Local crèches support children with disabilities

A group of children learning about disability with volunteer Rinette von Mollendorf and guide dog Lexus.

Almost 4 000 nappies were donated, while while 332 mainstream crèche children and 44 teachers and assistants took part in fun and interactive sessions on inclusive education as part of Helderberg Association for Persons with Disabilities’ (Helderberg APD) Nappy Run.

This campaign is an annual joint initiative with the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) and the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy (NAPCP). Helderberg APD’s participation was made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commision (NLC).

The Nappy Run campaign had two aims. The first aim was to address the need for nappy donations for children with disabilities in under-resourced special care centres. The second aim was to raise awareness on the importance of inclusive development and education for children with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Eleven mainstream crèches in Stellenbosch and Somerset West took part in this year’s Nappy Run campaign.

Participating crèches were Akkerdoppies; Junior Akademie; Kids Company Montessori in Techno Park, and Steggies from Stellenbosch; Kids Company Montessori in Somerset Links; Pat’s Playschool ;Kids’ Academy; Somerset Kidz; ACVV Tinktinki; ACVV Heidi and Happy Days from Somerset West.

All nappy donations will soon be distributed with the help of Senecio, a Somerset West based non-profit organisation; Bizweni a special care centre for children with disabilities and Unakho a crèche catering for children with disabilities in Stellenbosch.

For more information on promoting inclusion for children and adults with disabilities, contact Dr Candace Vermaak at either her email, at candace@hapd.org.za, or call 021 882 8852.

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