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					    Interface National Newsletter                                                                     August 2007
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           University of Pretoria     Maybe a war movie              responsibility and time
           Tel: (012) 420 2001
           Fax: (012) 420 4389        comes to mind, or a            commitments every day. A
                                      dramatic rescue scene.         dedicated teacher going
                                      The fireman risking his        more than the extra mile
          ISSN 1018-2071              life to rescue the little      to bring about positive
   Interface promotes                 girl from the flames.          changes in the education
   communication for                  Braveheart – fighting to       system. Young adults with
  people with complex                 the bitter end to defend       disabilities getting out        opposition changed the
 communication needs                  his values and the             there to make their             world for the better.
    by supplementing                  freedom of his country.        dreams come true.
existing communication                Working in the field of                                        I believe that you will
      with gestures,                  disability brings with it      Do heroes get tired? I          meet some heroes in
communication boards                  the tremendous privilege       would think so. Do they         the next few pages.
      and assistive                   of touching the lives of       ever get discouraged? I         They will probably be
    technology (thus,                 many heroes. They              would       believe      yes.   much too humble to
     augmentative &                   might look quite ordinary      However, heroes will find       accept      that     title.
        alternative                   on the outside. But you        the courage to go back          However, you, as the
     communication)                   will       find       them     and face the battle again       reader, may make your
                                      everywhere. In schools.        and once again. I was           own judgement. So
                                      In homes.                      privileged     to    recently   enjoy, and be inspired!
Individual Highlights                 In rehabilitation centres.     watch the movie “Amazing        And to all of them, and
                                      In clinics. In practices. In   Grace”, telling the story of    the many other heroes
• Interface
  branch news                page 2   the open labour market.        William Wilberforce who         out there – we salute
                                                                     fought for the abolition of     you! May you find
• School news                page 4   It might be the wife of a      the slave trade – year          courage and strength to
                                      husband        with      a     after year. A humble,           ‘face the battle’ each
• Centre News                page 6
                                      progressive condition,         peaceful man – not              day, rejoice in victories,
• Let’s get practical        page 7   supporting her spouse          exactly      typical    hero    big and small, and keep
                                      with     respect     and       material. Yet his tenacious     the faith!
• Fofa                      page 10   dedication. The mother         belief in the cause and his                   The Editor
• The wheels on the
                                      of a child with disability,    perseverance in the face                 Kerstin Tönsing
  bus                      page 13    shouldering the added          of overwhelming

• For your diary           page 14
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�����������������������������������                      www.chaelicampaig        learners will be
                                 Association was our and be           videoed participating
                                                                                  within the school
  ��������������                 guest speaker and
                                 gave an interactive
                                 workshop on             Our Interface office
                                                         is open on Friday        Interface KZN hosted
      Interface                  adapting toys and
                                                                                  a 2 day workshop on
                                 games for people        afternoons between
                                                         1.30pm and 3pm by        The Grid software.
 Western Cape                    with disabilities.                               This was presented
                                 She showed us that      appointment for
                                                                                  by Celeste Mukheibir
         News                    are just takes some     information and
                                                                                  of Inclusive Solutions
                                 creativity and          advice, as well as to    on the 7th and 8th
                                 simple adaptations      demonstrate              June and proved to
                                                         software and             be a valuable and

