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Travelling with a Child with Special Needs

Travelling with a Child with Special Needs “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless [...]We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” John Steinbeck, American author. Travelling; though it may often begin as an escape from routine over the holiday season; offers endless opportunities for enriching experiences for children. A...
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A Review of Mermaids Guesthouse

Mermaid Guesthouse
A Review of Mermaids Guesthouse Struisbaai, Overberg, Western Cape In our search for universally accessible accommodation in Struisbaai, we found Mermaid Guesthouse. It seems to be the only accommodation in Struisbaai which markets itself as accessible. Most of the guesthouses and hotels we researched have a few floors with stairs, no lifts and no accessible bathroom. Those willing to assis...
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Universal Design for Diverse Disabilities

Universal Design and Diverse Disabilities
Universal Design for Diverse Disabilities Universal design, universal access, disabled traveller - words that seem to simplify, or attempt to place millions of individual human beings into one box, a box that is mistakenly perceived to be a one-size fits all when it comes to access for people with disabilities. What is accessible for one person using a wheelchair, may be completely inaccessibl...
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Travel with René

Podcast | Travel with René Andre du Toit: Welcome to the Accessible South Africa travel podcast. This is a podcast where we discuss travel in South Africa and beyond for persons with disabilities and special needs with our host Lois Strachan. Join us as we share inspiring stories of people who travel, exciting accessible travel experiences and showcase service providers who will accommodat...
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A Wheelchair Accessible Wild Goose Chase Game

Wild Goose Chase Game
A Wheelchair Accessible Wild Goose Chase Game The Gallivanting Goose and Warrior On Wheels Foundation / Accessible South Africa teamed up for the first ever wheelchair accessible wild goose chase game, launched on the 11 May 2019. We gathered our troops and got our game on for an exhilirating scavenger hunt at one of Cape Town's Big 6 tourist destinations - the V&A Waterfront! We en...
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Accessible Events

Accessible Events
Planning and Preparation for Accessible Events When planning accessible events - whether a conference, exhibition, festival or celebration - there are a number of things to consider if you want to host an inclusive and accessible event. You've hired the venue, booked the catering, and lined up the speakers - but have you considered your guests with disabilities in these preparations? Here are som...
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Ink, art and gourmet delights at La Motte

Ink, Art and Gourmet Delights at La Motte Original Source: Ink, art and gourmet delights at La Motte | Navel-Gazing 101 - Briony Chisholm On one of those ridiculously perfect sunny-but-cool, Cape Town winter Saturdays with the sky so blue and so clear, we headed out to Franschhoek to see the new exhibition at the La Motte museum and be treated to lunch. And what a treat it w...
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Accessible Travel in Cape Town

Universal Accessibility in Cape Town
In 2011, The World Health Organization1 estimated that there were approximately one billion people with disabilities worldwide, that equates to 15% of the population. In the same year, the South African Census2 tabled the statistics of people living with disabilities at 7.5% of the population. That is 2 870 130 people, with 222 333 of those living in the Western Cape.  The domestic universal acces...
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Phenomenal Women: Lois Strachan

Lois Strachan
I recently came to know of Lois Strachan when she appeared as a guest on the Travel Chat Show on Hashtag Radio. After we too were hosted on the show, speaking about the work we do, Lois and I connected on social media. After following each other's work for a while, it became more and more apparent that we share a similar vision for creating awareness and access to information for both travelle...
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A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth at Creation Wines

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth at Creation Wines “If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul” – Clifton Fadiman Having visited on two previous occasions as a member of the Travelling Media team - the first being during the 2015 Fynarts Festival, and the second for the 2016 Cape Whale Coast Mini Indaba, the memory of Creation Wines has been etched into my wine-loving, foodie soul. With a...
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