Onwards to a barrier-free society

Everyone needs to work together to eliminate the barriers that are preventing people with disabilities from fully participating in their community Whenever I’m confronted with the need to define disability or to justify my position in society as a person with a disability, I am faced with a dilemma. Do...

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Tough competition at the World Para Athletics Championship

At the first major Paralympic competition in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, South Africa walks away with 15 medals So, the first major Paralympic Competition post-Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has just finished. The World Para Athletics Championships (note the new name – previously IPC Athletics World Championships)...

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Crossing the midline

Teaching a child to cross their midline is crucial in developing their handwriting, as well as their reading and hand-eye coordination. Use these fun exercises to improve their bilateral coordination When you hear the term ‘midline’, think about an invisible line drawn from the head to the toes that separates...

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Making a mountain out of SCI

It is important not to allow a spinal cord injury (SCI) to prevent a healthy sexual relationship Sexuality, at its core, refers to a relationship between two people. This means that both parties bring something to the partnership. Focusing on one side of the relationship can never give a full...

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Feeling Free?

South Africa celebrates Freedom Day each year, but we cannot be a free country if there’s no inclusion of all races, genders, ages and people with disabilities. South Africa’s calendar is peppered with days of commemoration. Religious holidays and days with political significance are usually celebrated in the form of...

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Food for thought!

People with mobility impairments have specific dietary needs that must be taken into consideration to ensure their wellbeing – and this involves more than just watching their weight and fluid intake To find out more I chatted to Charlene Grimsehl, a dietitian at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Johannesburg, where...

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