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Driving schools for persons with disabilities in South Africa

Persons with disabilities can live independently. As part of independent living, being able to get from Point A to Point B is also an important factor. Below are some of the driving schools around South Africa that can assist with this.

Gauteng Driving School Area Contact number(s) Adapted vehicle Website
Driving Ambitions – QASA Gauteng 031 767 0352/48  or 0860 ROLLING Yes http://qasa.co.za/driving-ambitions/
Disability Driving Academy Johannesburg 082 538 5229 Yes  
Thupelo Drving School Pretoria 012 771 7500 or 082 483 7229 Yes https://www.thupello.co.za/home
Protea Driving School Pretoria 012 328 5222 Yes https://www.proteadrivingschool.co.za/
Godfrey’s Advanced Driver’s Academy Johannesburg 011 985 0497 or 082 451 7897   http://www.gadacademy.co.za/
Professional Driving Academy of South Africa Pretoria 012 998 3910 or 082 683 9292 No http://www.prodrive.co.za/
Approved Driving Instruction Randburg 011 792 5353 or 082 977 5636 No http://adidrivingschool.co.za/
Northern Province HTM Polokwane 015 291 5557 or 083 256 1704 Yes https://www.htm.nl/english/
Eastern Cape Coega Driver Training Program Port Elizabeth 041 404 7300 No http://www.coega.co.za/Content3.aspx?objID=214
KwaZulu-Natal Driving Ambitions – QASA Durban 031 767 0352/48 or 0860 ROLLING Yes http://qasa.co.za/driving-ambitions/
Dees Driving School Durban 031 202 0202 or 082 44 6585 Yes http://www.deesdrivertraining.co.za/
Easy way Driving School North Coast 035 772 2829 or 072 235 0928 Yes http://www.easywayonline.co.za/
City Driving School Pietermaritzburg 083 778 0160 Yes  
Western Cape Quad Para Association Cape Town 021 975 6078 or 076 122 1263 Yes http://qasa.co.za/driving-ambitions/
He and She Driving School Cape Town 021 931 8214 No https://www.heandshedrivingschool.co.za/
Anton and Tanya Driving School Cape Town 021 976 9877 or 082 894 7182/3 Yes http://www.anton.tanya.co.za/
Mbumba Driving School Cape Town 083 344 1057 Yes  
Durbanville Driving School Cape Town 021 976 7900 or 072 185 9299 No http://durbanvilledrivingschool.co.za/
Cravenby Driving School Cape Town 021 932 2938 or 083 700 3395 No  
Automatic and Disability Driving Cape Town 074 68 5927 or 064 177 0929 Yes

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Safe driving!

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The illusion of disability

It is human nature to look for things that are not present. We tend to see what we do not have instead of what we do have. It is also within societal norms to analyse situations, people and phenomena on what is lacking instead of what is present. Most of us have experienced some form of discrimination due to this type of thinking. You are either too young, too old, the wrong ethnic group, social class or seen as a liability due to your disability.

In academia, many theorists such as Amartya Sen’s Capability approach and the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) have argued for looking at what is present within a persons (i.e. their capabilities or functionings) and how society plays a role in either enabling or disabling a person in participating in everyday life. This argues that a person’s inability to participate in everyday activities are not solely influenced by their medical condition. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in different sectors such as education and employment have been a priority worldwide. The initiatives taken by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and supporting organisations from around the world have lead to many breakthroughs in transforming a more inclusive society.

However, due to our inherent way of thinking about what is absent instead of what is present, this has been a challenge still. Although it is important to acknowledge change in policies for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, the implementation thereof now needs to be addressed. Policies are only on paper and for real transformation to happen, people and society’s way of thinking also need to change. Many role players such as organisations and policy makers have lobbied for including persons with disabilities but they cannot enforce change by themselves and need the assistance of persons like you and me.

That being said, it would require us to go against our inherent way of thinking on what is absent, rather than on what is present. On this note, we refer to the image below of an optical illusion that has been widely used. We are all familiar with optical illusions. As children, we often played with optical illusions, which many scientists have argued develops our brain’s perception. At first glance an optical illusion shows you one image but upon closer inspection one could see another image, sometimes even more beautiful than the one seen at first glance. This way of looking at one image from a different angle in order to uncover another image also needs to happen within the transformation of disability inclusion.

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When looking at how disability is sometimes still assessed within different sectors where inherent thinking of absenteeism is present, often companies looks at what it would cost them (i.e. what they will lose) to include a person with a disability rather than focusing on how this inclusion could contribute to the company (i.e. what would be gained). Educational institutions are also sometimes guilty of this when they first think towards cost of inclusion rather than what would be gained.

