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Disability EXPO 2005

Scores of exhibitors have already signed up for South Africa's first lifestyle exhibition focusing on the disability sector.

Disability 2005, South Africa's first international trade and lifestyle exhibition focusing on the disability sector, is attracting good attention and most leading suppliers have already committed to going on to the show, according to Bette McNaughton of Fair Consultants, who are staging the exhibition.

Scheduled from 3rd to 5th November at the Kyalami Exhibition Centre, Bette says she's now confident of achieving 100 exhibitors covering a wide range of interest around the core subject.

These include: vehicle controls and adapted vehicles; supportive daily living equipment; communication aids; computer products targeted for people with disabilities; emergency medical service providers; a wide range of wheelchairs and hand-cycles as well as wheelchair accessories and clothing; other mobility aids; hearing aids; hospital furniture; patient handling devices; aids for the sight and hearing impaired; a variety of physiotherapy products and services; artificial limbs and other prosthetic devices; as well as specialised building products and sport equipment.

Companies which have already booked show space include:


  • AC Miller, Blind SA,
  • CE Mobility,
  • Chairman Industries,
  • Disability Solutions,
  • Electric Mobility,
  • Epilepsy SA,
  • Fast Pulse 77,
  • Genemax Med,
  • Good Hobby,
  • GT Centre,
  • Hands on Lifts,
  • H R Smith,
  • Huntleigh,
  • Inclusive Computer Solutions,
  • Independent Drive Systems,
  • Life Healthcare,
  • Medicare Hospital Equipment,
  • Mobility Strategy,
  • Meditronis Physical Med.,
  • Muelmed Medi-Clinic,
  • National Med,
  • Nightingale Heartcare Product,
  • Solutions Med,
  • Shorts Lifts,
  • Tempur,
  • Speech Recognition Company,
  • AA Travel,
  • City Disability Desk,
  • Barry Edy,
  • Disabled Sports SA,
  • Medop, Presta,
  • Shonaquip and Viva International.

She said the show will also now host a conference with the proposed theme of: “A Barrier-free Society – Finding the Solutions”, and a programme of topics was being finalised. Another first for the Show would be the staging of a hand-cycling race on the Kyalami circuit during the event. Time trials for competitors would take place close to the exhibition area around the pit area, and the highlight would be a road race offering 33 km and 56 km distances and using the whole circuit.

Disability 2005 was also attracting a number of NGO’s servicing the sector who would also be on display.

Rolling Inspiration and the publication’s owners, the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), will also be on show.

Backing up safely

The Auto Reverse Sensor System is a device which offers drivers an aid during the tricky business of reversing their vehicle with enhanced safety and convenience.

When fitted to a vehicle the Auto Reverse Sensor System becomes operational once you select the reverse gear. As you reverse, should you encounter an obstacle behind the vehicle, the sensors will pick it up and the unit will start beeping slowly. The closer the vehicle gets to the obstacle, the quicker the beeping sound becomes. At 0.4 meters (40 cm) from the obstacle the unit will become one continuous beep. At this point, the driver realises that he is in imminent danger of hitting an object.

The sensor has a wide detection angle, which prevents side impact collisions and boasts a detection distance of 1.3 meters. The unit connects to the vehicle’s reverse light only, therefore there is no interference with the electronics of the vehicle including any alarm system or tracking device that may be present in the vehicle. A handy control button allows the driver to adjust the sensitivity of the sensors.

The sensor unit is transferable from one vehicle to another and can be connected to cover the front and sides of a vehicle as well. The front end sensors operate directly off a switch installed into the dash board. The system is suitable for any type of vehicle and all units are covered by a two year guarantee.

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