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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Losing your mind about losing a limb

Xenomelia, or foreign limb syndrome, is a condition where an otherwise healthy person has the dysphoric feeling that one of their limbs does not belong to them. This condition is also characterised by the intense desire to amputate the healthy limb. I’m sure many of us sometimes stare at ourselves...

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The time is now

Another Paralympic Games has come and gone, and now we’re preparing for Tokyo 2020. Hopefully some new stars will come through and make a name for themselves The next four years leading up to 2020 will be a challenging time. The rest of the world is investing heavily in para-sport...

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Dem bones, dem dry bones…

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is frequently accompanied by joint problems, but these can often be overcome with careful management and exercise. The so-called “over-use syndromes” seen in SCI are widely known. Both in paraplegia and in independently functioning tetraplegics, the upper limb becomes the remaining functioning unit, and therefore the...

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Board (not Bored!) Games

Playing games helps children discover their abilities and the world around them. Here are some games that can be played and modified to accommodate a range of needs. Board games are important for developing many skills, including number and shape recognition grouping and counting letter recognition and reading visual perception...

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#Disablism Must Fall

Has our Constitution and various other pieces of legislation failed our citizens with psychosocial disabilities? We have the White Paper Rights of Persons with Disabilities; we have the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. We have our Constitution. But February 1, 2017 should be regarded as South Africa’s...

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Sex and the SCI

Spinal cord injury (SCI) can disrupt an individual’s sex life, but with rehab and an informed approach, the obstacles can be overcome Sexuality, in general, describes how a person goes about expressing himself or herself as a sexual being. Sexuality and sexual expression are an integral part of a person’s...

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Giving it your all

It’s important to recognise your talent and abilities, and to nurture and develop them. I have learnt a great deal over the years. For example, live your life to the full every moment, because you don’t know what could happen in the next hour. Lots has changed since my car...

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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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