We’re all in this together

As the country celebrated Human Rights month, a large portion of society remained deeply concerned about the apparent disregard for their vulnerability This disregard was shown by the government department responsible for the only source of income and economic stability known to them, namely the social grant beneficiaries… By now...

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WTF versus WYM

Our attitudes govern our lives, but it is the relationships we build that add spice and make it all worthwhile In recent weeks QASA proposed a “What the F***” cartoon campaign to demonstrate the frustration of people with various forms of plegias against structural inaccessibility, such as occupied disability parking...

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Ready, steady, 2017!

The year has already brought its share of triumphs and losses in the sporting world It feels like I’ve only just got back from the December holidays and it is already March! Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a quiet year so far on the sports front for...

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Scourge of the ingrown toe nail

I often see chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) patients in my clinic complaining of a sudden increase in spasticity and often the cause can be multifactorial. As I’ve noted before, it is very important to exclude some of the more common causes of increased spasticity. However, one that is often...

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Adapt those assessments

It’s important that all children reach their full potential – so how can teachers assist learners in the classroom? Children, regardless of disability, need to be able to reach their full potential at school. One of a teacher’s responsibilities is to assess a learner’s understanding and knowledge in a particular...

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True or false? Sex and spinal cord injury

For an SCI individual, the myths about sex can be particularly worrying. Counselling psychologist MARTELEZE VAN GRAAN sets out to dispel them Sexual rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries involves educating and empowering them to have a fulfilling and satisfying sexual experience – and each person’s experience is unique....

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Wanted: inspiration!

Who or what inspires you? How do you resonate with that inspiration and, more importantly, what do you do with it? When I think of people who’ve truly inspired me, not many people come to mind … but Michael Jackson was and still is the most talented and influential person...

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Tribute to a special friend

As we enter into a brand-new year, with changes happening all around us, it is helpful to reflect on the relationships built in the past, appreciate the moments shared and plot the way ahead. With all this in mind, I want to take a few moments to do just that...

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Compassion Fatigue

It’s a phenomenon that can affect all caregivers – especially those taking care of family members or loved ones. Have you ever felt so tired and despondent that you wished that your caregiving responsibilities would just go away!? And have you ever secretly wished in a moment of frustration that...

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