We strive to enable children with severe to profound developmental disabilities to receive care in a safe environment; learn and develop; and to attain their full potential.
- We provide support and information to sensory disabled children and their family members, relatives, friends or any persons dealing with sensory disabled people or expressing an interest in such information.
- We promote awareness of the difficulties facing sensory disabled children in the community.
- We initiate projects and activities involving the sensory disabled.
The Association for the Sensory Disabled (ASD) is an independent organisation that operates within the paradigm of the past and future role of parents of children with disabilities within the context of special-needs care and development.
ASD commits to the care of sensory multi-disabled children from the impoverished rural communities of Worcester in the heart of the Breede Valley, Western Cape and serves children regardless of religion, race or background.
The organisation is registered in terms of South Africa’s Non-Profit Directorate and is managed by a management committee consisting of members of the public including persons with disabilities, professional service providers, people who have knowledge and experience with multi-disabled children, and/or who are parents of multi-disabled children.
Using the past as a prelude to the future, our programme is based on two aspirations:
- To foster empathy, compassion, and dignity within a safe, caring environment; and
- To “get a life” rather than just “get an education.”
Our key objective is to offer a caring environment where empathy, compassion, and dignity abound and where, as a consequence, children with disabilities can experience a complete, fulfilled lifespan.
In 2004, ASD opened the SEAN KELLY Training Centre to provide care to children with severe to profound developmental disabilities who were left alone at home without any form of stimulation or opportunity to develop. Today, the centre has 43 children enrolled in the programme which is now known as the SEAN KELLY SPECIAL CARE CENTRE.
The SEAN KELLY Group-home was opened in 2010 to provide 24-hour care services to destitute children with severe to profound physical and intellectual disabilities. In 2017, the group-home was officially registered as a Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) with the Department of Social Development. Today, the SEAN KELLY CYCC houses 14 multi-disabled children who have all been placed in the centre through the Children’s Court. The CYCC
ASD aims to provide an ACCESSIBLE, SUSTAINABLE, INTEGRATED day-care, after-care and 24-hour residential care services, in partnership with the community and well-trained staff, to allow children with sensory disabilities to reach their full potential and in so doing, support their families.
Making a sustainable difference in the lives of children with sensory disabilities, in partnership with the community.
How can you become part of our children’s lives?
As a non-profit organisation we are dependent on your donations to enable us to continue offering services to sensory disabled children living in the Breede Valley area. We welcome once off or monthly donations and request that you inform us when you make a transfer/deposit by emailing email@example.com
Sean Kelly Child and Youth Care Centre (24-hour Residential Care)
24-Hour care of 14 multi-disabled children between 3 and 18 years. Situated at 119 Tulbagh street, Worcester, Western Cape.
Sean Kelly Special Care Centre (Day-care):
Day-care services Mondays to Fridays to 43 multi-disabled children between 3 and 18 years. Situated at Waterloo street, Worcester, Western Cape.
YOU can help provide in the needs of our children by :
- Making a financial contribution towards operational costs
- Sponsoring a child for a month (R2500) or a year (R30 000)
- Sponsoring a caregiver for a month or year (Direct enquiries to Nicolette Labuschage firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Donating in kind (Please see our needs lists above)
- Volunteer by offering some of your time and skills to renovate our buildings, assist with marketing, professional services and more.
What are the sponsorship benefits to you and/ or your company?
- Association for the Sensory Disabled is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). A Section 18A Tax Certificate will be issued for donations in excess of R1000 to claim back from SARS.
- Recognition will be given to you on our website and social networks.
- Your company logo will appear on our website.
- Articles will be placed in our newsletter.
- Press releases will be published in the local media with regards to larger projects.
I would like to sponsor / make a donation to ASD:
Chairperson: Andries Burger
Vice-Chairperson: Glen Harvie
Secretary: Aneen Peek
Treasurer: Mishqoa Karriem
Member: André Opperman
Member: Marieta O’Callaghan
Member: Lestine Engelbrecht (Parent)
Member: Babalwa Mahlumba (Parent)
General Manager: Nicolette Labuschagne
Special Care Centre:
Programme Implementer: Naomi Baron
Administrator: Melissa Witbooi
Child and Youth Care Centre:
Social Worker: Chantel van Belkum