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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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10
DEC

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. http://www.csvr.org.za/docs/gender/onthemargins.pdf
03
DEC

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...
03
DEC

Disability 360 - International Disability Day : Bernadette Rigney

Bernadette was born in 1980 with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis, which affects the joints and limits the range of motion in her hands and legs. The condition in no way affected her intellectually and she initially attended a mainstream school. However, in Grade 3 it became apparent that getting from class to class was becoming a challenge. Her parents reluctantly placed her at a school for the physically disabled in Cape Town. She completed Matric at Hope School in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. Upon finishing she had the opportunity to travel and live in the United States, North Carolina. Here she realised how much technology made daily living particularly of persons with disabilities easier. She returned to South Africa in 2000 and in 2006 she applied for a position at the City of Johannesburg and was appointed as the Transformation and Disability Officer for the City. This allowed her to get involved in several large scale projects where she made an impact on the lives of local persons with disabilities. In 2014 she was appointed as a Casual Day Ambassador because she is a role-model with the ability to generate enthusiasm about projects wherever she goes. She is an entrepreneur, a disability rights advocate, a motivational speaker, aspiring politician and loves to make a difference, epitomising her motto of ‘The Ability to Live Life Fabulously’. She has been involved in founding numerous activities and projects to bring about positive change including establishing fAbility (Pty) Ltd: Lifestyle Guide. Nicole spoke to her about her winning the Entrepreneur Award at the 2017 Valhalla Arts Tributes Excellence Awards.
03
DEC

Disability 360 - International Disability Day: Sandra Khumalo

Sandra Khumalo was born in 1981 and today is a mother to two beautiful daughters. She is also South African second Paralympian Rower and has represented her country with distinction in the past as a sporting star. She has competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics where she won Bronze and qualified for the 2016 Olympics Games in Brazil. She had represented SA previously in the World Championships in Serbia (2012), South Korea (2013), Netherlands (2014) and France (2015). In 2013, Khumalo was a Finalist in the SPAR Sport Athlete of the Year with Disability Award. She is Marketing Director and Business Partner for Thusanang Enabling Support Service (PTY) LTD which focuses on supplying medical consumables to people living with disabilities as well as old age homes. She is also a Motivational Speaker and travels the country encouraging others to rise above their daily challenges. She represented South Africa at the World Rowing Championships in Florida in September 2017. Nicole spoke to her after she won the Sport Award at the 2017 Valhalla Arts Tributes Excellence Awards
03
DEC

Disability 360 - International Disability Day: Ms Wendy Hicks

Wendy is a qualified Midwife, Nursing Sister and has also worked at a Paediatric Unit at a clinic in London, UK. Caring for the balance of life and couple with a desire to take care of the needs of vulnerable people has always been an intimate part of Wendy Hicks’ life purpose, career development aspirations and wider social vision. Her close personal encounter with a disability came when she and her husband Donald became aware that their young daughter couldn't remember nursery rhymes like the others in her class could. They later consulted Educational Psychologists, Speech and Occupational Therapists for help. The diagnosis finally came and their precious daughter was confirmed to be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) with learning barriers. It became clearer that they had to find her a schooling environment especially and specifically suited to catering for the needs of children who require special education. Yet through this storm Donald and Wendy Hicks found the inspiration. to take the initiative and set up a holistic, caring and high quality educational environment that would meet the specific needs, not only of their child, but many other children with special physical, educational, and social needs. Together they founded Wendon Academy which opened its doors to students in January 2003. Wendon Academy, whose motto is ‘Moving Forward with Pride’, is an independent self-funded school for children who experience specific barriers to learning and who are not able to flourish in the mainstream educational schooling system. The aim of the academy is to develop learners who are equipped with the necessary knowledge and life skills to cope as balanced and confident individuals in both their personal space and wider communities. Nicole spoke to Ms Wendy about how to help Children living with Mental Disabilities and her winning the Mother of a Child Award at the 2017 Valhalla Arts Tributes Excellence Awards
03
DEC

Disability 360 - International Disability Day: Emily Mabasa

Nkateko Emily Mabasa was born in 1990. At 6 months she was diagnosed with Mild spastic Cerebral Palsy. She had to use a wheelchair and in 2002 was given her first pair of crutches. She completed her entire schooling at Forest Town School for Children with Special Needs. Later she studied Fashion Design, did short courses in Business administration whilst she continued doing community service. In 2012 she received the Presidential Gold Award from the Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration in the Presidency where out of 60 other recipients she was the only one with a disability. In 2014, Emily represented South Africa at the Presidential Awards in South Korea where 154 countries were present. Today she is a Gold Award Holder in South Africa for The Duke of Edinburgh International Award held every 4 years in different countries. She is a poet, a freelancer dancer, a fashion designer, a public speaker and also models. She is employed as a Project Manager for Talis Foundation. Her personal motto is: “I live with my disability but I do not let my disability became my life.” Nicole spoke to her after she was awarded the Role Mole award at the 2017 Valhalla Arts Tributes Excellence Awards
19
NOV

Disability 360 - Ryan Klem

This week Nicole spoke to Ryan Klem from The Toyota Mobility Foundation. They will go into partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, and will launch a $4 million dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
29
OCT

Disability 360 - Gary- I love Coffee

In this week's episode of Disability 360, Nicole spoke to Gary Hopkins, who is the founder of I Love Coffee a social enterprise that focuses on training and employing Deaf youth.

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