What we do
We provide free outreach support services, early intervention and self-advocacy training programmes to persons and their families living with Down syndrome and other intellectual and/or physical disabilities, from birth throughout adulthood. Over 75% of the people we help are poor and vulnerable to ongoing discrimination and marginalisation. Without quality intervention programmes like those offered by The Down Syndrome Association Gauteng, children, youth and adults with these disabilities face a life locked into poverty and potential abuse. How then can we just sit back and do nothing?
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.
Our challenge is not to lament, but to take action – together.
In the last 10 years, we have grown from having only 1 outreach support group into an organisation with 10 established and successful outreach support group. We are widely and closely allied in effective partnerships with support networks in our service area. Our hard work has raised much needed awareness and changed people’s perceptions about Down syndrome. Our support and intervention programmes have transformed lives that would otherwise have been forgotten.
“Once you learn to accept and love them for who they are, you subconsciously learn to love yourself unconditionally. ”
We partner with
- State Hospitals & Clinics
- Health, Genetic & Therapy Professionals
- Social & Care Workers
- Wits University Nursing & Genetics Departments
- Other Essential Service Providers in public & private health care
- Department of Health
- Department of Education
- Department of Social Development
- Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities
- Gauteng Provincial Association for Persons with Disabilities
- SA Federation of Mental Health
- Schools of specialised education
- Centres providing services to disabled children, youth & adults
- International Down syndrome organisations