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GROOTfm 90.5 gaan volgende week 2 – 6 Maart ‘n aksie dryf om fondse in te samel vir ‘n voertuig vir die Down Sindroom Vereniging Tshwane.  Dit vorm deel van HULLE HOOPstootprojek wat ‘n deurlopende gemeenskapsprojek, “Hoopstoot” is en geïnspireer is deur die woord “hupstoot” wat beteken om “saam te werk”.


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The Association consists of members from the Gauteng, Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Free State and North-West Province. Members are families of children with Down syndrome and professionals working with persons with Down syndrome. The birth rate of children with Down syndrome is 1 in every 700 babies.

Trained support parents visit the parents of a newborn baby with Down syndrome in the hospital and at home in order to provide information and the necessary emotional support. It has been shown that with early intervention and the necessary stimulation, children with Down syndrome make wonderful progress and can even go to mainstream schools.

To help children reach their maximum potential and prepare them for mainstream school; the Association refers families to the appropriate therapists. As per of our philosophy of inclusion, the Association provides a service to parents and children who are already incorporated in mainstream education or who find it difficult to enroll their child with special educational needs into mainstream schools.

Facilitators visit the schools on request, and teacher-training workshops are presented from time to time. Many of the children in the Pretoria branch are currently attending mainstream schools.

Our outreach drive offers weekly parent guidance and early Intervention programmes which are presented at Garankuwa, Mamelodi, Soshanguve, Atteridgeville, Dr.G Mukhari Hospital, Valhalla Primary School and at the offices of the association. Children with Down syndrome 10-11 years), and children who are developmentally challenged are accommodated. Counsellors and therapists are available Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Services are funded by the association and offered for free. The Young Adult club is a social club for our teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome (16 years and older). Bimonthly we organize a disco night for them. Annually a camp is arranged. The ultimate goal of this club is to facilitate the process through which they can reach a level of social independence that could facilitate their inclusion into the open labour market.

In line with this policy we have a supported employment initiative. The worldwide trend is to try to include people with a disability into everyday life. We aim to support all persons with Down syndrome and people with other disabilities to find suitable work in the open labour market and thus give them a sense of fulfilllment and self worth as well as contribute to the economy of South Africa.

Our public awareness campaign has several aspects which includes Radio interviews; National day celebrations; the magazine ‘The Bulletin’ which contains articles from members and other pertinent information. We are also fortunate to have several patrons who help to promote the aims of the association. Amongst them are Anna-Mart van der Merwe.

Down Syndrome Pretoria/Tshwane strives to provide support to families of people with down syndrome from cradle to grave.

Join us at Maranatha Bana special school

for the celebrations.

Contact the Association at

012 664 8871 for more detail.

Down Syndrome Pretoria will be having a Health expo focusing on the Health issues which People with Down syndrome face through their life.