Entrepreneurship: a pipe dream?

Self-employment is a means to earn a living and offers more independence and flexibility. But is it a realistic option for the 99 percent of unemployed South Africans with disabilities? Being an entrepreneur can be liberating for many people. However, it comes with its own challenges, especially if you’re an...

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Unfree on Freedom Day

Can we really find a reason to celebrate Freedom Day, asks Lebohang Monyatsi, when so many people with disabilities are still unable to access their basic freedoms? On April 27, South Africans celebrated Freedom Day. This year marked 24 years of democracy; however, the majority of persons with disabilities are...

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Daring to date

Dating can be daunting, especially for a person who has recently suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI). Yet, with the right attitude and a little confidence, you can go from friend zone to your happily-ever-after place As a person with an SCI, it can seem pointless to talk about sex...

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Employing people with disabilities is just good business

Employers can earn points on their Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard by employing people with disabilities, which translates into financial benefits and tax allowances. Employing people with disabilities could assist companies in achieving their ideal BBBEE status! Companies are required to have people with disabilities constitute 7,5 percent of...

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A winner not a victim

Clive McDonald is a former patient of HG Prosthetics who now motivates other patients struggling to accept their disability. Clive shares his story Who knows what Fate has in store for us with the dawning of each new day? In my case, the day started off fairly normal, with a...

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Innovators and facilitators

With a team of specialists to put the body back together, wheelchair users can be mobile and healthy. But it’s the humble occupational therapist who assists spinal cord injury (SCI) patients to live a fulfilling life. An SCI is a catastrophic life-changing event that impacts on every facet of daily...

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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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