          reetings               to enable children
          from a cold            and adults with         devices. Please          hands on learning
          and rainy              disabilities to         contact Nicky Smit       opportunity for the
 Mother City. The                participate in play.    for an appointment,      educators and
                                                         either via email:        therapists who
 few beautiful sunny             Luvuyo Tyulu
                                                         interface.wc@intek       attended. On the
 days between the                attended the FOFA                                afternoon of the 7th
 rainy days make it              week held at the or cell:
                                                         082 733 2756             June, Celeste
 all worth it! On                CAAC during May.                                 presented a free
 Saturday 9 June we              It has been an                                   session and this was
 met at Vista Nova               exciting journey for                             also found to be very
 School for our                  him to
                                                             Interface            useful for those in
 AGM. We had a                   communicating                                    attendance.
 number of new                   independently using
                                                           KZN News
 members at the                  his voice output                                 Although the public
 meeting and hope                communication                                    sector strike was
                                                         Interface KZN will be    ongoing at the time,
 they will help us in            device. We look         actively involved in     and a venue change
 “spreading the                  forward to seeing       the ISAAC                was required for the
 word” of AAC. The               him develop from        International            training workshop and
 current committee               strength to strength.   Awareness Event for      the Interface KZN
 committed to                    Nicky Smit attended     October 2007. 10         AGM that followed, a
 continuing for the              the Chaeli              mainstream schools       quorum was obtained
 new year, but we                Campaign                have been identified     for the AGM.
 are still on the look           Conference –            in KZN, which will be
 out for additional                                      approached. The          The Interface KZN
                                 “Funding Freedom
                                                         idea is that learners    Committee said
 people to join us.              and Leadership for      will participate in      goodbye to two of our
 Our 2007/2008                   Life” as well as the    activities that will     hard working and
 committee is:                   Embracing               increase their           long term members
 Luvuyo and                      Perfection Fashion      awareness of AAC.        this year, Di Maitland
 Poscalina Tyulu,                Show held on Youth      Speech Language          and Suzanne van
 Graham Clarke,                  Day. It was so          and Audiology            ZYl, who resigned
 Vaughan Cuff,                   encouraging and         Students at UKZN will    due to other
 Gaye Williams,                  motivating to see       link up with Interface   commitments. They
 Delia Tew, Nafisa               what these five         KZN to co-ordinate       both remain members
 Baboo, Nicky Smit               young girls have        activities in the        of Interface. We
 and Lezanne le                                          participating schools.   welcomed Pat Frow
                                 achieved to help
                                                         Multiply disabled AAC    onto our committee
 Roux. Mary Clark                children with           user’s currently
 of the Toy Library              disabilities. Have a                             early in 2007. Pat
                                                         attending mainstream     was a member of the
                                 look at their           schools have been        initial Interface KZN
                                 website:                identified, and these    committee
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many years ago, and             Italy, Poland,            addressed and will        group in Northern
we value her input              Sweden, Taiwan and        include the use of        KZN are also
and insights as an              the USA. In South         picture symbol            proposing to raffle an
adult living with a             Africa at least 1500      boards, manual signs      AAC device with the
disability. Pat has             learners at               and alphabet boards.      money raised from
published her                   mainstream schools        Interface members         the raffle going
autobiography                   in the Cape,              including individuals     towards AAC
“Wheeling towards               KwaZulu-Natal,            who use AAC,              educator and non-
the Prize”.                     Limpopo and               parents, and              educator staff training
Felicity Jonck                  Gauteng provinces         therapists and            in 2008. Bev Garner
Chairperson:                    will be participating -   educators will be         has also approached
Interface KZN                   some in urban and         involved in presenting    the current KZN
                                others in rural areas.    the activities that are   Rotary District
                                                          designed with the aim     Governor with the
                                ISAAC started in          of raising awareness      purpose of arranging
                                1983 and has              of the use of AAC. In     guest speakers to
                                thousands of              addition Speech           Rotary clubs
                                members in 50             Pathology students        throughout KZN,
International                   countries. 14             from UKZN will            preferably in October.
Awareness                       countries have            present the activities
                                groups called             in ten schools in KZN.    To further raise
Events:                         Chapters. Although                                  awareness the local
                                South Africa has          The Centre for AAC        press need to be
October 2007                    more than 10              at the University of      contacted and
                                individual members        Pretoria will also        provided with a

       his year, for the        and therefore has         be hosting awareness      suitable press release
       first time ever,         representation on the     events during the first   or invitation to run a
       ISAAC is                 Board of ISAAC we         week of October           story on the events at
promoting an                    are not yet a Chapter     culminating a             schools.
international                   of ISAAC and so the       promotional AAC
awareness month                 event will be co-         open day on the 5th       Photographs of the
during October. The             ordinated through         October that will also    event need to be
primary target is               Interface. The            include presentations     taken and photos will
raising the awareness           awareness raising         by the Pretoria           be selected to be sent
of mainstream school            events in our             participants of the       to the ISAAC
learners about the              mainstream schools        FOFA training             Information
needs and                       will include the          programme. The            Exchange.
capabilities of                 showing of a short        other young men who
children who use                video of children in      participated in the       The Information
AAC. The awareness              South Africa using        FOFA training,            Exchange will have a
month will be                   their AAC systems to      an empowerment/lea        special category
promoted each year              interact in their         dership program for       "international AAC
during October and              classrooms, on the        young adults who use      awareness event"
the goal is to get the          playground, in their      AAC run by the            for the month of
entire world talking            homes and in              CAAC, will each           October, November
about AAC. This year            community situations.     make a presentation       and December to
South Africa will be            The mainstream            about AAC to a            show the pictures and
one of the inaugural            learners will then be     group of their choice,    any stories that have
13 countries in 5               involved in using AAC     e.g. to a school or to    been written on the
continents to                   to communicate and        students.                 event from around the
participate.                    interact during fun                                 world.
Participating                   activities. These         In addition to
Countries include               fun activities will be    targeting the children    Interface KZN will
Argentina, Australia,           adapted depending         at a mainstream           also be designing a
Belgium, Canada,                on the grade level of     school in Madadeni,       bookmark using
Egypt, Finland, India,          the learners being        the AAC interest          picture
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symbols and                     workshop will be free     picture or alphabet      physical and cognitive
including both the              for all Interface         boards to                disabilities. Pathways
ISAAC and Interface             members. Should you       communicate about a      was based at the
logo as a memento               wish to get involved      given topic. After the   Mount Horeb
for the participants at         with the                  events photos will be    Presbyterian Church.
schools to buy and              Johannesburg branch       selected for the         From inception
keep.                           of Interface, please      ISAAC Information        children attending
                                contact Desirae Pillay    Exchange which will      Pathways had
Any profits from these          at                        feature a special        siblings attending
will go to the Interface       category                 Mitchell House thus
branches.                       m or 082 822 5193.        "International AAC       the bond between the
                                In June I got a           awareness event" for     two schools had
Margi Lilienfeld                surprise from SARS        more information you     always been strong.
                                when I received tax       can e-mail Margi         Visits and outings
                                submission forms for      Lilienfeld at:           were an integral and
     Interface                  the past five years!      margi.lilienfeld@west    natural part of the
                                Which we will                   ethos of both schools.
     Pretoria                   address and hopefully                              We had always
                                submit before the         Lastly be sure to        believed in Inclusion
        News                    deadline - 30th of        check the Interface      and had always
                                June 2007.                website regularly for    cherished the dream
                                                          event details:           of one day including
                                Margi Lilienfeld has      http://www.interface­    our children into a

