- About Our Organization:
The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape (QAWC) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 002-942) which represents quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Any person may become a member of the organisation and the QAWC membership is drawn from various diverse areas across the Western Cape. The organisation is managed by a management committee.
QAWC strives to improve the lives of and fights for the rights of quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Through prevention and awareness campaigns, QAWC aims to prevent spinal cord injuries as well as educate the general public about the realities of living with a spinal cord injury.
QAWC has two representatives on the management committee of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), under whose jurisdiction QAWC falls. In addition to this, QAWC has a working relationship with APD Western Cape, are represented on the executive committee of the Western Cape Network on Disability as well and on the facility board of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, the hospital that caters specifically for wheelchair users.
The QAWC Management Board is elected by our members at the Annual General Meeting which is held every year in July. Of the elected 10 management committee members 9 are wheelchair users. Where possible, QAWC is staffed by wheelchair users.
QAWC’s projects and services include, three self-help centres which offer permanent accommodation to quadriplegics and paraplegics, an outreach project, a transport project, an awareness and prevention campaign, assistance to members by means of medical supplies and assistive devices, driver education, peer counselling as well as ongoing support and assistance to our members. QAWC also has a Digital Village which offers free computer literacy classes to people with disabilities.
In addition to this, by working through the QAWC office, members can access QASA services and projects such as the education fund, SABAT battery, sports fund etc. Our members also have access to numerous publications aimed at informing them about their rights, how to take care of themselves, as well as Rolling Inspiration which is a lifestyle magazine for the mobility impaired.
QAWC is sustained by strategic relationships with the corporate sector, the national lottery and a number of events held during the year.
- To enhance, protect and promote the interests of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
- To establish Homes in the form of Self-Help centres.
- To assist and advise Quadriplegics, Paraplegics and their families during the transitional period from rehabilitation to life back in the community.
- To create training facilities for assistance for quadriplegics and paraplegics.
- To assist, where possible, in obtaining equipment, aids and special appliances from public and private sources needed by quadriplegics and paraplegics.
- To generate funds from public and private sources to promote and achieve the goals of the Association.
- To assist and support QASA in achieving their goals.