally set up with all your equipment and devices at home, but what happens when you travel? Many of us wheelchair users have various pieces of equipment in our daily lives and when we have to go away on vacation or for business, we have...

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No more fly-by-nights!

South Africa is notorious for many “garage” and “pop-up” companies that sell medical devices, particularly in the wheelchair and mobility sector. As of next year these devices will be regulated. SIMON HAIFER reports The Medical Control Council (MCC) of South Africa has come to realise that the business model for...

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Sore Today – Stronger Tomorrow

Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital hosted its 16th Annual Sports Day on the 4th November 2016, showcasing and encouraging a healthy life style for people living with disabilities. The event started in 2000 and is really aimed at highlighting the positive effect that participation in physical activities and sport has on people...

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Dare to dream

Nine years ago, Joey Evans broke his back in a motorbike race. Now he is preparing to race against able-bodied riders in the Dakar Rally in January. CLAIRE RENCKEN met this indomitable character. On October 13, 2007, Joey lined up at the start of the Heidelberg Harescramble with about 20...

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Enrich your mind at Karoo National Park

The Ou Schuur Interpretive Centre in Karoo National Park is a fount of historical and biological information to fascinate and enlighten people of all ages. Regular readers of Rolling Inspiration may recall how Karoo National Park has been noted previously as an ideal stop-over destination for people driving on the...

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Helpful paws

Over the past few years, the activities in which service animals, especially dogs, are trained to assist people with mobility impairments have expanded drastically. ASTRID DE LA REY learns more It’s now become the norm for our fluffy friends to be trained in anything from assisting diabetics and children with...

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When a chair isn’t just a chair

The assumption that a “wheelchair is just a wheelchair” often leads to secondary disability, due to pressure sores, collapse of the spinal column, lung and kidney complications, amputation of limbs and sometimes even death Good seating is a very individual-specific arrangement. Factors such as age, health, medical history and functional...

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Stem cells and SCI

The environment of the spinal cord changes drastically during the first few weeks after injury. Could stem cells help? ZELMARIE GOOSEN investigates Stem cell research has been at the forefront of medical research for a few years now, and one area using the opportunity is the field of spinal cord...

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