The Sunshine Association is a dynamic, progressive and innovative non-profit organisation. They are focused on early intervention in the field of intellectual disability and offer diverse services on many levels. These multi-faceted services are a direct response to the needs identified by the communities concerned about children with disabilities.
Established in 1976; a group of concerned mothers, headed by Sylvia Langenhoven, formed a small playgroup for their young children with disabilities. The aim of the group was to provide the children with early intervention and stimulation, and to support the parents. Today, the Sunshine Association is just as committed to the development of children with intellectual, development or physical disabilities and delays. We work in partnership with families, communities and professionals to offer these children, their families and communities the vital services and support they require.
The Association qualifies as a Socio-Economic Development initiative as they comply with Code 700 of the Dti’s BEE Codes of Good Practice. This enables Core Competency to add to its own BEE scorecard by contributing to their socio-economic development objectives.
Many children with disabilities do not receive the services they need due to the limited availability of these services. Furthermore, in many communities the family is discriminated against and excluded from the community. In many circumstances the child is hidden away in fear of discrimination and ostrisisation.
It is their firm belief that communities need to be educated and that awareness needs to be created around intellectual disability and developmental delays and the rights of these children to be part of community life.