So proud of the children in our pre primary Early Impact programmes, and all the wonderful staff, peers and supporters in the school community. Showing their support for Down Syndrome Awareness day in our t-shirts. This is the first year we can celebrate TWO partner schools: Noah’s Ark in Cape Town and Kinder Ark in Paarl.
DSIEF director Las Madurasinghe was a guest on the Sakhiswe show on Bush Radio 89.5 FM : “the mother of community radio in Africa”.
DSIEF was the featured charity in the September 2016 issue of The South African Journal of Natural Medicine. The magazine can be downloaded from their website at http://naturalmedicine.co.za
Find out more about our programme for children with Down Syndrome between the ages of 3-6 years old at mainstream preprimary school. Early Impact is the first of its kind in South Africa. http://down-syndrome.co.za/projects/earlyimpactpreprimary/ There will be a short presentation and a tour of the classrooms at Noah’s Ark Pre-School, Meadowridge, Cape Town (Southern Suburbs) on […]
The DSIEF Charity team rides again in the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 6th March 2016. More info: http://www.cycletour.co.za/ To join the team please follow the registration process via the link below: https://online.entries.co.za/entries/jointeam.aspx?eid=3516&group=cbae0034-21b4-4375-9b77-b63e730124dc The DSIEF team riders were: Lasith Madurasinghe Bryant Roux Alice Roux David Hoffman Albertus Botha Plus we have some riders who have […]
On of our graduate Diamonds, Arna Madurasinghe, now attends Grade 1 at Herzlia Constantia where she is under the care of many specialists in special needs education, including resident occupational therapist (OT) Gillian Blem. Gillian recently undertook a course in DIR Floortime, a concept developed by Stanley Greenspan and a cognitive development strategy whereby the therapist follows […]
The FT reports on a recent study where researchers have identified a key trouble spot in the hippocampus that disrupts neural networks. Down’s syndrome is the most common genetic form of intellectual disability, caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21, but neuroscientists are only just beginning to understand how this disrupts neural networks in the […]
Marilise Steenkamp joins as our new Paarl-based committee member of DSIEF, working towards establishing an Early Impact programme at Kinder Ark Pre-School in Paarl. Marilise is also our Afrikaans speaking First Contact representative. “Indien u verkies om met ‘n Afrikaanssprekende persoon te kontak, stuur jou epos aan email@example.com” Marilise and husband De Bruyn have two boys – Jacques […]