Casual Day is run in partnership with its 14 national beneficiary organisations who receive a portion of the funds to run their organisations. They are:

★ The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities
★ South African National Council for the BlindClick here to find out where the money goes!
★ South African Federation for Mental Health
★ Deaf Federation of South Africa
★ Autism South Africa
★ National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy
★ National Institute for the Deaf
★ Alzheimer’s South Africa
★ QuadPara Association of South Africa
★ Transoranje Institute for Special Education
Blind SA
★ Cheshire Homes SA
★ Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa (MDFSA)
★ South African Disability Alliance


22 Years ago The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) conceptualised and started the Casual Day campaign in South Africa. With its footprint throughout South Africa the NCPPDSA is supported by 9 affiliate provincial structures called the Association for Persons with Disabilities (APDs) and is seen as one of the leading non-profit organisations in the disability sector of South Africa.

At a national level the NCPD has 5 focus areas which includes providing assistive devices to persons with disabilities, providing sensitisation and disability equity training to potential employers, providing universal access scans and audits, promoting an awareness of the various challenges faced by persons with disabilities in South Africa and advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities for full integration and inclusion into society. On a provincial and local level the APDs deliver services in the communities that they operate in to support and represent persons with disabilities.

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The South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) has its head office in Pretoria and acts as a coordinating body for many organisations providing services to persons with visual impairment. Through a network of over 100 member organisations, the SANCB supports and facilitates the prevention of blindness, rehabilitation, community development, training and education of South Africans with visual impairments.

The organisation supplies assistive devices and various technologies to assist persons with visual impairments to function within society. It also creates awareness of the skills, capacities and abilities of persons with visual impairments and provides training in at its Optima College.

SANCB’s education and training division currently supports 21 schools by conducting workshops for educators and lobbying with government on the challenges which face these schools.

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The South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) has as its main goal the development of equal, caring services for people having difficulty coping with everyday life, and those with intellectual and/or psychiatric disability. The organisation also creates awareness around mental health issues within communities and strives for the recognition and protection of the rights of individuals with intellectual and/or psychiatric disability. Combating stigma and discrimination is also an important task, as well as forming community self-help groups, preparing and disseminating educational material concerning mental well-being, and conducts research into the causes, incidence and treatment of intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.

July is the organisation’s Psychosocial Disability Awareness month, focusing on mental health in the workplace.

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QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) strives to prevent spinal cord injury, as well as protect and promote the interests of people with mobility impairments by formulating a national policy and strategy, to develop and ensure the full potential and quality of their lives.

One of QASA’s most exciting initiatives is its driver training service, Driving Ambitions, which gives persons with mobility impairment the skills achieve their driver’s license.

Another area of focus is that of developing the skills and thereby the employment potential of people with disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities have been prevented from gaining basic and further qualifications through physical and attitudinal barriers to access to such opportunities. QASA has a number of initiatives to tackle these barriers and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills and qualifications.

QASA’s Digital Villages, in Pretoria, Soweto, Cape Town and Pinetown, KZN, provides free computer training and assists in preparing the learner for the job market.

At national level, QASA is mandated to lobby for accessible transport, a more equitable tax regime for persons with mobility impairments and adjustment of the National Building Regulations to reflect principles of universal design.

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Autism South Africa (ASA) lobbies for awareness around Autism, which is a lifelong, complex condition that occurs as a result of disordered brain growth, structure and development. ASA’s website provides comprehensive listings of schools and organisations all over South Africa that provide services to parents of children with autism, and to children with autism.

An important task for ASA is the public education and awareness around Autism spectrum disorder, which is a new DSM-5 name that reflects a scientific consensus that four previously separate disorders are actually a single condition with different levels of symptom severity in two core domains. ASD now encompasses the previous DSM-IV autistic disorder (autism), Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.

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National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy South Africa (NAPCP) aims to promote the medical, educational, vocational and social services and facilities for persons with cerebral palsy to achieve independence. The organisation also works within communities to eradicate physical, legal and attitudinal barriers that hinder the integration of persons with cerebral palsy into society.

Prevention of cerebral palsy, early detection and prompt and efficient treatment of persons who are, or might become cerebral palsied, is another important goal of the organisation.

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National Institute for the Deaf offer specialised care, education and training to empower and restore human dignity. The NID follows a holistic approach in education and training, health and spiritual care and is the only facility in South Africa and Africa which offers the full spectrum of services to those with hearing loss.South African Sign Language training is crucial to improve communication between Deaf and hearing people in society. NID Academy provides South African Sign Language training courses on a regular basis to address the communication needs within private and public sectors in society.

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Alzheimer’s South Africa provides a comprehensive list of care homes across all nine provinces on its website. The organisation offers a memory screening clinic at its Johannesburg head office, with support groups all over the country. Training, education, awareness, rehabilitation and assistance with coping with a family member with dementia or Alzheimer’s is the focus of the organisation.