           e are in the
           grip of a            been hard at work    mainstream school.
           colder winter        with the                                           When Mitchell House
                                arrangements for the      Martin Pistorius         began planning their
than we’ve had over                                       Chairperson Interface
the past few years,             ISAAC AAC                                          relocation they invited
                                awareness event to        SA                       us to join them on
while Interface has
                                be held in October                                 their new premises.
been quietly
simmering. Probably             this year. She has                                 We were allocated an
the most significant            managed to find a                                  area of land and the
event since the last
Newsletter has been
                                professional film
                                maker Dane Maxwell            �����                Pathways
                                who has agreed to
                                                               �                   Committee, Parents

the establishment of
Interface                       produce a 10 - 15                                  and Staff began
Johannesburg on the             minute video of                �                   planning fundraising
12th of May. Desirae            children who use
                                AAC (both low/no­

                                                               �                   events to raise funds
                                                                                   for the building of the
and Michael Pillay
have really been                tech and high-tech)            �
              Enrichment Centre.
doing a sterling job            systems to                     �                   The Nunez Family,
                                communicate at                                     Hansen Family and
over the past year or
                                school, home and in          ��������              Shearer Family
A subsequent                    the community.               ��������              initiated a Golf Day
                                                                                   hosted by Gary
meeting was held on
                                During the event in          ����������            Player. A fund raising
the 16th of June, and
a steering committee            October this DVD will                              team was set up to

was established.                be used as an                    athways-          co-ordinate the event
Their committee                 introduction to AAC              Polokwane, a      and a substantial
decided their first             for children in                  non-profit        amount was raised
initiative would be to          mainstream schools.       Section 21 Company,      with which to start
hold a workshop on              After the children        was established in       building. Keith
Alternative                     have watched the          October 1998, after      Baragwanath and
Communication and               video a variety of fun    an overwhelming          Des Wentzel set
the role of Interface in        activities will be done   demand for a Centre      about overseeing the
South Africa. The               with the children such    to cater for the needs   building process and
                                as the children using     of children with         secured many
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generous donations              Oscar Pistorius,          have adapted to our        move around them.
and sponsorships to             Paralympic World          Inclusion process and      Sadly, our vehicle
cover building costs.           Champion, informally      the spontaneous way        sponsorship from
                                addressed the             in which they have         General Motors
After almost two                children later in the     embraced each other.       comes to an end at
years of planning,              day and then officially                              the end of June 2007
strategizing and                opened the Mitchell       We know that each          which is somewhat
fundraising, our                House Enrichment          and every child,           alarming, but we have
dream became a                  Centre at a cocktail      throughout the entire      all our forces out
reality………..Our                 party that evening        school will benefit        there rallying for
Children were                   and it was wonderful      from their interactions    another transport
included into Mitchell          to see a gathering of     with each other and        wagon so that we can
House Preparatory               our Families and          we look forward to         continue taking our
School!!                        friends and members       experiencing the           children to their
Words cannot                    of the community who      journey and watching       various therapies and
describe the feelings           have been so              the process unfold.        stimulatory activities.
and emotions we all             tremendously                                         We managed to get
experienced watching            generous throughout                                  our Lotto application
our children arrive,            the years.                                           in by the deadline of
proudly dressed in                                        Pathways                   31 May 2007, so
their blue and green            Each and every one                                   we’re really holding
uniforms, on Monday,            of the children at        Roodepoort                 thumbs that they will
17th July 2006. To say          Mitchell House, from      is On the                  assist us with running
a few tears of pure             the Enrichment                                       expenses and
joy and happiness               Centre through to the     Move                       hopefully a vehicle.
were shed would be              Intermediate Phase,                                  So many people have
an understatement!              are thoroughly                                       been disappointed

