WHO ARE WE

  • Established in 1973.
  • Our focus is early childhood development, education and health (disability).
  • Mission: To teach deaf children to speak.
  • Vision: For deaf children to be fully integrated into the hearing world.
  • We are a national, multi-racial school with an early intervention centre and a foundation phase.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Registered NGO and PBO
  • Satellites in East London and Bloemfontein
  • Audited annual financial statement – Rademeyer Wesson
  • Registered with the Western Cape Government: Education
  • Management: School Governing Body, Board of Trustees, School Management Team

The Carel du Toit Trust manages the finances of the Centre and fundraises for its sustainability

BBBEE VERIFICATION – more than 75% beneficiaries are black, coloured and Indian

PARTNERSHIPS

  • Western Cape Government: Education
  • Western Cape Government: Health
  • City of Cape Town
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Cape Town

WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?

  • Audiology services: to monitor the child’s hearing loss and hearing aids.
  • Parent guidance: parents are empowered to help their deaf child.
  • Specialised teachers provide an intensive language learning programme. We follow internationally recognised auditory/verbal principles.
  • Therapeutic support is provided by speech therapists, occupational therapists and a physiotherapist.

PRE-GRADE R AND FOUNDATION PHASE

  • The National Curriculum statement is followed, as in mainstream schools.
  • Classes are small
  • Emphasis is on the development of spoken language

RESULTS:

TOTAL LEARNERS LEAVING SCHOOL 20
TO MAINSTREAM SCHOOL 6
TO ELSEN SCHOOLS 5
TO ORAL SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 8
TO SIGNING SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 1

INFANT HEARING AND SCREENING

Managing 14 clinics in the Cape Metropole

Aim: Through the completion of the second pilot project we will be able to supply Government with evidence-based research, which will guide them in compiling an effective provincial newborn hearing screening policy. To continue advocating through EHDI and to work closely with strategic partners because together we will have the most impact. We hope to be one step closer to the legislation of newborn hearing screening.

Results achieved: total number of infants screened vs total number of infants immunised – 95%, 40% treated for middle ear infections, untreated middle ear infections might lead to hearing loss.

URGENT NEEDS

  • Operational costs: salaries, transport, professional services

 

For more information please contact:

Valerie van der Merwe

Senior Fundraiser

+27 21 933 4578

valerie@careldutoit.co.za