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Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA) co-ordinates and facilitate the process of providing all kinds of services for the purpose of integrating one million Deaf South Africans into mainstream society.

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Blind SA is a national organisation of the blind and for the blind. Established in 1946 as the South African Blind Workers Organisation, we soon realised that our aim should not only be to place blind persons in the open labour market, but to provide a full spectrum of services to all visually impaired persons in South Africa. The vision of Blind SA is to do whatever is necessary or conducive to empower visually impaired people to become economically self supporting and to live a full and meaningful life as citizens of South Africa.

The mission of Blind SA is to promote the interests of all visually impaired people through the provision of appropriate services to create an informed blind society, to enable them to gain meaningful employment, to enhance their quality of life and to incorporate them into everyday life.

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Transoranje Institute for Special Education: The Institute was founded on 13 March 1947. The aim was to start a school for deaf children in the north. The first school to be established was Transoranje School for the Deaf, on 16 August 1954. It became clear, however, that the Institute would also have to establish schools for children with other disabilities.

The current Institute schools are the following:

● Transoranje School for the Deaf
● Prinshof School for the Visually Impaired
● Sonitus School for the Hearing Impaired
● Transvalia School for Epilepsy and Learning Disabilities
● Martie du Plessis High School for the Cerebral Palsied

Since the inception of the first school in 1954, the Institute has been supporting these schools financially and enabling thousands of children with disabilities to receive education of an exceptional quality. These children come from all over the country and many of them reside in the hostels at the schools.

The Institute functions independently of the five schools and supports the schools financially by making quarterly contributions to the schools for assistance to underprivileged children. This is an essential service since many of the parents cannot meet their financial obligations to the schools, which puts the schools’ budgets under immense strain. During the past 71 years, the Institute has been able to ensure that children with disabilities reach their full potential and can enter the labour market with confidence. Without the schools and the education provided to children with disabilities, they would have been a burden on the state.

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Cheshire Homes South Africa was established after a visit to South Africa by our founder Lord Leonard Cheshire in 1965. He saw the need for residential Homes for adults and children with disabilities. In 1972 he approached Prof Mayet and Dr Unus Meer to establish the first Cheshire Homes in KZN. Today we have 16 Homes in South Africa, in 5 provinces and our head office is based in Randburg.

We are an NPO organization and part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Foundation whose head office is in London and we are also proud members of the Southern African Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance. Our primary focus has been for residential care of adults and children. We currently provide care for about 500 adults and 300 children.

In recent years we have recognized the importance of encouraging independence for these special people and have established a number of independent living cottages for adults with physical disabilities, situated on the properties of our 24 hour care facilities. We have also started several programmes in early childhood development.

An access to livelihoods program, based at our Soweto Cheshire Home from 2014 to 2017, was successfully implemented under the guidance of Leonard Cheshire Disability. With this program adults with disabilities were identified in the community, trained in basic skills, and assisted with job placement. Several outreach programs mainly for disadvantaged children are in operation around the country.

As we are one of the biggest organisations in South Africa who care for persons with disabilities, we are active wherever possible in advocating a better life for those less fortunate than ourselves.

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The Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation of South Africa was founded in 1974 by Mr and Mrs Newton Walker of Potchefstroom who, at the time, had a son affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They, together with Wally Gough, Chairman of the Rotary Club of Potchefstroom and representatives of Cripple Care Association formed the Foundation. They felt there was a need to reach out to other parents and families in a similar situation and also to support research into this disease with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Today the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa (MDFSA) is a registered non-profit organisation consisting of a national office and three branches which operate in the nine provinces of South Africa. The mission of the Foundation is to support people affected by Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular disorders and endeavour to improve the quality of life of its members.

The Foundation’s role within social integration, support services, awareness programmes and Muscular Dystrophy diagnostic research support is to:

● Assist affected persons and their families by providing information, support, and referrals to genetic counselling and health facilities.
● Support affected people with specialised assistive equipment.
● Create public awareness on muscular dystrophy issues and disability.
● Strive for the recognition and protection of the rights of people affected by muscular dystrophy as a disability.
● Support and promote diagnostic research into the causes and treatment of muscular dystrophy.
● Collaborate and communicate on a national, provincial, international, governmental and non-governmental basis on policy matters relating to all aspects of muscular dystrophy.
● Assist individuals to form self help and support groups.
● We also strive to keep our members updated via the MDF website and MDF magazine.

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The South African Disability Alliance (SADA) is committed to assisting business in understanding disability and incorporating people with disabilities in opportunities, facilities and activities. SADA represents a constituency of approximately 8% of the country’s population and also the demographics thereof. It is a proud body whose mandate is to develop the capacity, opportunity and empowerment of its collective membership.