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.
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.