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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

For more information also read:

Driving-Schools

Safe driving!

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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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Various

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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Informability Challenge: Make 2018 a year of disability advocacy and inclusion

On 3 December we celebrated World Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day has been celebrated since 1992 but still it seems that there are many gaps within disability sensitisation, inclusion and advocacy.

Although a lot of progress has been made in disability-related issues such as health care, employment and inclusion, there is still room for improvement. This can only be done with the collaboration of all the different sectors as well as community members.

One of Informability’s aims is to make information accessible to people who might otherwise not have had access to this. In order to help address this, we created a calendar marking all the international disability awareness days, complete with some information as well about these disabilities. The calendar challenges people to use 2018 to be advocates for disability themselves with a monthly advocacy challenge. The calendar also has a simplistic image each month indicating a disability-related topic or etiquette. The purpose of these are to not only provide information to adults who can read the facts but also to provide information to children (which they then can colour in as well).

The calendar is a free downloadable template to everyone. Please print, share and use to assist us in bridging the gaps within disability related issues. Let’s make 2018 a year of inclusion and not exclusion.

Click here to download:

Disability Awareness Calendar

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Health Calendar 2017

During the year, there are many health awareness days and months to take note off. The Western Cape Department of Health has made a health calendar for this with corresponding organisations to contact.

JANUARY

4 – International Braille Day

SA National Council for the Blind – 012-452 3811

29 – World Leprosy Day

The Leprosy Mission – 021-785 2681/073 470 3185

FEBRUARY

8 to 14 –  National Epilepsy Week (13 – International Epilepsy Day)

Epilepsy South Africa – 021-556 3753

MARCH

Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

Cape Mental Health – 021-447 0212
SA Federation for Mental Health –  011-781 1852

3 – World Hearing Day 

21 – International Down Syndrome Day

Down Syndrome Association Western Cape – 021-919 8533

22 – National Rheumatoid Awareness Day

The Arthritis Foundation of SA – 021-425 4759

30 – World Bipolar Awareness Day

SA Federation for Mental Health – 011-781 1852

APRIL

Health Awareness Month

Heart and Stroke Foundation SA – 021-422 1586

2 – World Autism Day

7 – World Health Day

Heart and Stroke Foundation SA – 021-422 1586

11 – World Parkinson’s Day

Age-in-Action – 021-426 4249

MAY

2 – World Asthma Day

UCT Lung Institute – 021-406 6125

10 – National Lupus Awareness Day

The Arthritis Foundation of SA – 021-425 4759

26 – Bipolar Awareness Day

The S.A Depression and Anxiety Group – 011-234 4837

JUNE

3 – Club Foot Awareness Day

Steps Charity – 021-462 7357/021-462 7857

JULY

Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month

Cape Mental Health – 021-447 0212
SA Federation for Mental Health – 011-781 1852

Mental Health Awareness Month

The S.A Depression and Anxiety Group – 011-234 4837

27 – National Osteoarthritis Awareness Day

The Arthritis Foundation of SA – 021-425 2344/4759

AUGUST

21 – National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

The Arthritis Foundation of SA – 021-425 4759

21 to 27 – National Cerebral Palsy Week

National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy – 011-609 3252/082 349 9630

SEPTEMBER

Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

Muscular Dystrophy Foundation – 021-592 7306/084 557 1423

National Month of Deaf People

Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA) – 011-482 1610

Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia SA – 086 0636 679

Alzheimer’s Month (21 – World Alzheimer’s Day)

Alzheimer’s South Africa –  021-979 2724/ www.alzheimers.org.za

9 – International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day (FASD)

SANCA – 021-945 4080

OCTOBER

Mental Health Awareness Month (10 – World Mental Health Day)

Cape Mental Health – 021-447 0212
SA Federation for Mental Health – 011-781 1852

12 – World Sight Day

SA National Council for the Blind – 012-452 3811

12 – World Arthritis Day

The Arthritis Foundation of SA – 021-425 4759
Age-in-Action – 021-426 4249

15 – International White Cane Safety Day

SA National Council for the Blind – 012-452 3811

20 – National Down Syndrome Day

Down Syndrome Association Western Cape – 021-919 8533

20 – World Osteoporosis Day

National Osteoporosis Foundation of SA – 021-976 4995

24 – World Polio Day

25 – World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day

28 October to 3 November – Stroke Week (29 – World Stroke Day)

Heart and Stroke Foundation SA – 021-422 1586

NOVEMBER

Disability Month

Department of Social Development – 021-483 4015

DECEMBER

3 – International Day for Persons with Disabilities

WC Association for Persons with Disabilities – 021-555 2881

Find the full health calendar of 2017 here:

https://www.westerncape.gov.za/assets/departments/health/health_calendar_2017.pdf

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What schools are available for children with disabilities?

There is a movement within the education sector to focus more on inclusive education but what if your child has special needs that could not be catered for in this manner? Below are some links to find schools for children with disabilities:

NATIONAL

https://www.schoolguide.co.za/schools/special-needs-schools.html

http://www.southafricanschools.net/special-schools.php

Western Cape

https://www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/education/facilities/788

Limpopo

http://www.edu.limpopo.gov.za/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=section&id=25:special-schools