WHO ARE WE? OUR SOCIAL MANDATE
The Down Syndrome Association Gauteng (TDSAG) is a registered non-profit organisation and was established in 1986.
Our mission is to align our services with international trends and best practice in the field of intellectual disability.
We are committed to work to improve the quality of life of all persons born with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, to promote their inherent right to live with independence and dignity, and to be active members of their communities.
We respect religious and cultural diversity, and we prioritise our work in disadvantaged communities where our services can contribute to social development.
People with disabilities in South Africa are often made to feel that being disabled is their own fault and that they have less value in our society than able-bodied people. Unfortunately, difference and diversity continue to be undervalued and stigmatised, promoting fear, ignorance and prejudice.
There is hope, however! The Down Syndrome Association Gauteng (TDSAG) works tirelessly to promote the rights of people with disabilities with programmes and initiatives that encourage persons with a disability to value themselves and their differences, and empower them to become active, positive contributors to their communities.
We are widely and closely allied in effective partnerships, locally and globally. Our support network includes alliance with local government, professionals from the public and private care sectors, academic institutions (including schools of specialised education), and international organisations in the field of intellectual disability.
Our social mandate is based on the human rights enshrined in the constitution. Yet too many learners with disabilities leave school without the skills that will allow them to live a life of dignity, away from poverty, inequality and prejudice.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Over 75% of the people we help are poor and vulnerable to ongoing discrimination and marginalisation.
Without quality intervention programmes like those offered by TDSAG, children and adults with these disabilities face a life locked into poverty and potential abuse.
WHY IS EARLY INTERVENTION SO IMPORTANT?
In some communities, many parents are led to believe that their disabled child is a result of something that they have done wrong or that their child is evil. This often results in the child being neglected or abused, or prevented from receiving any formal education or appropriate health care. Sometimes these children are literally locked up and hidden away.
Our support and intervention programmes have transformed lives that would otherwise have been forgotten.
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
People with disabilities should enjoy equal rights as citizens of South Africa. By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007, South Africa committed to recognising and realising the rights of people with disabilities by removing all barriers to inclusion.
South Africa’s own Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act and the Employment Equity Act reinforce equal opportunities for people with disabilities, in accordance with the human rights enshrined in the Constitution.
These barriers include (but are not limited to), the provision of effective early interventions to prevent or manage disability optimally, and the creation of economic opportunities and employment for people with disabilities.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT
THE BENEFITS TO YOU AS A DONOR | SPONSOR ARE AS FOLLOWS
We issue a Section 18(A) Donation Receipt to claim a SARS Tax Rebate.
We issue the following documents: