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.
Where does Ukhetho operate?
Ukhetho operates within the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
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
What does Ukhetho offer?
  • Planning framework
  • Advice
  • Information
  • Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Referrals and links