Understanding Intellectual Disability - a handbook for families, staff,
students and professionals
Edited by Rebecca Johns and Colleen Adnams
Available HERE from the WCFID
‘This manual represents an important milestone. Written by experts but in a very engaging
and accessible style. It will become a key resource for families, staff, students and
professionals, and, most importantly, a way to improve the lives of people with intellectual
disability. The book pays tribute to the legacy of the late Professor Grover, and adds to the
excellent work of the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability. The book has
application not only in the Western Cape but much more broadly, and I anticipate that it will
be used far beyond the borders of the Western Cape, and of South Africa’.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Editor in Chief: African Journal of Disability
Elected at the AGM 13 September 2016 - WCFID Board of Management; 2016 - 2018. From left: Gail Davids; Nomasango Xabaniso; Rosemary De Waal; John Williams (Treasurer); Tessa Wood (ex officio); Fatima Shaboodien (Chairperson); Sue van der Linde; Colleen Adnams; Seated: Lecinda Cunningham and Lindelwa Madikane. Absent from the photograph: Kay Cikizwa and Aletta Pearce.
Ruth Alfreds (on the left) was presented with the WCFID Honorary Life Membership Award by the Chairperson, Fatima Shaboodien. The award is in recognition of her exceptional service to the intellectual disability sector.
GOVERNANCE & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
The WCFID offers support to special care centres/24 hour care facilities for people with severe to profound intellectual disability through training and mentoring in governance and financial management.
Should your centre/facility require assistance, please contact the HELP DESK for an appointment.
ONE-TO-ONE DAY Sunday, 20 August 2017 - Cape Town Stadium
Prof. Colleen Adnams (on the left) was presented with the WCFID Honorary Life Membership Award by the Chairperson, Fatima Shaboodien. The award is in recognition of her exceptional service to the intellectual disability sector. Prof. Adnams has numerous
publications in the areas of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities
In South Africa and holds the only chair of intellectual disability in Africa.
Prof. Colleen Adnams is the also new President of IASSIDD
Founded in 1964, IASSIDD is an international, interdisciplinary and scientific non-governmental organisation that promotes worldwide research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities. IASSIDD has official relations with the World Health Organistation - www.iassidd.org
The WCFID is proud to be associated with Colleen.
William Kerfoot is a lawyer at the Cape Town Legal Resources Centre. He has been a
friend of the Forum for 20 years and has been involved in the Right to Education
campaign for children with severe to profound intellectual disability.
Honorary life membership of the WCFID was given to William to acknowledge how important he has been to the advocacy movement, and to thank him for his many years of support to the sector. The honorary life membership award was presented to William by Aletta Pearce (not shown in picture) WCFID Board Member.