                                enjoying the                           e are         when applying for
Our Official Opening            Enrichment Centre                      thrilled to   assistance but we are
was held on Friday              and all that it has to                 announce      the eternal optimists
21st July 2006. The             offer. All the children   that we have moved         and pray that
children were                   have been integrating     to larger premises at      Pathways
addressed by                    on various social and     the Florida Methodist      Roodepoort will be
Nicholas Serra, an              academic levels and       Church, 43 Madeline        considered favorably.
incredible young man            time tables               Street, Florida,
who was included into           throughout the school     Roodepoort and have        We have a Spring
a mainstream class at           have been adapted to      settled in very well.      Day Gala Dinner
St. Stithians in                accommodate our           Our children, who are      happening on 1
Johannesburg.                   inclusion/integration     all severely mentally      September, our Golf
Nicholas’s speech               programme based on        and physically             Day at Kyalami Golf
describing his journey          each child’s individual   disabled, continue to      Course on 8 October
of acceptance and               education plan.           thrive and make slow       and a fun and
belonging was                                             but steady progress.       informal Talent Show
incredibly moving. As           Watching the children     The Swimming               / Competition at the
he ended his speech             interact with each        Academy in                 beginning of
he played the song              other is heart-           Helderkruin have           December. All very
“the World’s                    warming. As adults in     kindly offered to give     exciting efforts to help
Greatest”. Instantly            the process we are        our children free          us with our running
Kgaugelo started                quite redundant as        swimming lessons           expenses. Every time
clapping and singing            the children quite        which is excellent for     I see my daughter
along and all                   naturally play, chat,     their muscle               trying to walk, trying
emotions which had              laugh and get up to       strengthening and          to stand on her own,
been carefully held in          mischief together!!!      flexibility, not to        laughing with joy, I
tumbled out of us all.          All the children have     mention the joy they       thank God for the
                                amazed us with the        experience with            blessing that is
                                ease with which they      feeling the water          Pathways
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Roodepoort. Thanks
to Fay Bjornstad, our           Our Philosophy:
                                                         Who do we cater
principal, and her
team of excellent staff                                  Children with severe
                                                                                      ���� ��
                                                                                   ����� ����� ��
who work tirelessly
with the children in an
                                Maranatha Bana
                                Centre strives to:
                                                         disabilities including:
                                                         • Speech impairment
endeavour to help               • Maintain normal        • Motor impairment
                                                                                     We at Nuwe
each one reach their              developmental          • Cognitive
highest potential. For            functioning in all                                 Wending School are
any further                                                                          busy organizing a
                                  areas (cognitive,      • Minor visual and
information about                 physical and social)                               multi-cultural concert.
                                                           hearing impairment
Pathways                          of development                                     The aim is to include
                                                         • Autism
Roodepoort, please              • Prevent an increase                                mainstream schools
                                                         • Down Syndrome             and to create
contact me on 083                 in developmental       Our services:
653 5655.      Julie              delay in one or                                    awareness amongst
Botha Founder                     more areas                                         them regarding
                                                         We offer:                   children with
                                • Demonstrate
                                                                                     disabilities and how
                                  progress in one or     • An intensive              they can be included
                                  more                     stimulation program
���������                         developmental            from 7:30 – 13:00
                                                                                     to work together. This
                                                                                     is also a great
                                  areas                  • Afternoon care until      opportunity where we
�����                           • Reducing the stress
                                  and anxiety which
                                                           17:30                     will specifically also
                                                         • Holiday care during       focus on information
                                  are associated with      school holidays           about AAC so that

           aranatha               parenting a child
           Bana                                            except December           they are aware of this
                                  with a disability      • A well-trained tutor
           opened it’s                                                               communication
                                • Increase the             and an assistant for
           doors on the                                                              strategy. Gestures
    th                            communication            every class
10 of January 2007.                                                                  and PCS will be used
                                  interaction between    • Maximum of 8
It is a private learning                                                             during the
                                  the family and the       children per class
centre and registered                                                                presentation of a
                                  child with a           • A balanced meal           song. Other items
as a non-profit                   disability
organization. The                                          (lunch) as well as a      include Revues,
                                • Teach power and          snack/fruit after nap     Choir, Instruments,
centre is located in
                                  control                  time                      Chimes, etc.
the heart of
                                • Facilitate social      • Feeding goals and
Centurion, 194 Glover
                                  interaction              implementation
Avenue, Lyttelton                                                                    We are also proud to
A.H.                            • Develop and/or         • Computer facilities
                                  assist language and                                announce that we will
                                                         • Physio, speech,           celebrate our 25th
Our beautiful 2                   speech                   and horse riding
                                • Increase                                           anniversary on that
hectare plot offers a                                      therapy will be           day! The date will be
safe nurturing                    independence             available on the
                                • Enhance feelings of                                11th October from
environment that                                           premises                  19h00 p.m. in the
encourages the                    self-worth             * (the above services       Aula at University of
social, physical, and           • Develop and              are not included in
                                  establish pre-                                     Pretoria for only
cognitive stimulation                                      the monthly fee)          approximately R30-00
and growth of                     literacy skills
                                                                                     per seat. All are
children at their own           • Develop and            Contact us:                 welcome to enjoy
pace. The Centre’s                establish computer     At 012 6641858 or           these exciting events
classroom programs                skills                 0836819699 or               with us.
and well-trained,               • Enhancing disability   admin@maranathaba
dedicated staff                   awareness within or visit our         Heidi Mapisa
provide a unique                  the community          website at
learning environment                                     www.maranathabana.
for children with                              
special needs.
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        �                       Sisonke project        �������������
                                                       �������������              ��������������������
                                which prepared for
   ���������                    the implementation     �������
 ��������������                 of Education White
                                Paper 6. However,
���������������                 there is still much
     �����                      uncertainty when it    For people with
                                comes to curriculum    disabilities to have


