Welcome to Pathways-Pretoria
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Pathways-Pretoria is a non-profit organisation, initiated in August 2002 and co-founded by parents in their quest to find school accommodation for children with various disabilities. These parents found themselves frustrated with the lack of available information, assistance, services as well as a lack of appropriate facilities to cater for their children’s special needs. It was almost impossible to find a facility that was providing intensive one-on-one stimulation that was catering for the current needs of these children, as well as providing for their future needs and assisting them in becoming contributing members of society.
Currently the centre serves a total of a 110 learners, 70 children aged 3 – 15 and 40 young adults with varied needs. A staff of 2 principals, 13 teachers and 45 assistants provide services to these children. The centre has also employed three young adults with intellectual disabilities in the form of an administrative assistant and facilitators.
We provide services to children with one or more of the following conditions:
- Severe mental and physical disabilities
- Speech impairments
- Blindness and visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
Around 50% of our children have dual disabilities (e.g. autism and visual impairment) and 80% have no functional speech.
At present there are 6 established Pathways branches in South Africa – Pretoria, Durban, Polokwane, Roodepoort, Brits, Bethlehem and Pathways-Naboomspruit of which Pathways-Pretoria serves the most children. All off these branches function independently but with strong, shared core values, passion and program goals.
Pathways-Pretoria consists of 5 different entities
- Pathways-Pretoria Centre (children 18 months to 16 years)
- Pathways-Studio (young adults and young adults 17 years and older)
- Pathways Residence (group home for 8 young adults)
- Pathways Outreach (initiating and supporting various programs to empower Black children and woman)
- Pathways Training (training for approximately 300 individuals annually including parents, facilitators, teachers and therapists)
The management, marketing and program coordination of Pathways-Pretoria are mainly the responsibility of the two principals, Tammy Greyling and Danita Nel. The school is served by and active and passionate governing body who meets monthly to ensure the success of the organisation.