Looking ahead

South Africa participated in this year’s 2016 Universal Design Conference in York, UK. Held from August 21 to 24, the conference’s theme was “Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future”. The South African representation was strong, with a total of five delegates in attendance, offering three presentations and participating...

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Festive fun

This month we take a break from our series on Activities of Daily Living and focus on creating some festive decorations and treats Salty Dough Star Ornaments This easy recipe for festive star ornaments is a fun way to get children involved in the kitchen and develop their fine motor...

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Asked and answered

Among other considerations, people with spinal cord injury have questions about one of our most important human behaviours – sex! Spinal cord injury almost inevitably affects sexual behaviour, because sexual response often depends on “messages” travelling via the spinal cord, and SCI can block those messages. But although SCI presents...

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The great cholesterol debate

How do cholesterol levels affect persons living with spinal cord injury (SCI)? The health management of individuals newly affected by SCI, along with better long-term follow-up care (particularly that of the bladder), has made a significant positive difference to their average life expectancy. This has resulted in a shift in...

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No special treatment

Making special learnership arrangements in the workplace for people with a disability might not be as helpful as you might expect South African Employers for Disability recently held a workshop where delegates examined the issues of transformation, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. There were some fascinating inputs, but one...

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Proactive patience

The virtues of grace, compassion and empathy are invaluable, but they also need to be accompanied by calm perseverance. In previous articles I have encouraged caregivers to show compassion and grace when working with clients. But it’s time to talk about the practical application of these mind-sets! I want to...

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An ethical culture

QASA is not only an efficiently run organisation; it also puts human rights at the forefront of its activities. All organisations have ethical frameworks that influence the manner in which they operate. It is their way of how they go about their business. This way of doing things gets carried...

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My sister was a dynamic leader

Throughout my career I’ve come across all sorts of managers. Few have made a huge and profound difference in my life, but others are unforgettable… For centuries, philosophers have been pondering the concept of leadership, and capturing our imaginations with their thoughts on the ideals of leadership. It’s the process...

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Trusting the process

How you get through difficult times in your life will largely be determined by whether you can reach for your courage, or whether you turn away. It is vital to keep your mind and body as strong as possible. Eat well, exercise and allow yourself plenty of sleep. Even if...

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