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Discussions around the challenges that travellers with disabilities face when visiting tourism establishments, conversations with industry leaders on best practices being implemented, and empowerment for those wishing to embark on this universal access journey.

A Different Way of Travelling Accessible South Africa

    • Places & Travel

Discussions around the challenges that travellers with disabilities face when visiting tourism establishments, conversations with industry leaders on best practices being implemented, and empowerment for those wishing to embark on this universal access journey.

    30- Cindy Jacobsz, a Visually Impaired Cyclist & Triathlete

    30- Cindy Jacobsz, a Visually Impaired Cyclist & Triathlete

    In today's episode, our host, Lois Strachan, speaks with Cindy Jacobsz who is a visually impaired cyclist and triathlete, and recently took a trip to the Himalayas.

    Cindy is a mother of 2 daughters. She works in employee health and wellness, and occupational health & safety and transformation. Cindy has macular degeneration, which was diagnosed at 16 years old. She went to a school for partially sighted in Pretoria for 2.5 years and then studied a BA in Psychology & registered with HPC as a psychologist. Cindy wanted to re-register a few years ago but was denied because of her sight.

    Our Travel Tech Corner features the Shakershak Portable vibrating alarm clock –made by Sonic Alert. This device is available from Edit Microsystems in Sea Point, Cape Town. They can be reached on info@editmicro.co.za with a discount through quoting ASA.

    • 43 min
    29 - Travelling with Chronic Anxiety Disorder with Anjali Singla

    29 - Travelling with Chronic Anxiety Disorder with Anjali Singla

    This week Lois speaks to Anjali Singla from Delhi in India, on the topic of psychosocial disabilities, in particular, travelling with Chronic Anxiety Disorder. Anjali is a psychologist by training, and currently she is working with an NGO in India called The Banyan that works with homeless people who experience mental illness. She is also a research associate and part time faculty teacher at the Department of Psychology, with her area of expertise being trauma psychology, working with refugees & tribal populations.

    Anjali can be contacted at anjali@balm.in and Twitter accounts to follow ar @banyanbalm, @AnjaliSingla20 and @MGMentalHealth.

    Our service provider spotlight highlights the Warrior On Wheels Foundation’s upcoming participation in the Cape Town Cycle Tour where children with disabilities are given the #GiftOfAdventure by being towed in buggies by cyclists. This event is made possible by the generous donations of sponsors – to find out more visit www.warrioronwheels.co.za/cape-town-cycle-tour/

    “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” Anonymous

    This episode was edited by Craig Strachan using the Hindenburg Software. Credits read by Musa E Zulu.

    #mgmh #TheBanyan #BALM #GiftOfAdventure #WOWBuggyTeam #WarriorOnWheels

    • 29 min
    28 - Saul Molobi on Adapting to Travelling with a Disability

    28 - Saul Molobi on Adapting to Travelling with a Disability

    Lois Strachan speaks with Saul Molobi who shares his story about his first overseas trip as a traveller with a disability. Saul is a businessman, entrepreneur and also involved in radio. He has experience as a public servant, having worked for government in marketing & communications, and has also served as a diplomat.

    Saul became disabled 3 years ago as a result of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare disorder where a person's immune system attacks their nervous system.

    Saul can be contacted on saulm@ggda.co.za

    Our Travel Tech Corner features the Sunu Band navigational device available from Edit Microsystems. It is a wrist-worn device which attempts to augment obstacle detection for people with visual impairments.

    For information, contact Edit Microsystems on 021 433 2520 or gerhard@editmicro.co.za and quote ASA as the reference to receive a discounted rate.

    "I travel because it makes me realise I haven't seen, how much I'm not going to see, and how much I still have to see." Carew Papritz.

    This episode was edited by Craig Stachan using the HIndenburg software. Credit read by Musa E Zulu.

    • 47 min
    27 - Lauren Jackson on Travelling as a Wheelchair User with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

    27 - Lauren Jackson on Travelling as a Wheelchair User with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

    This week, Lois Strachan chats to Lauren Jackson who shares insights on travelling to 13 different countries as a wheelchair user. Lauren has a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease.

    Our service provider spotlight features Cape Nature's Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve which has a wheelchair accessible bird hide as well as a braille hiking trail.

    Today's travel quote is from Neale Donald Walsch: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

    This episode was edited by Craig Strachan using the Hindenburg software. Credits read by Musa E Zulu.

    • 43 min
    26 - Accessible Travel Tips with Claudette Medefindt of Retina SA

    26 - Accessible Travel Tips with Claudette Medefindt of Retina SA

    Lois Strachan speaks to Claudette Medefindt, who is one of the founders and Head of Science at Retina SA, and deputy president of Retina International.

    Claudette has travelled to 47 different countries and shares advice and tips on how to travel, things to avoid, and things to do - and not just for travellers with visual impairments, not just for travellers with physical disabilities, but for all travellers and this episode is really packed with great information.

    In our Travel Tech Corner, we launch our partnership with Edit Microsystems, an assistive technology company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Each episode will spotlight an assistive device that will assist travellers with disabilities. This episode introduces the Victor Reader Trek which is GPS for the blind, designed by Humanware.

    [If you are interested in purchasing this device, quote the reference ASA when contacting Edit Microsystems for a discounted quote]

    This episode was edited by Craig Strachan using the Hindenburg software. Credits read by Musa E Zulu.

    To contact us email podcast@accessiblesouthafrica.co.za and visit our website www.accessiblesouthafrica.co.za

    • 53 min
    25 - Travelling with Cerebral Palsy with Hillary Lane

    25 - Travelling with Cerebral Palsy with Hillary Lane

    Today on the podcast our host, Lois Strachan, chats to Hillary Lane who has Cerebral Palsy and has travelled extensively across Africa and other parts of the world. Lois & Hillary have also travelled together to Ghana 2 years ago for the Afri-Need Conference.

    Hillary says: "The reason I feel you should travel is that it really does broaden your horizons. Seeing things on television is not the same as experiencing it. Be very clear in your mind why you're travelling, where you're going, and how you're going, because you don't want to have a bad experience of travelling."

    Hillary can be contacted on email at hillarylane@outlook.com.

    Our Travel Tech Corner features a website called spintheglobe.net, created by Sylvia Longmire who has visited 57 countries as a power wheelchair-user.

    This episode was edited by Craig Strachan using the Hindenburg software. Credits read by Musa E Zulu.

    To contact us email podcast@accessiblesouthafrica.co.za and visit our website www.accessiblesouthafrica.co.za

    • 29 min

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