The CAAC gave                                          equal opportunities
                                differentiation in
three days training                                    necessitate that they
                                accommodating          are included in all
in the Eastern Cape
(East London) in
                                learners with severe
                                                       relevant policies and
                                                       interventions - also

May 2007. The
training was for the
                                barriers. All
                                delegates gave
                                                       those focused on
                                                       poverty alleviation and

Department of                   positive feedback      development. This is,
Education. 28                                          however quite a mind        ������������������
                                regarding the
people participated                                    shift for disability
                                training like:         organisations,              ��������������������
in the training.                                                                   ����������������
                                                       government and
Participants                    “Workshops like        development                 �������������
consisted of                    this one are so        organisations as            �������������������
province and district           important. They        issues surrounding
officials as well as                                   disabilities in the past    �������������������
                                opened doors. I
the teachers from                                      were dealt with mainly      �������������������
                                have learned a lot,
selected special                I wish the
                                                       on a segregated basis.      ����������������
schools - school                University will                                    �������������������
                                                       The CAAC staff has
which will be                   continue to send a     recently been involved
resource centers.               team like this to      in a project sponsored      �������������������
Training was given              enrich our minds”      by SANPAD to                �����������������
on the background                                      investigate the             �����������
of inclusive                    Due to the interest    association between
                                                       disability and the          ����������������
education policies,             shown by
barriers                                               extent to which             ��������������������
                                participants, the
experienced by                                         disability issues are       ����������������
                                province requested     included in poverty
learners at their               the CAAC to                                        �����������
                                                       alleviation efforts of
schools and basic               conduct more           government and other        ���������������
principles of AAC.              training for their     organisations.              �     ��������
Practical                       teachers and their                                 ������������
demonstrations                  District Based         If you have any             ��������������
were given on the               Support Teams.         information to share
                                                       with us about your          ��������������������
use of aided and                The next one will      experiences (good or        �����������������
unaided AAC in the              take place in
classroom. It was a
                                                       bad) as a person with       ��������������������
                                August this year.      disabilities in trying
great opportunity for                                                              �����������������
                                We hope to also be     to approach agencies
the educators to                extending the          to assist you in            ������������������
discover the                    training to parents    employment or               �������������������
implementation of               of children with       training, we would          ����������
AAC in the                                             like to hear from you.
                                severe                                             �     ��������
classroom for the               communication                                      �������������������
                                                       Please send your
first time. Some of             difficulties.          comments to                 ������������������
the teachers                           Gloria Madiba         ���������
participated in the                                                  Erna Alant
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Interface National Newsletter                                                                 August 2007

                                Plexiglas (Perspex)       selection by judging       on the E-TRAN.
Eye-                            with the center cut       where the AAC user         Price (1998)
                                out, enabling an AAC      focuses (Picture 1).       developed a three-
Gaze                            user to sit across
                                from a partner and
                                                          There are several
                                                          eye-gaze strategies
                                                                                     dimensional E-
                                                                                     TRAN frame for
Transfer                        send a message by
                                gazing at the symbols
                                                          but the most
                                                          commonly used one
                                                                                     young children.
Display                         (Lloyd, Fuller &
                                Arvidson, 1997). The
                                                          will be described.
                                                          This strategy uses a
                                                                                     The frame is made
                                                                                     from construction
                                symbols are then          combination of eye-        toy material and
                      spread out on the
                                board and attached
                                                          gaze and auditory
                                                          scanning, and works
                                                                                     objects can be
                                                                                     arranged on it to
- Juan Bornman                  with Velcro (see
                                Picture 3 for an
                                                          as follows:                suit individual
                                                          � To communicate, the
An E-TRAN is a                  example). The size of
                                                            user looks at the         Picture 2: Example
communication                   the E-TRAN depends
                                                            group of letters
display which is                on the user’s                                         of a low cost E­
                                                            containing the target
accessed by eye                 accuracy of gaze, but
                                                            letter (e.g. the upper
                                                                                      TRAN made with
gaze and is a suitable          usually varies                                        PVC piping.
                                                            left-hand corner for D)
option for individuals          between a regular A4
                                                            and then looks back
who have to rely on             size and the larger A3
                                                            through the center of
their eyes to select an         or A2 sizes. A more
                                                            the board.
option. It is                   low cost option is to
                                                          � The partner reads
particularly useful for         use PVC piping with
                                                            aloud the items in
individuals with                90° connectors at the
                                                            that group, and
severe motor                    4 corners to form the
                                                            when the partner
impairments (e.g.               frame. The symbols
                                                          � says the target
individuals with                can then be placed
                                                            letter, the user
locked-in syndrome              on the frame with
                                                            gives a prearranged
(LIS) or individuals            Velcro. Usually this is
                                                            signal, such as
with degenerative               effective for children
                                                            looking up, blinking
motor skills such as            who are beginning to
                                                            or briefly closing his
upper motor neuron              learn how to use the
disease, or children            E-TRAN, as it is
                                                          � The partner repeats     Picture 3: Example of
with some forms of              suggested that no
                                                            the letter and writes   traditional E-TRAN with
cerebral palsy. Eye-            more than 4 symbols
                                                            it down.                alphabet encoding
gaze systems are                are placed on the
                                                          � The user then looks
also often very useful          frame (one on each of
                                                            at the letter group
in intensive-care               the sides)(Picture 2).
                                                            containing the
settings (van der               Similarly, a wire coat                                A         E      I
                                                            second letter and
Walt, 1995) as                  hanger that is bent to                                B         F      J
                                                            the procedure
immediate access to             form a diamond-                                       C         G      K
                                                            continues until the
communication is                shape, can be used.                                   D         H      L
                                                            message is
often of vital                  The symbols are
importance in this              placed in distinctly
                                                            Instead of letters of
setting.                        different locations,                                          Hole in
                                                            the alphabet, short
                                and thus the                                                the middel
An E-TRAN is usually                                        phrases, graphic
made from a piece of                                        symbols or even
                                partner can identify
see-through                                                 objects can be used
                                the intended symbol
                                                                                      M           Q      U
 Picture 1: Example                                                                   N           R      V
                                                                                      O           S      W
 of a E-TRAN (coat
                                                                                      P           T      X
 hanger) for the
 intensive care
Interface National Newsletter                                                                          August 2007

