Empowerment remains a dream

There is still a long way to go before people with disabilities are empowered. The term “empowerment” refers to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and communities. As an action, empowerment refers to both the process of self-empowerment and the professional support, enabling people...

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Bowling for fun

Bowling is a fun activity that can assist children with disabilities improve their strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. With these adaptations to the traditional game, everyone can join in  Ball games are important for children, as they help to improve overall strength and agility, and develop hand-eye coordination and gross...

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Sex rehab

Wheelchair users might feel that they will never have intimacy or sex with a partner again. Sexual rehabilitation is just as important as physical rehabilitation. For a person newly affected by a spinal cord injury (SCI), life is all about surviving the current crisis. As the initial trauma eases and...

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An employment checklist

There are a few things companies should consider before they commit to employing people with disabilities. The employment of persons with disabilities has become an important consideration for businesses, as employers have to comply with legislation and reap the benefits that are associated with the employment of persons with disabilities....

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The sun will rise again

The reference number, 691/03/2000, is the label given to the tragedy that changed my life on March 20, 2000. It’s a number I’ll never be able to erase. It is the day I was shot and paralysed. About 18 years ago, I never imagined that my life would have turned...

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Marcel reigns supreme

  Marcel Hug has been awarded the Sportsperson with a Disability award for 2018 at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Award ceremony held in Monaco. It is no surprise that the para athlete won with all of his sporting achievements. Marcel Hug was awarded the 2018 Laureus World Sports Award...

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Oscar movie: facts or fiction

The American Lifetime channel film based on Oscar Pistorius has made headlines, but how accurate is its depiction of the South African Paralympian and Olympian sprinter?  Asking a prosthetist to review a movie about an amputee who was involved in a deadly shooting incident is not likely to produce the...

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Fruits of frustration

Frustration is inevitable when your life changes very suddenly. People with disabilities as well as caregivers should consider how they express their frustrations. As persons with disabilities, we do become frustrated with our own inabilities; at those times cute aphorisms like “otherwise enabled” do not help much. I watch rugby,...

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The effect of political change

India introduced new policies to make the country more accessible For people with disabilities. What will the current political changes in South Africa mean For South Africans with disabilities? Now is the perfect time to reflect. A political change of guard: is it for the good of a few or not so...

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