KnowCP


If your life is touched in some way by cerebral palsy – you or your child, brother, sister, parent, other relative or friend are directly affected by cerebral palsy, or if you are a professional dedicated to assisting persons with cerebral palsy – then you know that making knowledge and information on cerebral palsy freely available to all of us who need it is a key element in overcoming the challenges of cerebral palsy.

KnowCP serves the needs of our community for information and knowledge on cerebral palsy, and our need for connection to resources that can assist us face and overcome the challenges on cerebral palsy in our lives. 

 

What KnowCP does
KnowCP collects information from sources around Southern Africa and the world, and makes it freely available to all who ask for it through the KnowCP distribution channels in Southern Africa – the KnowCP website, e-mail, telephone and fax, and ordinary mail as well as through physical distribution and awareness campaigns.

 

If you have information or knowledge you would like to share, send it to us. Also, if you don’t find something you are looking for, let us know.
We always have to work within the constraints of budget, time and available resources, but we pledge to always strive within those constraints to meet the needs of our community in cerebral palsy. 

 

KnowCP collects information from sources around Southern Africa and the world, and makes it freely available to all who ask for it through the KnowCP distribution channels in Southern Africa – the KnowCP website, e-mail, telephone and fax, and ordinary mail as well as through physical distribution and awareness campaigns.


KnowCP is a virtual service - it operates from our base in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, and is reachable by our global community.

Ukhetho

(This programme is not currently active)

Ukhetho is a transition planning programme which is structured to develop individual’s decision-making and transition-planning skills – enabling them to successfully negotiate the transitions in their lives (for example from school to tertiary education or employment, or from dependent to independent living).


What Ukhetho does
Ukhetho assists young (and young-at-heart) individuals affected by cerebral palsy within a structured programme of transition planning. Transition planning aims to identify opportunities and experiences during their school and early adult years which will help them better prepare for life as independent adults. Transition planning with Ukhetho is an enabler – it can assist participants in securing employment, pursuing post-secondary education and fully participating in community life. Ukhetho provides a structured planning framework, and supports the individual as they learn about their choices, and plan and undertake their own transitions in life. Ukhetho doesn’t do what individuals must do for themselves – this will never build independence. 

 

When should transition planning start?

The transition planning process should ideally begin as early as possible - in some cases even from about age 14. Starting early allows time to prepare the Transition Plan and put it into action. On the other hand, there is no strict age-limit for participation – people with cerebral palsy face different transitions throughout their lives, and can benefit immensely from the planning framework and support. 

What approach does Ukhetho use?

Ukhetho uses a best-practice person-centered planning approach. This places the individual affected by cerebral palsy (and/or their family as appropriate) in a leadership role during transition planning. The ultimate goal of this person-centered planning is to create supports and opportunities that enable a person affected by cerebral palsy to take control and experience a self-directed life. 

 

What does Ukhetho mean?

Ukhetho is a Xhosa word meaning choice – the programme provides individuals affected by cerebral palsy the vehicle to develop choices for their future. 

 

What are the focus points of Ukhetho?
 

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Health and healthcare

  • Social/emotional needs and development

  • Life-skills

  • Management and planning of finances

  • Housing and living arrangements

  • Community involvement

  • Transport

  • Other relevant areas, depending on individual needs

  • Planning framework

  • Advice

  • Information

  • Counseling

  • Mediation

  • Referrals and links

FIND US:

Cerebral Palsy Association (Eastern Cape)

54 Admiralty Way, Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth

Phone: +27 41 583 2130
E-mail: info@cpaec.org.za

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