Understanding Intellectual Disability -
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 -
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.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, COMPLIANCE & GOVERNANCE
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, financial management and compliance.
Should your centre/facility require assistance, please contact the HELP DESK for an appointment.
Michelle Mert: Tel: 021 510 4686
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-
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.
GRADUATION DAY! Such an exciting day for all of us at WCFID! We are so proud of these special care centre carers who are the first to graduate from our NQF2 accredited carer course, in partnership with Robin Trust titled Home Based Care: Disability Care. This pilot course ran for 6 months and was definitely a journey of so much hard work for everyone involved.
A WORD OF THANKS FOR SERVICES
'On behalf of myself, board members and staff, I wish to thank you and WCFID for your services and support in our progress of compliance towards government policy.' Member Centre
SPECIAL ACCREDITED COURSE AVAILABLE FOR CARERS IN 2018
This course, Home Based Care: Disability Care, provides 32 credits towards a National Certificate.
This course also inculdes WCFID training on: Understanding Intellectual Disability; Learning by Doing; The Right to Protection and Thinking Ahead.
Please contact Aimee Isaacs on 021 510 4686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about this course.
THE NEW VERA GROVER PROFESSOR OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
The Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability is delighted to announce that Professor Sharon Kleintjes has been appointed the third Professor of the Vera Grover Chair of Intellectual Disability.
Sharon was appointed to (effective, March 2018) the Vera Grover Chair of Intellectual Disability in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government Department of Health. She will also assume a role on the WCFID Board of Management and will take over chairing the Vera Grover Trust Fund Allocations Committee.
Sharon has an MA Clinical Psychology (UCT), 1991; MPhil Child and Adolescent Pyschiatry (UCT), 2004 and a PhD (UCT), 2012. She has worked in the Western Cape Province’s Department of Health, as a clinical psychologist and as a programme manager for the Mental Health Programme in the province between 1996 and 2004. Sharon did some of her training with Professor Vera Grover at Alexandra Hospital and worked as part of the mental health team, with Manny Saptouw and Marinda Roelofse, which drew attention to the important issue of sexuality and intellectual disability. She also has a strong research background.
Please join the WCFID in congratulating Sharon and welcoming her to her new post.