The Centre for Autism Research and Education (CARE) will
host a charity fundraiser on Thursday, 11 July at Katy's Palace Bar in
Kramerville, featuring multiple-award winning performer, Lira.
The event aims to raise awareness around Autism and to raise
funds for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who require the intervention
provided by CARE.
CARE is an Early Intervention Therapy Centre, Pre-school and
Centre of Focused Learning for learners between the ages of eighteen months to
twelve years presenting with features of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The centre
offers highly specialised intervention for learners on the Autistic Spectrum.
This includes Speech and Occupational Therapy as well as one-on-one and
group-based interventions, which have proven to be beneficial.
A fundamental part of CARE's approach is the support they
offer to parents of children on the Autistic Spectrum. The centre provides a
single point of contact to a full complement of health-care professionals and
teachers, catering specifically for learners with Autism all under one roof.
This means that parents are assisted in gaining the right interventions for
their children, all through the centre.
The most recent statistics suggest an increase in children
diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum, with 1 in 88 children affected.
This creates a huge demand for specialised services required from an
educational and therapeutic point of view.
In South Africa, there are currently very few facilities
that cater to the specific needs of learners on the Autistic Spectrum. CARE
originally opened its doors in June 2011 to accommodate learners with Autism
who had few other educational options. Rozanna Riback, Founder and Occupational
Therapist, had envisioned this holistic early intervention centre along with
Krishen Samuel, a Speech-Language Pathologist. Since then the team has grown
from strength to strength.
The school initially begun in a small premises in Parkwood,
but has since expanded to two properties on the busy Bompas Road in Dunkeld,
Johannesburg. The centre continues to admit new learners and is constantly
expanding due to the high demand for this type of service in South Africa.
CARE has proven to be
a safe haven and therapeutic space for learners and parents alike.
A unique facility for specialised intervention
The treatment of Autism requires specialised knowledge and
an in-depth understanding of the learners' areas of core deficits. Riback
explains: "There are different treatment approaches for learners on the
Autistic Spectrum, each rooted in a specific theoretical and evidence-based
background. Certain centres or institutions tend to prefer one method of
intervention over another. However, at CARE, we believe that learners respond
differently to different methods of intervention.
"We thus offer eclectic interventions which target each
learner's specific areas of difficulty. We offer Individualised Education
Development Programmes (IEDP) which profile each learners strengths and
weaknesses. From this we formulate a management plan based on the learner's
The school is open all year round, closing for a holiday
break only once a year and operating hours (7:00 to 17:00) accommodate parents'
About the event
As there are many children currently being diagnosed with
Autism and a lack of services in the country, CARE recognises the dire need for
service provision in terms of therapy and education. Not all families are able
to afford the specialised intervention which is usually required for a learner
with Autism. In addition, government-based services often have long waiting
lists and crucial time is wasted in attempting to access services.
As an organisation working in the field of Autism, CARE
would like to sponsor the tuition of a learner from a disadvantaged background.
As this is a costly endeavour, the centre will need to raise funds to do so
through the Charity Benefit Evening. CARE also wants to raise general awareness
around Autism through the event.
In addition to Lira's performance, there will also be other
entertainment and events happening throughout the evening, including
performances by Mentalist Gilan Gork and DJ Ashleigh Caradas, and the centre
will auction off special items produced by its learners. There will be special
prizes up for grabs through raffles which will be taking place during the
evening. All funds raised will contribute towards the tuition of a learner with
All members of public, corporate entities, parents of
children with Autism, their families, and professionals working in the field
are invited to attend. The event will kick off at 19:00 and tickets are
available from CARE costing R500. CARE can be contacted
on:firstname.lastname@example.org; m: 082 909 0054; t: 011 447 3824.
Purchasing a ticket
will help a child with Autism reach his or her full potential and in so doing,
change a child's life.
19:00 - 19:15 p.m: Guests arrive and have a welcome cocktail
- Starters to be served
19:30 - 20:15 p.m:
Gilan Gork (Mentalist) - Dinner to be served
20:30 - 21:00 p.m:
21:05 - 22:00 p.m: Photos, Autographs and final RAFFLE (big
prize). Dessert to be served
22:00 - 24:00 p.m: DJ
the website here for more information.