New venue for disability expo

The seventh annual Airports Company South Africa Disability and Special Needs Exhibition and Conference takes place from 6 to 8 October 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The new venue is close to major transport hubs including the Gautrain and Bus Rapid Transit offering greater exposure for exhibitors. 

The Expo showcases a variety of products, services,expertise and sports. The two-day conference will include topics related to the activities ofAutism South Africa; the Deaf Federation of SA; Disabled Childrens Action Group; Disabled People SouthAfrica; Down Syndrome SA; Epilepsy SA; Leonard Cheshire Disability; National Association forPersons with Cerebral Palsy; National Council for Persons with Disabilities; SA National Council forthe Blind; SA Federation for Mental Health and QuadPara.

World Championships

Two hundred bowlers from ten countries will be taking part in the International Bowls for the Disabled World Championships taking place at the Wingate Bowls Club in Pretoria. The competition runs from May 4 to 13 and will include wheelchair, cerebral palsy, postpolio, amputee andsight-impaired categories. 

The National Celebral Palsy Conference 

The National Cerebral Palsy Conference will take placein Port Elizabeth from 9-11 May 2011. The theme, Cerebral Palsy - The RuralChallenge, is intended to provide delegates with best practices and newtechniques with which to improve the lives of people affected by cerebralpalsy. CP2011 is being held at the Summerstrand Hotel. Registration is nowopen. 


On page 24 of our last edition information regarding GH Medical's products was a little confusing. Their Walkabout Posterior Supporting Gait Trainer is most popular amongst persons with cerebral palsy as it incorporates a hands free and open front design enabling users to learn normal gait patterns and strengthen the associated muscle groups. The gait trainer offers centre body support and contributes towards unsupported walking. The pelvic support ensures the gait is centrally guided through the use of a solid, weight relieving bar which moves with the normal rise and fall of the pelvis giving the user both complete comfort and direction during ambulation. The Walk about is available in five sizes, from BabyWalk to Adult (<85kg). Priced from about R16,000.

They also stock two Gait Masters (GM1 for children up to 73kg and GM2 for adults up to 100kg) equipped with dynamic weight-relief systems that assist the rise from sitting to standing, maintaining the desired support for secure mobility and independence. Lift is activated via a center lever that is easily operated with a single finger or the side of the hand. Users with multiple sclerosis and recovering from strokes will find the Gait Master an excellent aid for both walking and standing programs. Prices start at around R33,000.