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2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour

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The DSIEF Charity team rides again in the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 6th March 2016. More info: To join the team please follow the registration process via the link below: The DSIEF team riders were: Lasith Madurasinghe Bryant Roux Alice Roux David Hoffman Albertus Botha Plus we have some riders who have […]


Gillian Blem Floortime

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 […]

Neuroscience: Down Syndrome


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 […]

DSIEF in Paarl

Marilise and Jacques Hendri

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” Marilise and husband De Bruyn have two boys – Jacques […]

Changing perspectives with Shéri Brynard

Sheri Brynard

Shéri Brynard, a 31 year old South African Self Advocate with Down Syndrome is an inspiration and a role model. Shéri will give the opening talk and 6 workshops will follow focusing on the needs of children with special needs. Talk and Seminars 9.00h – 12.30h 23 November 2013 Noah’s Ark Preprimary School, Olivia Rd, […]