�                               • Getting employed –
                                  the value of a            The week ended with a         involved in a motor car
                                  personal advocate         morning of                    accident 18 months
                                  and representative        presentations and             ago. There was not a
                                  when making contact       performances, attended        dry eye in the house
                                  with possible             by friends, family,           when Werner Bornman,
                                  employers.                campus personnel and          a director of Kagisano,
                                                            the press. Gail van           spoke on doing
                                Gail van Tatenhove, a       Tatenhove gave the            something ‘small’ to

                                renowned AAC                first lecture in the          make a big difference.
                                interventionist from the    Neville Cohen memorial
                                USA shared some of          series, and presented         A BIG BIG well done
                                her work and insights       an excellent talk entitled    also to Dr Kitty Uys, the

            hat are seven                                   “Language and                 ‘mother’ of Fofa, who
                                around the topic of
            young guys                                      Technology: Friends or        put the extra 100 miles
                                communication realities
            plus a whole                                    Foes?” Each participant       to co-ordinate the whole
                                and strategies with the
            lot of                                          gave a speech, using          week.
instruments plus a                                          his laptop with the Grid
musical magician called                                     software, sharing his         And so the week came
                                On the entertainment
Amalia? Basically, it’s a                                   dreams and                    to an end – the proof of
                                agenda was, amongst
recipe for a whole lot of                                   experiences as a              the pudding, of course,
                                others, a movie outing
fun! And it resulted in                                     person with a disability      lies in the eating, and
                                to Hatfield Cinema.
the birth of the Fofa Fly                                   living in South Africa.       we look forward to
                                That outing taught us
Boys, a brand new all-                                                                    hearing from the
boys band. The band                                         The Fofa Fly Boys’ first      participants about all
had their first public
                                • The accessibility of      ever performance was          that is happening to
performance on the                                          a roaring success, and        their goals and dreams
                                  the cinema is less
concluding Friday of the                                    the audience                  out in the real world.
                                  than ideal (surprise
Fofa week. The Fofa                                         spontaneously joined in       So- watch this space for
project, which has been
running for the third           • When the wheelchair       with singing and              more exciting news.
                                  lift does not work –      clapping. Francois, our
year now, headed by Dr                                      singer, stole the show                      Kertin Tönsing
Kitty Uys, aims to                                          when he suddenly
facilitate communication        • The personnel at
                                  Hatfield cinemas are      broke out in ‘De La Rey’
skills and                                                  – just to ‘pull our leg’ as
empowerment of youth              very helpful and will
                                  carry your Coke into      he admitted afterwards!
with severe disabilities.
Participants together             the cinema for you
                                • Sitting in front of the   The highlight of the
with their care givers                                      morning was the
stay on campus for a              first row is REALLY
                                  CLOSE to the screen       handing over of a lap
week of lectures,                                           top donated by the
workshops, training,            • ‘Norbit’ is a super
                                  funny movie.              Kagisano Company to
bonding and fun.                                            Felix Visagie, one of the
                                The evening music jam
                                sessions with Amalia, a     participants, who was
This year, the
programme included              music therapist, were
• Daring to dream –             much enjoyed by all.
  realistically. Setting        The group really ‘came
  concrete short and            together’ and bonded
  long term goals to            by playing and jamming
  move towards                  together.

