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 - Leon de beer

Nicole speaks to SAFMH that has over the past year created a Right to Employment DVD which aims to educate persons with intellectual disabilities about the skills they need in order to try and enter the open labour market. This educational DVD was launched in March 2017 to coincide with Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, and can be used to educate and empower persons with intellectual disabilities who want to find employment.

Disability 360 - Lloyd Barkzz Babedi

Lloyd Barkzz Babedi is the heart and founding brains of Barkzz World. He is an enthusiastic young male from Alexandra Township with a disability. Lloyd matriculated from Hope School in 2007. He has held various positions at multiple companies including the South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC). It was his passion for creating economic opportunities for people with disabilities which led to the establishment of the organizations, Barkzz World and Foundation. As a person with disability, Lloyd had to overcome stereotypes and challenges so he may be accepted as a functional human being in society. The challenges are on-going, most of which are lifelong. Lloyd has faced these challenges with bravery and continues to rise above them. It is this fighting spirit that Lloyd wishes to impart to those facing challenges, be it, physical or anything else.

Disability 360 - Ipeleng Khunou

Ipeleng Khunou is a 31-year-old native of Rustenburg, born with a very rare form of brain deformity called Septo-optic dysplasia. This simply means he was born without balance so it’s ironic to think that he can now actually run marathons.Nicole caught up with him ahead of him traveling to partake in the 2Oceans Marathon

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.

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