Carel du Toit Centre will support 200 children with hearing impairments from poor families in South Africa in 2020. Our unique methodology makes it possible for children to hear and speak and acquire language and knowledge Support includes audiological management of hearing devices, professional therapies, schooling, transport, aftercare and meals. Children progress from Grade 3 at the Carel du Toit Centre to mainstream curriculum schooling to become the best versions of themselves as adults.
In South Africa, 1.5 million children have disabling hearing loss, with approximately 6116 babies born every year with permanent bilateral loss or acquiring the condition in the first weeks of life. The inability to hear creates an insular world for the individual, is often associated with academic underachievement and illiteracy, with the resultant economic burden of a child who grows to adulthood lacking the skills to find reasonable employment.
Our methodology is unique in that it enables children who are deaf (with as little as 3% hearing) to hear, to speak and to develop language to an extent where are fully integrated into a hearing world. Screening to identify hearing impairments in babies and young children in poor communities; Intervention in CdT family focused CHAT Centre (children hear and talk) for young children and parents; Specialist school up to Grade 3; Holistic support including audiological management and therapies.
Inclusivity and tolerance of differences are key to peace in our world. The Carel du Toit Trust is an active advocate towards a world where all can live without fear of injustice or prejudice. Through learning to hear and speak children with hearing impairments develop into confident adults who achieve in business, in academia and in family life.