Karin Coetzee

Disabled Travel has been designed as an off shoot from the Access for Citizens Committee - Proudly Accessible, both wheelchair initiatives established by Karin Coetzee, a qualified Occupational Therapist based in Hermanus. She has extensive experience in spinal rehabilitation and wheelchair training, gained over a period of 22 years from Hospitals within South Africa such as Wentworth and Addington in Durban, Lady Michaelis and Victoria Hospitals in Cape Town, The Spinal Unit at the Conradie Hospital in Pinelands and Peers Private Clinic in the United States.

An unfortunate skiing accident 3 years ago, left Karin with a broken leg and the reality of being wheelchair bound for a period of 3 months. Suddenly she was enlightened even further to the plight disabled people face on a daily basis when they attempt to complete the most mundane tasks in gaining access to public amenities and buildings, and the disregard with which they are treated when they challenge why access is limited and blatantly restricted to those able bodied people in the community.

Armed with both aspects of the situation, Karin has made the commitment to improve, educate and enlighten the community she resides in and within time, she hopes to increase the awareness throughout our Rainbow Nation to the fact that both disabled people and able bodied people deserve access to all amenities available in our society to enrich and improve our quality of life!

- Written by Nikki Stanley

Karin, with a broken knee (2004)
struggling to cross the road.

Karin received the 2007 Hermanus
woman of the Year award from the mayoress.

Karin with Ari Seirlis, National Director of
Quad-Para Asscociation of SA.

What other tourists are saying about us
It was an absolute blessing to “stumble” upon your web-site. Thank you for all this information.  I ended up in a wheelchair 4 years ago and recently got married. Delia is also in a wheelchair. We have 3 children.  One of my biggest concerns is to find self-catering accommodation that can cater for all of us.
I have been writing about disabled travelling for over ten years. I would like to congratulate you on hosting an excellent website for disabled travellers. It is rare that one finds such practical and useful information. I have been permanently confined to a wheelchair for over thirty years and have been fortunate enough to have toured the world. I wish there were more websites such as yours out there, it would make a travellers life considerably easier! Well done, and keep up the good work.
I was looking at your website that I found and was so pleased to find it and see that you understand the need(s) to see how the bathroom, toilet, if the wheelchair can fit through the door and how the bedroom looks - to see if it is accessible - Thank you for that!!! The photos are much appreciated and your understanding towards disabled needs - thank you once again.

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QASA is a co-ordinating, policy-making, governing and supporting organisation. The Association strives to prevent spinal cord injury, as well as protect and promote the interests of people with mobility impairments by formulating a national policy and strategy, to develop and ensure the full potential and quality of their lives.



The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) is a non-governmental agency (NGO) which promotes equalization for persons with disabilities through training, information, research and consultative services.