The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) understands that driving is a human right and Driving Ambitions is a driver training programme, offering the opportunity for people with functional limitations that need adaptations in a vehicle, to get this new-found freedom and human right of driving with the accredited driving license. Most public transport systems are not accessible for people with mobility impairments and so the opportunity to drive is another way of acquiring independence.

Driving Ambitions assesses the functional ability of persons with disabilities and trains those with sufficient ability to drive in our adapted vehicles. The Driving Ambitions program has been running successfully in Gauteng for the last 3 years and is now launched in Kwazulu Natal.

This program has shared value as the members of QASA benefit, with another service, and enhanced opportunity for employment, our grant makers and donors get excellent value from this social enterprise and the BBBEE investment, together with the public and private sector having access to this empowered database of people with disabilities for employment.

QASA has sensitised the local Traffic Department and testing stations in preparation for our candidates to be embraced in this process with an equitable environment. Let the training begin!

For further information on Driving Ambitions please visit www.qasa.co.za or contact us on 0860 ROLLING (0860 765 5464)

QASA and QAK staff has some PUBLIC SPEAKING training

For many people, public speaking is one of their greatest fears. Whether we’re talking in a team meeting or presenting in front of an audience, we all have to speak in public from time to time. We can do this well or we can do this badly and the outcome strongly affects the way we are perceived. This is why public speaking causes so much anxiety and concern. The good news is that with thorough preparation and practice, you can overcome your nervousness and perform exceptionally well. QASA staff attended a one-day Basics of Public Speaking training course at the QASA Head Office in Gilletts. They learned how to present a speech, make eye contact, and have vocal variety and good body language. There is good reason why the saying “Practice makes perfect!” is a good motto. Thank you to Gail Nothard from Spice Consulting for conducting the training. 

Dave Barr visits Quasar Self-help Centre

It is normally said that it is a great achievement for any man to perform extraordinary acts, but this thing becomes of more importance when this is done in the presence of a major disability. Dave Barr has lost both his legs as a result of a landmine explosion. Dave and his team recently visited the residents of Quasar Trust, a self-help centre for quadriplegics in Parow, while on their Cape Town leg of the motorcycle tour. The afternoon was spent having lively conversation in the braai room of the well-established house.  The residents of the house and the team members of the Chutzpah tour, who is accompanied by journalists, exchanged stories and well wishes.  From the residents and staff of Quasar Trust, “Thumbs up to you Dave, you’re a man who does not talk the talk, but walk the talk.”

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