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by Sally Brownie

 

Sally was the first woman appointed as General Manager of a hotel in South Africa, but her life in the hotel industry for 22 years was interrupted at the age of 42 when she had a brain aneurysm. She has published 2 books on her experiences : ‘Run While You Can’ and ‘My Life and a Wheelchair’.  Sally was the guest speaker at our gala dinner event in 2018 and has since become our Ambassador!

 

 

‘Disabled’, is without a doubt the first thing people identify me as when they see the wheelchair – it is a big giveaway! My impairment is part of me. I’ve come to realise that it’s a big part of my life and I have now totally accepted that.

 

I’m always curious about what wheelchair access will be like at venues I’ve never visited. My friends are now more aware before going out, it’s not that they didn’t care before, they are now just more aware.  With a few minor changes like access to changing rooms in shops, an access control button for banks and making ATM’S wheelchair friendly, and the usual accessibility to buildings/buses/taxi etc., to make persons with disabilities feel equal and accepted in S.A. Has this all been done before? And if so could we still do it better?

 

Disability disproportionately affects women, older people and poor people.

 

TAKE ACTION! Help persons with disabilities fulfill their potential in a more inclusive society!

 

I have little quirks as a result of my disability, ranging from intermittent fasting, clothes that are colour coded with my glasses, to taking a mini-sabbatical once a week. We all have the same amount of time in a day, so live each day by being content even with your disability.   I wouldn’t have those qualities that make up my identity as having a disability without an attitude of gratitude! I am still Sally, but in a wheelchair! It’s allowed me to focus on doing something powerful by raising awareness of disability and accessibility issues as a brand ambassador for WCAPD.

 

I want to hear your story to share intentionally to help other persons with disabilities in our communities!

Comments (4)

  • Jessica Bezuidenhout

    10/09/20196:28 am

    Hallo Sally iam 36 and been diagnosed with muscular fshd a few years only now my work becomes difficult for me and most probably will also need a wheelchair later in live. My work at this stage is not very acomodating in my needs but i some how understand iam a pharmacist Assistant. My mom said tat maybe you guys can assist in looking for alternatives work for me. I dont know i cant not work iam a single parent and need my income any advice may be. Thank you for your time.

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    • Jaco van Dyk
      Jaco van Dyk

      07/11/20199:21 am

      Jessica, please let us know whereabouts you live so that we can refer you to our closest Branch? Regards

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  • Jaco van Dyk
    Jaco van Dyk

    07/11/20199:13 am

    Hi Graham. We respond much faster on our Facebook page, hence the delay in answering your comment. Our branch in Athlone, Cape Town APD, provides services in Kensington so please contact them on (021) 6371204. Regards,

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  • Lodestar Hotel

    11/07/20207:15 am

    I as of late met while going for a stroll to the nearby shop has contacted my heart. The wheelchair that she is utilizing in such an awful express, that she can just move in reverse, that just with one and as she has endured a stroke as of late and just one hand left that works.

    If it’s not too much trouble would you have the option to help me in getting two front wheels for her wheelchair?

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