  achieving your
• Social networks: How
  to make friends and
   influence people;
Interface National Newsletter                                                                 August 2007

                                                         dreams. It was an        ervaring en groot
                                                         amazing week. We         voorreg om vir Gail te
                                                         created our own song     ontmoet en te sien
                                take part in Fofa 2007,  and we performed it      dat verskillende
                                because I’ve realised    very well!               wêrelddele deur
                                there are people with                             middel van
                                almost the same dream Erna Alant taught us        alternatiewe
                                as I have.               about Nelson             kommunikasie-
                                                         Mandela’s history,       middele by mekaar
                                I’ve met and made        that time when he        uitgebring kan word.
                                friends with Felix. The  was in prison; he
                                highlight of Fofa 2007   wanted to get out of     Die onvoorwaardelik­
                                was to try and establish prison to get black      heid waarmee elke lid
Dan Ngcobo (Dan                 some team work           people freedom. This     van SAAK ons as
the man!): Well, I              between members          learning I transferred   gestremdes die
think this year we had          during the music         to myself – like now,    geleentheid gegee het
the best week! One of           making. I think each     my wheelchair is         om onsself toe te rus
my highlights was               member did a great       broken, but I must not   vir ‘n beter gehalte
when the students               job! The highlight       relax, I must think      lewe, ‘n werksopset en
came to chat. I really          personally was the       what I’m going to do     om te kan sosialiseer –
enjoyed that. Going to          training I received from when my wheelchair       dankie vir die eetgelde
the movies – that was           Gail van Tatenhove on is fine, which means        wat deur die borrelede
really fun. Also                how to use my            that when I have an      Minister van Finansies
making music, that              Pathfinder more          opportunity, I must      (Juan Bornman) so
was so cool!                    effectively. The goal    use it. I also learnt    mildelik uitgedeel is.
                                I’ve set for myself is   that I must plan my
I learned quite a bit,          that of establishing a   dream in small steps.    Die kersie op die
like making a                   tertiary commune for     My goal for the year     koek – die FOFA-
presentable CV. That            quadriplegic/paraplegic is to finish my course    boys band wat gewys
will come very helpful          students.                and get my diploma in    het dat mens tot alles
in the days to come.                                     small business           in staat is deur Jesus
                                                         management. I want       wat jou krag gee. Ek
My goal for this year                                    to have an Internet      het geleer dat, waar
is to try to get more                                    Café business plan,      daar ‘n wil is, is daar
paces that I can do                                      and I also want to       ‘n weg! Martin se
motivation talks.                                        help Kgalagadi           volharding en
Cause right now that                                     people with a            uithouvermoe is ‘n
is the goal that seems                                   disability               bewys daarvan, dat
to be possible to               Lebogang Sehako:         organisation. They       gestremdes nie
achieve.                        On that week – it was    must also have a         noodwendig uitgesluit
                                great! I enjoyed         better life.             hoef te wees van die
                                myself with the other                             samelewing nie, maar
                                guys at the cinema –                              ook ‘n sinvolle lewe
                                it was the first time I                           kan lei.
                                went there! That
                                movie we saw taught                               Ek daag myself uit
                                me a lot. If you                                  om hard te oefen om
                                deserve something, in                             op te staan en te
Zach Joubert: It was            the end you will                                  loop. Om my hande
really a great                  achieve it. You must     Francois Retief: Dit     te kan gebruik Soos
experience for me to            not give up on your      was ‘n wonderlike        Martin begin het, stel
Interface National Newsletter                                                                      August 2007

ek my dit ten doel om                                      because it was easy       One thing that I do
aan te hou, te glo in                                      for me because I          know is that I am
myself, en om ook ‘n                                       knew that I had           good at typing fast.
werk te kry waar ek                                        people that can           My first step is to try
my kan uitleef en                                          support me if I had a     to get some volunteer
menswaardig kan                                            problem. But now it       work in the computer
wees.                                                      won’t be that support     field. If I do like the
– en ek wil graag ‘n            Felix Visagie: I am        that I had. When they     work that I’m doing I
meisie he!                      27 years old. I am a       told me that I had to     think I will just stick to
                                new Fofa participant.      leave that school I       it and make sure that
                                I used to be an            asked them what will      I don’t loose it and
                                electrician, I enjoyed     happen next year          gain some
                                it, but after the          because I can’t stay      experience.
                                accident I cannot do it    at home and do            I think if I do get some
                                any more.                  nothing. They told me     time I would like to
                                                           that they will organize   work a little bit on
                                I would love to            something for me. But     trying to make music.
                                recover totally, but for   I won’t just sit there
                                now I think it will be     and believe that
Levuyo Tyulu: My                better to focus on the     everything is O.K.
goal is to study                stuff that is reachable,   There has to be
further and to learn            like to communicate,       something that I must
more about                      be mobile and to use       also do to try to help.
computers. I also               the right side off my
want to help other              body again. I learnt a     My first dream was to
people with                     lot this week, for         be a DJ or a Music
disabilities to get             example, you can be        producer. Then I
computer skills. It will        independent and you        thought there must be
help them to get                can enjoy life to it       a second dream so if
work. I also want to            fullest, even being        my first dream didn’t
meet Graham Clarke.             disabled.                  work there’s always a
The reason why I                                           second. If plan A
want to meet him is to                                     doesn’t work there’s
learn from all his                                         always plan B. Well,
experiences as an                                          this is what I think: I
AAC user. I’d also like                                    am good in
him to introduce me                                        computers although I
to Interface Cape                                          haven’t got
Town.                                                      experience on how to
                                Frans Mgenge: I            work in a company.
Levuyo was the                  came here to Pretoria
rapper of the FOFA              and there are lots of
boys – he did a super           things that we’ve
job with two BigMacs!           talked about, like
He is also working              making yourself a
hard on his literacy            dream and cutting
skills, which will give         down that dream into
him more                        steps. I know that I
communicative                   will be leaving school
independence.                   this year. That means
                                I have to think faster
 Interface National Newsletter                     August 2007

