The Weekend Play Date

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Nicole da Silva has quickly become an established on-air favourite through her shows which are fun, interesting and honest with a hint of geekiness. Her charismatic warmth and sass makes her relatable and a favourite to listen to on weekend afternoons.

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Disability 360 - Richard Rogers, Director of Bendels Consulting

Bendels Consulting® is a niche tax consulting practice. For the past ten years we have specialised in the provision of tax compliance and tax law advisory services to individuals where there is a “disability” in the family. Bendels Consulting® has presented in Parliament and made representations to SARS and National Treasury on tax policy relating to “disability” tax relief. We have also written and spoken extensively in this specialist area, including expert articles in the press and presentations at special needs schools, hospitals, government forums, universities, and non-government organisations. Further tax benefits in relation to “disabilities” include, but are not limited to, tax planning using “special trusts”. With careful permissible tax planning many other substantial tax benefits can be obtained.

Disability 360 - Nina Zylstra Editor of the Special Kids website

Nina is the editor of SA based website Special Kids that assists parents with children with disabilities. Special Kids has adapted from a printed publication to an online hub of resources, and we hope that your transition from paper to digital will be a painless one, as we continue to provide you with what you have come to expect from the magazine. Our intention is still to offer support, information and resources to a South African professionals and parents of special needs children, and to connect, encourage and uplift families who are faced with a unique set of challenges. We speak to the broad spectrum of disabilities, offering relevant and dynamic content, sourced from all over the world. We hope that our choice of content speaks to your needs, challenges your way of seeing things, and leaves you feeling that you are not alone in the circumstances that you face.

Disability 360 - Janet Wichmann creator of the Happy Strap

Nicole chats to Janet, the creator of the Happy Strap. The Happy Strap was designed as an aid for infants and children with hypotonia (low muscle tone) to assist the control of ligament laxity and joint flexibility in the hips. A degree of stability is given to the hips by the Happy Strap and this greatly assists in stabilising little bodies and helping them through their developmental milestones of sitting, crawling and walking. Worn while sleeping it counteracts any tendency of the legs to splay.The Happy Strap may be worn either over or under clothing, day and night. It is recommended that “pre-walkers” wear the Happy Strap over their clothes and then under clothes once walking. The adjustable Happy Strap is available in various colours and sized from newborn. The same principle demonstrated in the sitting position applies to the walking base – reducing a broadbase to a more normal walking gait. The Happy Strap also facilitates the automatic bending of the knees when walking. Because the Happy Strap keeps the hips in the right position in relation to the legs, the ankles do not roll the feet inward on the instep as they tend to do when walking with a broad base.

Disability 360 - Dr Lorian Phillips

Dr Lorian Phillips is a Clinical Psychologist with a professional and personal interest in ADHD. She offers a 4 week Parenting Course to parents of AD(H)D children designed to provide parents with an in-depth understanding of and insight into AD(H)D as well as many skills and techniques for dealing with the issues that arise with AD(H)D children.

Disability 360 - Dr Erika Drewes

Dr Erika Drewes is a medical doctor but also a mum to a child born with Cerebral Palsy. She writes a blog ( about her experiences and more importantly the treatment her daughter is having which is working.

Disability 360 - Lisa Vetten

With 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse in full effect, Nicole speaks to Lisa Vetten, a gender activist and works at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser) as an honorary research associate. She was also one of the writers of the article entitled "On the Margins" which highlights Gender Based Violence against Women that have a disability.

Disability 360 - International Disability Day: Regina Mary Ndlovu

Regina Mary Ndlovu says she is beautiful, smart, funny, kind and unique. There are 46 chromosomes in each cell. 23 are inherited from my mother 23 inherited from my father each of the 46 chromosomes contains thousands of genes. She inherited albinism. Regina Mary was awarded the Ambassadorship Award at the 2017 Valhalla Arts Tributes Excellence Awards and Nicole caught up with her in celebration of International Disability Day...

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