We aim to be at the forefront of developmental and educational support for children with Down Syndrome, advocating early intervention and the implementation of inclusive education curricula in mainstream schools

Some of our work

Down Syndrome Inclusive Education Foundation

First Contact

First contact is an outreach programme run by DSIEF whereby new parents of children with Down syndrome are offered support and advice free of charge through leaflets at hospitals and clinics, telephone and house visits.
Down Syndrome Inclusive Education Foundation

Upside Down

Parents have an enormous influence on the abilities, behaviour and social network of their children. Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. DSIEF hopes to ensure that parents (as well as families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals) understand that it is essential to enroll the child into an early intervention programme.
Down Syndrome Inclusive Education Foundation

Early Impact – Preprimary

In 2011, DSIEF in partnership with Noah’s Ark preschool in Cape Town, launched a pilot inclusive education project called the Early Impact programme. By 2013, the programme supported 8 children across three classes aged between 3-6 years. Early Impact models international best practice in implementation of inclusive education curricula in a mainstream school environment.

From our friends

The families of Noah’s Ark are supportive and proud of our ‘diamonds’ and we welcome them and their families into our school family. Our staff have grown as a result and our school has benefitted from developing our awareness and becoming an inclusive school community.

sandie mazzolini

DSIEF is pioneering something not only unique but also needed. After spending time with them, it is clear the children are living out their motto of being “more alike than different”. The education all children at the school receive is more than academic. They also learn how to interact and embrace the differences in each other. This is necessary for our modern society. Great work!

What an awesome journey! I would otherwise never have known how intelligent, tenacious, friendly and loving children with Down syndrome could be. Thank you for teaching me.

sharon scholtz

The support … has been invaluable. I don’t think we would know as much or have felt so part of a group if not for
your active interest and care!

Naomi Luyt



Congratulations to Escape +Explore Team of 15 riders who all completed the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour. HUGE Thanks to Ingram and Georgie Casey, founders and directors of DSIEF, for challenging their specialist adventure guides at their private adventure tour company Escape+Explore to jump on their bikes – and into the (in)famous banana suit in […]

2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour


DSIEF is happy to announce that we are once again entering a charity group in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, to be held on Sunday 8 March 2020. DSIEF have 20+ entries for the third consecutive year, we are are recognised presence on the tour. We did so amazingly well last year, raising more than R25k! […]

2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour

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Join us on the start line at the Grand Parade on Sunday, 10th March 2019. R850 entry fee plus minimum R1000 sponsorship, includes DSIEF cycling shirt. Contact las@down-syndrome.co.za or 074 180 4895.   DSIEF have 25 entries this year, in line with our strategy to grow every year. We did so amazingly well last year, […]

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