Building onto this argument, a practical example could be given. If an accountant falls and breaks his/her arm, does that consequentially impact his/her ability to fulfill his/her role as an accountant? Most people will argue “No, he/she would be able to adapt and still fulfill his/her role as required”. If, within the same company, an accountant applies for a position but he/she is in a wheelchair, would that consequentially impact his/her ability to fulfill his/her role as an accountant? Now, the answer often does not come so easy with many people. Suddenly the ability to adapt to fulfill the role required does not seem so possible. This is but one example to consider but there are many more like this, within different sectors and different scenarios.

As stated before, it is human nature to look for what is absent rather than what is present but for true transformation of inclusion of persons with disabilities to succeed, we need to rethink our own way of thinking by starting to focus on what is present and not what is absent. Referring back to the image of optical illusion used earlier, when we change our way of thinking about the ability within a person rather than the disability, we might just be able to uncover an image that is more beautiful than the one we saw first.

Photo credit: World For All Campaign (Photographer Amol Jadhav)

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Disability Awareness: Deaf or Hearing Impaired (Animated Video)

Inform@bility is aimed at providing information on disability-related topics to persons with disabilities and their families. In doing so, it is also aimed at raising awareness on disability and the related challenges faced by persons with disabilities and their families.

In order to understand these challenges, persons that do not have lived experience might need to be sensitized on experiences of persons with disabilities.

Below is a short film on the experience of a person with a hearing impairment:

Credit: Jason Marino & Craig Kitzmann

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Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities often struggle to access the same opportunities as their peers. However, as South Africa, and the rest of the world become more aware of the capabilities of persons with disabilities, more and more opportunities are becoming prevalent. Below are a few that are available:

Training opportunities for persons with disabilities

Entrepreneurship and Basic computing

Email CV to info@lesibahcs.co.za
Use reference on subject : May_D

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Learnership opportunities for persons with disabilities

Business Practice

An opportunity exists for 16 learners with disabilities to join a business practice learnership in Cape Agulhas. Please contact rjrossforensics@gmail.com

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Employment opportunities for persons with disabilities

Department of Home Affairs

People with disabilities are requested to forward their CVs for attention of Mr Caiphus Mahumani, who can be reached at (012) 406 2891 and email caiphus.mahumani@dha.gov.za and Mr Reggie Ditsele who can be contacted at (012) 406 4009 and email Reginald.Ditsele@dha.gov.za.

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QASA is assisting people who are paraplegic and quadriplegic with employment. For more information you can e-mail projectcoordinator@qasa.co.za.

Read more:

http://www.rollinginspiration.co.za/let-qasa-help-find-employment

Vacancy:

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (The SA National Council for the Blind (SANCB))

Closing Date: Friday, 1 June 2018.

Should you meet these requirements, please email your CV to cv@asie.co.za, Ref: SANCB Director

Read more:

https://www.facebook.com/SADA-South-African-Disability-Alliance-1400539236884527/

Entrepreneurship opportunities for persons with disabilities

If you have a disability and own a business that complies with the requirements below, please register on the National Treasury Database for procurement purposes.

Go to https://secure.csd.gov.za/ to register your company on the National Treasury database. Government across all departments requires that you are registered and that all your documents are up to date before they can do business with you.

And while you are on the net, go to http://www.etenders.gov.za/ to track government tenders your company might qualify for.

Read more:

https://www.facebook.com/SADA-South-African-Disability-Alliance-1400539236884527/

Sources: South African Disability Alliance and Rolling Inspiration Magazine

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The year ahead

So for the past few months we have been a bit quiet as we have been exploring different topics related to disability. Please read our stories on traveling as a person with a disability in the US, new technologies that could assist persons with disabilities as well as new research on disability-related topics. Remember to also, if you have not yet make use of our Disability Awareness Calendar for 2018.

Let us make this year the best one so far for disability advocacy.

 

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DeMYTHing the disability label further

In last week’s article we started speaking about the label debate of what persons with disabilities are called and what myths go along with these labels. To continue this series of articles further, this week we will look at persons with various disabilities that may find it difficult to communicate. We give easy guidance on what to do and what not to do.

These types of disabilities might be more common as many main stream schools might accept children with these disabilities. There might then be a need then to not only sensitise the staff but also fellow students, on how to communicate better with persons with these types of disabilities. Below we discuss some of the most common ones that can be a good guide to start with:

People with speech disabilities

A person who has had a stroke, is deaf, uses a voice prosthesis or has a stammer or other type of speech disability may be difficult to understand.

  • Do give the person your full attention.
  • Do repeat what they said if you are not sure you understood.
  • Do ask him/her to write down or suggest another way of facilitating communication.
  • Do use a quiet environment to make communication easier.
  • Do pay attention, be patient, and wait for the person to complete a word or thought.
  • Don’t be afraid to communicate with someone who uses pen and paper, an alphabet board or a computer that speaks.
  • Don’t tease or laugh at a person with a speech disability.
  • Don’t interrupt or finish the person’s sentences.

