The Autism Project is committed to supporting the autism community and this passion takes our team into the community where we create the opportunity to support, enrich, up-skill, and resource organisations, schools and families in the form of a POP UP Clinic twice a year.
Situated in Rural KZN, Pholela Special School currently serves 224 learners, ranging in ages from 7 to 27 years old, although they are currently growing to accommodate even more learners and their growth includes a much needed boarding facility for learners who are currently travelling sometimes 2 hours or more each day to get to school.
During our first visit earlier this year, our team conducted a school audit, restructured the grouping of their learners to better facilitate curriculum delivery and revamped and resourced 3 classrooms out of the current 7. We also provided training and materials in the use AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication), IEDPs (Individualised Education and Development Plans) and Sensory Awareness. The Autism Project provided a Sensory Area in each classroom as well as the playground. The school’s playground was uplifted and areas were created both on the playground and on the surrounding corridor verandas for age-appropriate eating, play and social activities for the entire school.
The POP UP team is currently creating more resources specific to the needs of this school and it’s learners as well as developing training content to upskill the teachers and their supporting aids in their own language (Zulu).
We are eagerly awaiting our return trip to Pholela which will happen once their building renovations are complete in 2020.
This non-profit initiative is in proud collaboration with Autism; South Africa and is funded by Pfire Storm and their sponsors. For more information on this project or to get involved, give us a call or drop us a line!