Social Development Objectives
To provide information, render supportive services, and give advice and guidance on the management of Epilepsy in order for people living with the condition to have a better quality of life in society, aimed at promoting inclusion.
1. Social Development Programmes
- Counselling and support
- Support groups
- Public education and training
- Advocacy Human Rights and Inclusion
Counselling and support is both individual and family-based and is facilitated by trained social workers. This service provides accurate information regarding all the challenges facing people with epilepsy as well as their families. It focuses on the management of epilepsy and people’s successful integration into society.
Social support groups are facilitated by our social auxiliary workers in response to common needs identified by the social workers and social auxiliary workers and draw on the expertise of both social workers and volunteers. The meetings mainly focus on parenting support and education.
Public education, training and advocacy. To educate individuals, groups and communities about epilepsy, human rights, and disability in order to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in education, the workplace and the community. The development and distribution of user-friendly, accurate information does much to combat the endless myths and stigmas surrounding epilepsy. Educational materials such as epilepsy fact sheets and training manuals are available
The mainstreaming of children with epilepsy and other disabilities is the current educational policy yet the majority of educators are not appropriately equipped to deal with a seizure or to manage epilepsy. Epilepsy South Africa - Western Cape therefore offers training in the form of workshops ranging from a short one-hour basic information session to an intensive 12-hour session.
The corporate environment remains a priority for Epilepsy South Africa - Western Cape. Inclusion programmes and epilepsy management is offered to employers and employees. This assists them with the placement and integration of people with epilepsy into the workplace.
Ongoing awareness is also achieved through media outreach, public presentations and displays.
Economic Development Objective
To provide economic skills training and opportunities for people with disabilities to become economically independent.
2. Economic Empowerment Programmes
Protective Employment Workshops
The Protective Employment Workshops are registered as: Care Craft, “Quality People, Quality Products” and are situated in Lansdowne and Wellington. These workshops strive towards economic sustainability through the production of quality products and sound business principles and practice.
3. Skills Development and Employment Objectives
- To create a disability conscious corporate sector through preparing the employer with their structural arrangements in terms of employment equity plans, and HR management.
- To recruit and employ people with disabilities within those corporates
- To support both the employer and employee through the provision of disability management services
Skills Development and Employment Programmes
- Learnership Skills Training
- Internship Placement
- eDess (Epilepsy Disability Employment Support Service)
Learnership Skills Training
People with disabilities will be up skilled with a nationally recognised qualification. The psychological and social circumstances of each learner will be assessed in order to determine suitability of the person in the programme. The level of competency in literacy and numeracy in English will be established and this will determine whether the client is suitable for the learnership or not. To contribute towards ensuring a successful application for the learnership the clients will understand the rules regulations and processes of the organisation, the funder and also of the Host employer. People with disabilities will receive reasonable accommodation and disability support to ensure that learners cope with their practical training.
Learners will be able to have experiential learning through the placement of learners in host placement. The host employer and employee will receive the necessary support to ensure a better working relationship and the workplace environment could be modified based on needs and reasonable accommodation are offered to the clients through disability support, disability management, counseling, job coaching and mentoring
For learners who do not find sustainable employment after the learnership Epilepsy South Africa will do psychosocial assessments, functional capacity assessments, literacy and numeracy assessments. When there are job opportunities available they will be selected and placed based on their skills sets. Support, disability management, job coaching and mentoring services will also be provided to these individuals.
eDESS (Epilepsy Disability Employment Support Service) is a revolutionary Disability Employment Model that has especially been developed for Epilepsy South Africa (Western Cape). Its objective is geared to proactively drive the Disability Employment Agenda in South Africa.
The (eDESS) model differs from any other existing Disability employment model in that it is designed in line with the latest employment best practice models consistent with legislation as it affects employers of the Disabled in South Africa.
Overall the eDESS model is designed primarily for the upliftment and empowerment of people with disabilities to become independent and self sustainable through a structured and supported process working hand in hand with potential employers.
Through assessing, and assisting clients to find employment. Epilepsy South Africa Western Cape assists the individual to develop an individual career plan. The organisation will match the client with the appropriate job and offer support and guidance to the individual while he finds employment for at least 3 months.