People with learning disabilities

Learning disabilities are lifelong disorders that interfere with a person’s ability to receive, express or process information.

  • Do give them verbal explanations and allow extra time for reading.
  • Do ask the person how you can best relay information.
  • Do keep communication simple.
  • Do allow the person time to tell or show you what he or she wants.
  • Do give extra time for the person to process what you are saying and to respond.  Look for signs of stress and/or confusion.
  • Don’t be surprised if you tell someone very simple instructions and he requests that you write them down.

People with autism

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects a person’s social and communication skills.

  • Do be patient and understanding.
  • Do keep in mind that they may seem anxious or insecure due to living in a world that misunderstands them.
  • Do keep in mind that everyone is different. These issues will vary from person to person.
  • Don’t get offended by people with autism asking a lot of questions. 
  • Don’t get offended by their communication style which could be frank, honest and matter of fact.
  • Don’t expect eye contact.
  • Don’t speak down to them.
  • Don’t talk too loudly or yell at them.
  • Don’t touch them without warning.
  • Don’t assume that they lack empathy or emotion.

Remember to keep an eye out for more of these articles all form part of a series in preparation of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December

Sources:

https://www.unitedspinal.org

http://ability360.org

https://www.uua.org

https://autismum.com

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Google local guides helping people with disabilities

This month there were various  international disability days i.e. World Osteoporosis Day (20 October), World Polio Day (24 October), World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day (25 October) and World Stroke Day (29 October).

All of these types of disabilities could lead to certain accessibility needs. As a follow-up on the article posted on 18 October 2017, it is good to note what successes have been achieved through Google Local Guides to assist with the accessibility needs of persons with disability. These include that 7 million people joined the effort (0,1% of the total world population). These local guides assisted in answering 51 million accessibility questions of 12 million places globally.

This is great progress in addressing accessibility needs of persons with disability although even more local guides are needed to be able to assist the estimated 700 million people with disabilities.

Below are some videos of testimonies of how the local guides helped people with disabilities get information on accessible places.

Read more on how to get involved and become a local guide:

https://support.google.com/local-guides/answer/6225851?hl=en

 

 

 

 

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Using Google Maps for accessibility info

Technology is evolving more and more and people relying more on services such as Google Maps to help them find places such as schools, restaurants and other landmarks within communities.

The need for inclusive communities for persons with disabilities has become a topic of discussion over the past few years. Google Maps decided to call on their Local Guides (people who review places for them) to assist in identifying places in different communities that are accessible to persons in wheelchairs. This would assist not only persons with disabilities but also families of persons using wheelchairs.

 

 

Read more on this at:

https://www.blog.google/products/maps/better-world-wheels-google-maps/

 

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Virtual Reality (VR) not just for gamers but also for amputees

 

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Virtual Reality (VR) has become more and more of a household name when it comes to the latest technology. We use it in our computer games. Several professional sectors such as architecture and engineering have used it to help us feel as if we are in a real situation e.g. feeling like we are walking through a castle whilst we are at home.

However, medical science has also now started to look at how VR can be used in their sector. One such way is by using VR as a form of therapy for amputees suffering from phantom limb pain. Many amputees have reported that they  feel as if the limb they lost is still there and that they sometimes feel it itching or pain but that they usually cannot do anything about this because the limb is not physically there to treat. VR, however, can assist with this by “tricking” their brain to believe that the limb is still there and “treating” it.

VR could not only assist amputees but also other  types of disabilities such as patients that suffered strokes and, maybe in the future, other types of therapies within the health sector.

 

Read the original article here:

http://thisability.co.za/2017/07/12/new-wave-of-therapy-for-amputees/

Related articles:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170531102921.htm

https://www.thelocal.se/20161202/swedish-study-virtual-reality-relieves-phantom-limbs

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/09/business/tech/virtual-reality-helps-treat-phantom-pain-letting-missing-injured-limbs-move/

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Stars and Stripes, all so bright – a story of traveling with a disability

During the holidays I was fortunate enough to go traveling in the US, as a South African tourist and I was completely amazed at how most businesses are focused on ensuring that they are accessible to people with disabilities. 

The trip started at the airports where full assistance was given to persons in wheelchairs with a porter ensuring that you are at the correct terminal at the right time. They even assisted with checking in.

From the airport, we were greeted by taxis that have now been replaced by vehicles that are more accessible for persons in wheelchairs and can host wheelchairs as well. Trains and buses had specific seats allocated for persons with disabilities as well. Most of the subways also had elevators, not only stairs, so to assist with accessibility. 

As we started our traveling, we found that the majority of businesses had alternative entrances that are accessible to wheelchair users and in public spaces where ramps were steep, there were warnings as well.

We were amazed during our trip to see how the country had made a conscious decision to include persons with disabilities in everyday life. Yes, there were cases where improvements could be made but overall it really felt that persons with disabilities had become more of a priority and it made our trip even more spectacular.