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Meet the Staff of Includid
Tracy Morris
Mabel Riley
Susan Mapfumo
Our Mission and Vision
About Includid
Our mission is to train, enable and empower individuals with intellectual disabilities so that they can take control of their own lives, develop to their full potential and thus be enabled to live with support or independently in the community where their full human rights are respected.

Our focus is on ability, not disability. To that end our philosophy is nothing about us without us. We endeavour to involve the residents in every part of their day to day lives. Thus residents take part in planning what they want to eat, help with the cooking and shopping. Residents choose what they want to wear and dress themselves (though a few do need a helping hand from a support worker).

We provide inclusive living, training and employment in Cape Town, for approximately 70 intellectually disabled adults with ages ranging from mid 20's to early 80's.
Residents live in group homes with the help of a support worker. They are as independent and self reliant as possible. There are eight homes in the grounds of Alexandra Hospital and one outside in the local community.
Double Story House
Forrest House
Light House
Sunshine House
Alden House
Garden Cottage
Rainbow House
Self Development
Residents undergo training in personal hygiene, cooking, housekeeping, shopping and cleaning. They decide what to wear, what and when to eat, at what time to get up. This is a far cry from their days in hospital when they had no choice as to what to eat, what to wear and had to go to bed at 8.00 p.m. until 6.00 the next day. Some residents have pets to look after. Some engage in sports, others prefer to spend their leisure time watching t.v, dancing or listening to music.

Each resident celebrates their birthday by electing an activity they want to take part in. It may be a visit to Ratanga Junction, to visit the seaside, eating at a particular restaurant etc.
Training and Eductation
Many of the residents have had little or no schooling. Over half the residents attend weekly literacy and life skills classes and some undertake regular visits to the local library. Classes are held on subjects such as your money, budgeting and saving, voting, transport, hygiene and sexuality. Basic technology is also a popular subject.
Many of the residents work at the group home workshops in the mornings, for which they receive a small wage.

The garden provides work for residents, some of whom are physically, as well as intellectually, disabled.

The garden is now well established and in summer provides some of the residents food needs.

The lavender project takes our home grown lavender and produces lavender sachets. Residents are engaged in all aspects of the process, stripping the lavender, filling the bags and applying a label.

A sewing group produces items by sewing and knitting.

A couple of residents work in the offices and help with administration, answering the phone, sorting the post and photocopying.

Several residents work in the paper making scheme, which produces hand-made paper and bookmarks as well as labels for the lavender group.
Includid residents busy with Paper and Bead projects
Resident cutting up paper
A resident busy with the Bead project
Residents busy with the Paper project
Resident cutting up paper
Residents busy with various projects
A resident begins with the Lavender project
Putting lavender in the lavender bag
Closing up the lavender bag
The completed Lavender bag, with label attached
Advocacy The residents are keen to speak for themselves rather than have someone do it for them. Each house elects a representative who speaks for that house at a weekly meeting of representatives. Residents attend trustee meetings, disability conferences (both in S Africa and abroad) and have spoken at Parliament. One of our residents is a representative of the Western cape Forum for Intellectual Disability.