Welcome to our website!
Pathways is a centre for children with severe cognitive and physical disabilities based in Westville, Durban.
Pathway’s continues to live the vision of our founders:
“No child is turned away because he or she is too anything – too old, too young, too disruptive, too mentally disabled, too poor, too anything…”
We fulfill our mission by encouraging the children to develop to their full potential through the implementation of individual educational programmes (IEP) which focus on holistic development. Each child is given the opportunity to develop both academic and functional skills. We are also conscious that disabled children have many health issues such as epilepsy, and therefore health care is part of our holistic approach.
Pathways is not just a care centre. Our objective is to stimulate and educate the disabled child. Our programmes have a dramatic affect – within months children who were curled in a foetal position are active and smiling – children who could not walk or talk can communicate through a computer and even do mathematics. In many cases these children move on to other educational institutions that had previously rejected them as being “too” disabled.
Children can also attend the centre on an outpatient basis for intervention and developmental guidance. We have an aftercare facility for children whose parents work and who cannot be left alone.
Not only do we reach the children who attend the school but there is also a community focus whereby we support other organizations and schools within our community. This is done by providing direct intervention to children, staff training and sharing of information. We take pride in the fact that Pathways is a community-based organization and our work has a huge ripple effect in the community. Our programmes & presence affect hundreds of people.