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

Workshops at Herzlia Constantia Primary

Herzlia workshop Aug 2017

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 […]

Inclusive Education South Africa develops leaflet on including a child with Down syndrome

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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 wins bronze at Western Cape Gymnastics Federation District trials

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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 […]

2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour – cancelled!

CTCT start line

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 […]

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