Get Up and Boogie!!

Last year a number of readers went to Big Concerts' music events and, despite their attempts to improve accessibility, there were still problems! Thanks to everyone who wrote to us!

We contacted Big Concerts on your behalf and, as there are a number of really great artists coming out to SA during 2012, we wanted to provide them the space to reaffirm their commitment to our community. AND THEY HAVE!! We look forward to meeting with them soon, with a qualified universal accessibility accessor, and resolving some of the niggling issues such as parking and ramp heights and angles.

Please note that wheelchair seating is NOT available for purchase on line. You must go to a Computicket outlet or contact their call centre,

According to Big Concerts:

  • Il Divo Carnival City, 10 Feb - there are still tickets available in the upper level blocks K & L @ R425 including a complimentary ticket for an assistant.
  • Sting - Coca Cola Dome - 24 and 25 March - There is a disability platform. Tickets are at the lowest price, R395, and include a complimentary ticket for the assistant! There is clearly marked and accessible disabled parking at the Coca-Cola Dome.
  • Moody Blues, 10CC and Procul Harem -Coca Cola Dome-June - There is a disability platform. Tickets are at the lowest price, R350, and include a complimentary ticket for the assistant! There is clearly marked and accessible disabled parking at the Coca-Cola Dome.
  • Eagles at FNB Stadium - April- There are a variety of seating options in the stands and a range of prices - all of which include a free ticket for assistants. Parking and facilities remain a problem at the stadium but will hopefully be resolved this year!!

Thanks Big Concerts - we are looking forward to working onthis and together ensuring awesome music experiences for all South Africans.

Up and Running!

Rita Henn & Partners at the Netcare Rehabilitation hospital in Auckland Park recently made available the very first Lokomat in South Africa.

The Lokomat provides robot-assisted walking therapy for people whose ability to walk has been impaired as a result of stroke, spinal cord or braininjury and neurological or orthopaedic conditions. The Lokomat supports the user as they learn to walk again, providing a surreal walking experience andall of the associated benefits.

The user is suspended in a harness over a treadmill. The robotic frame is then strapped onto the outside of the legs. Within minutes you are up and walking with the Lokomat moving your legs for you in a natural walking pattern. A computer controls the pace and measures the body's response.

It is believed that a repetitive walking pattern (such as provided by the Lokomat) helps the brain and spinal cord to work together to re-route signals that were interrupted by injury or illness. The primary goal of robot-assisted walking therapy is to regain or improve the ability to walk, making it most appropriate for people whose ability to walk has been impaired by brain injury (includinga stroke), incomplete spinal cord injury or neurological and orthopaedic conditions such as MS and hip replacements.

As the user must have some sensation or movement in at least one major muscle group in the leg an evaluation by a Medical doctor and physiotherapist isrequired before a course

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