People with disabilities are one of the most marginalised groups in the world. As beneficiaries, we cover all kinds of disability and render services, run homes and provide education, training and job opportunities to children and adults in each and every corner of our country.
With sports at the core, Special Olympics is a leader in the field of intellectual disability and the largest amateur sports federation, making incredible strides in the areas of health, education, family support, research and policy change in over 180 countries world-wide. We reach more than 32,000 athletes across 9 provinces and offers training in 13 official sports with more than 730 competition opportunities each year. Our aim is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics South Africa is an affiliated member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) through the Sport for the Intellectually Impaired South Africa structure.
Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition - it is not a mental illness or psychiatric disorder. About 1 in every 100 people has epilepsy but a single seizure does not necessarily mean you have epilepsy as 1 in 20 people have a seizure at some time in their lives. Epilepsy can affect anyone, at any age, and many children with epilepsy will outgrow it. 75% of people with epilepsy have had their first seizure before the age of 20. Epilepsy is not infectious or contagious and up to 80% of people will have their epilepsy controlled by medication.
EPILEPSY SOUTH AFRICA is a dynamic organisation providing development services nationally to promote equal opportunities for people with epilepsy and other disabilities. Our vision is to provide integrated services that are equitable, accessible, sustainable and people-centered with and for people with epilepsy and other disabilities and all affected by epilepsy, to promote social justice.