Issue Contents - 2007 May/Jun

Articles

HOTspot News - Back-up with Digidoor

Local company Hydrodoor has developed a remote-controlled garage door motor which incorporates a back-up battery. This feature ...

HOTspot News - SEMBLE-IT swing-out shelves

Another brilliant home product for wheelchair users is the swing-out shelf. The shelf is mounted on two curved swing arms attached ...

HOTspot News - Ufudo Petrol wheelchair

The Ufudo is a unique, petrol powered wheelchair. It has been developed to cater specifically for the needs of rural paraplegics ...

HOTspot News - Humanitarian Aid death trap

Humanitarian aid organisations supplying "garden" type wheelchairs into Africa are unwittingly creating potential death traps for ...

Rebates on adapted vehicles for the disabled

Buying a vehicle for a disabled driver or passenger attracts a duty rebate that could shave thousands of rands off the vehicle ...

Nurturing wonderful children

Over the years, Hope School has produced some of the country's foremost sportspeople. However, it has provided an environment for ...

Don't treat me differently!

Even though he trucks around in a wheelchair, Ryan McConnachie is making his own significant contribution to the Human Story.

OTASA Congress 2007

The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) is hosting its 31st national congress from 4 to 6 July 2007 at the ...

Girl Power

At last year's IPC World Swimming Championships held in Durban, South African swimming stars Shareen Sapiro and Handri de Beer each ...

UK's Horsley wins Nedbank Open

Cape Town, 17 May 2007: Mick Horsley, one of Britain's top disabled golfers won the Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open at Erinvale with ...

UN Disability Rights Convention

81 member countries have become the first states to sign and ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ...

Just let go

Lesley Metcalf will not skip her yoga class under any circumstance. She's 62 now and she's been doing yoga on and off from the age ...

Eye Patch Golf Challenge

When 22 year-old golf fanatic Danie Calitz was hit in the eye by a stone while practicing two years ago, he gained a whole new ...

Disabled Flyfishing Bonanza

Disability is more a motivation for two disabled Lowvelders who bagged three of the biggest prizes at the 11th Annual ...

ROAD TEST - A3 gets A plus

We get our calloused hands on a virtually new 2007 two-litre Audi A3 FSI Tiptronic, and suddenly aspire to join that elite group of ...

Alive with magic

Cerebral Palsy has not stymied Jessica Sander's dream to lead a normal, active life. She's now a pupil at a mainstream school and ...

Announcement of Squads

The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD) has announced the squads that will go to the All Africa ...

QASA News - Know your Rights

One of QASA's roles is informing its members of the basic rights and obligations of people with disabilities. QASA has launched a ...

QASA News - Able-Disabled Art Exhibition

QASA and Josephs' Incorporated Attorneys will once again stage the Annual Able-Disabled Art Exhibition to create knowledge about ...

QASA News - Drainage bag brackets

These new lightweight, impact-resistant moulded ABS plastic drainage bag clamps are designed to replace the cumbersome metal frames ...

New Coach for Eagles

Leon Fleiser's latest gig is to keep the Discovery Eagles wheelchair basketball team playing at the top of its game.

Columnists

Durban's International Conference Centre impresses

Durban has just celebrated the opening of its ICC Arena. It is an extension of the existing ICC which forms part of a complex of ...

Prescribed Minimum Benefits for disabilities

Some time ago I discussed medical aid funding for the treatment of conditions that result in participation and mobility impairment. ...

Medics to refuse Treatment?

A recent legal case that will be of interest to people with disabilities concerns the possibility of doctors refusing to treat ...

Racing Wheelchairs

Racing wheelchairs have undergone huge developments over the last 20 years, greatly improving race times achieved by wheelchair ...

Switches and Assessment - Part 2

Why use switches? Consider this: A person with a severe physical disability needs help from the moment

Disabled Athletics

Athletics were introduced at the Paralympic Games in 1960. Today, both field and track events have become very popular amongst ...

Can I Be With An Able-Bodied Partner?

Gary Karp is a T12 paraplegic and is a writer, editor, speaker and advocate for disability issues. He lives in san Francisco with ...

Flying with hand luggage

Beware! Some of the stuff you carry onto an airliner in your hand luggage might be construed as a possible highjack threat and ...

The BEST is yet to come - from Beijing!

Andy Scott is a former Paralympian who has remained loyal to the cause even after his retirement from top level competition. He was ...

STOP marking time!

"Markeer die pas" - that's the military order (in Afrikaans) to mark time, or march in place. Did I do plenty of that in the South ...