DSIEF is happy to announce that we are again entering a charity group in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the largest timed sporting event in the world! A red letter day in the Cape Town calendar, the event is to be held on Sunday, 11th March 2018. The event this year will return to its historical […]
One out of every 800 births is a baby with Down syndrome, and yet little is done to include these children, who develop more slowly, in mainstream schooling, despite researchers stressing the many benefits of this. In 2011, a group of southern suburbs families with Down syndrome babies pushed against the current, when they started […]
DSIEF were delighted to be invited to present some workshops at Herzlia Constantia Primary school recently. A kind invitation was extended by Principal Jos Horwitz and Special Educational Needs Coordinator Colleen Firmani to present two sessions. Herzlia Constantia is very actively involved in inclusive education of children with all manner of special needs; and currently includes […]
DSIEF were proud to be able to help Inclusive Education South Africa in producing their first leaflet specifically on including a child with Down Syndrome in mainstream schools. Inclusive Education South Africa’s Caroline Taylor adds that: “This little handout was developed to assist teachers for whom it may be a new experience to include a child with Down […]
Arna Madurasinghe (9), a graduate of DSIEF’s Early Impact programme at Noah’s Ark Preschool and currently in Grade 3 at Herzlia Constantia Primary, became the first girl with Down syndrome to compete in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in the Western Cape. Arna scored an average of 8.075 overall. While achieving lower scores in the apparatus routines […]
Our annual picnic to celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day was this year organised by Marilise and Berdien from our ‘Northern Suburbs families’ group; and took place at the dramatic Taal Monument in Paarl on a glorious hot day. Thanks to all who were able to come along for a great get together! […]
Entrants in the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour DSIEF Charity Group were left disappointed at the start line, following the last minute decision by organisers to cancel the event due to dangerously high winds. http://ewn.co.za/2017/03/13/ct-cycle-tour-blown-away We are grateful for the understanding shown by our riders who accepted that safety must come first. We hope to see you […]
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