The wheels on the bus                      Michal Harty
             Words                  Sign
The wheels on the bus
Go round and round (x2)
All day long

The moms on the bus
Go chatter, chatter, chatter (x2)
All day long

The dads on the bus
Go read, read, read (x2)
All day long

The grannies on the bus
Go knit, knit, knit (x2)
All day long

The grandpas on the bus
Go sleep, sleep, sleep (x2)
All day long

The children on the bus
Jump up and down (x2)
All day long

The babies on the bus
Go cry, cry, cry (wa) (x2)
All day long

Interface National Newsletter                                                                                 August 2007

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Forthcoming workshops at the CAAC:

�   A Once-off workshop never to be repeated:
                                                   Do you want to find out
                                                                                                 more about AAC? About
    Rajinder Koul – “Role of technology in advancing clinical and educational practices in
      devices? About resources

                                                                                                 for the classroom or for
                                                                                                 home? Why not come
When: 1 - 2 August 2007 - 08:00 to 16:00

                                                                                                 round to an open day at the
�   The 15th Multi-professional AAC Research Symposium will be presented on                      Centre for Augmentative
    20 & 21 September 2007 - 08:00 - 16:00
                                                      and             Alternative
                                                                                                 Communication (CAAC), at
Where: CAAC lecture hall (room 2-44), Communication Pathology Building, Lynnwood 
               the University of Pretoria
Road, Main Campus of the University of Pretoria.
                                                (Lynnwood Road entrance).

Cost: R 220,00 per person per day
                                                               Parents,      AAC      users,
R 400.00 per person if you register for both workshops for all the days. Registered students 
   educators or therapists can
pay R100.00 per day.
                                                                            attend a free presentation
Prices include tea, but exclude lunches. Lunch facilities are available on the University
       by the CAAC on services,
                                                                                        resources and activities. A
                                                                                                 demonstration can be given
                                    PLEASE NOTE:
                                                on high and low tech
Limited space available, no person will be allowed entrance without a prior booking and 
        communication            aids.
                                                                                        Programs are tailored to
                                                                                                 your special area of interest.
                                        Open days take place on a
                                                                                                 monthly basis, usually on
Please contact: Liza Rossetti-Siefe at fax: (012) – 420 4389 or tel: (012) 420 – 2001 or e-

                                                                                                 the last Friday of the month,
mail: to make a booking.

                                                                                                 from 9h00 -11h00. If you
Fax the registration form (Available at: ) with your proof of payment to 

                                                                                                 would like to attend, please
confirm your booking for the workshops no later than 27 July 2007 respectively.

                                                                                                 confirm with Liza (012 420
                                                                                                 2001) in order for us to
    �������������������                                                                          individualise your program.
    ��    ��������������
    �                                                                                            Apart from open days to
    �������������������                                                                          give a basic overview of
    ���������������������������                                                                  AAC and the Centre’s
    ������������������������������                                                               services, the CAAC also
    ��������������������������                                                                   offers consultations to
    �����������������������������                                                                persons with complex
    �                                                                                            communication needs.
    �����������������������������                                                                In order to schedule a
    ��������������������                                                                         consultation, please contact
    ��������������������������                                                                   Kerstin Tönsing (012 420
    ���������������������������                                                                  4729) or Liza (012 420
                                                   ���������������������������                   2001), Consultations cost
                                                   �                                             R500.00 to be paid on the
                                                   ���������������������������                   day of the consultation. We
                                                   ���������������������                         operate on an in-contracted
                                                   �����������������                             fee, so claims can be made
                                                   ����������������                              from the medical aid.
Interface National Newsletter                                                                         August 2007

           Yes, I would like to join Interface for the year 2005

                                Annual membership:
                                R 65.00 per person or family
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                                       Hereby I include my INTERFACE membership fee or proof of deposit
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Interface National Newsletter                                                                           August 2007

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                                  Let’s work together to make a difference.

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