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Angie Mpjana uses her disability to help children with cerebral palsy at the Alexandra Disability Movement. Mpjana, who is blind, offers a unique massage therapy called the "The Scotson Technique" to the kids (City press)

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Alex movement used as a pilot centre

ALEXANDRA – The Alexandra Disability Movement is being used as a pilot centre for the implementation of the Scotson Technique on children with cerebral palsy in South Africa.

A TRAINED and empowered mother delivers the Scotson Technique on her own cerebral palsy child

.The Alexandra Disability Movement is being used in the preparatory phase for the implementation of the Scotson Technique for children with cerebral palsy.

Already a remarkable blind woman, Angie Mpjana, works as a co-ordinator at the disability movement and she has proved her ability to be an instructor to parents of children who suffer from cerebral palsy. She is being assisted by a programme of the Scotson Technique.

The technique is the brain child of UK mother, Linda Scotson, who has a son with cerebral palsy. Her determination to find a better future for her son, led her through years of research, culminating in the completion of a PhD thesis at the University College London.

Linda demonstrated that the barrier to more normal development in cerebral palsy children was not only the condition of the child’s brain but the abnormal development of the child’s breathing such as respiratory circulatory system which is also affected as a consequence of the brain injury.

Linda’s research led her to develop a unique kind of massage which via tests by computerised respiratory plethysmography was shown to produce a stronger better co-ordinated breathing pattern in every cerebral palsy child studied.

Linda founded a UK charity called “Advance” to teach parents how to apply the massage which is now called the Scotson Technique. A two-year statistical study of the Scotson Technique by Bradford University showed that the children’s trunkal structure moved significantly closer to normal after the Scotson Technique.

 In September 2003, Linda was invited to South Africa by parents of children with disabilities and the SA Institute for the Scotson Technique was formed a year later. Linda is proposing to begin training parents of children at the Alexandra Disability Movement and to liaise with Mpjana to identify the first team of blind women ready to be trained as educators. 

DISABLED HELP EACH OTHER! By percy nkosi (from Daily Sun)

THERE is help for disabled people in Alexandra, north-east of Joburg.

The Self Help Association of the Disabled in Alex runs income-earning projects. The Pillsbury Child Care Centre offers daycare and boarding. There’s also a school for the blind. Jerry Ntimbane (50) is the founder and CEO of the Alexandra Disability Movement.

Jerry walked normally for his first 15 years, then spent 13 months in hospital and left in a wheelchair. But through prayer, he can walk today, using crutches. “I was brought up by my mother only, because my  father was irresponsible and an alcoholic,” he said.

“Fortunately my aunt who lives in Soweto took care of me. It was during my stay with my aunt that I was drawn to the idea of helping other disabled people,” he explained. The movement was formed in 1991 to provide employment workshops for the disabled. “Our mission is to be a catalyst in the development of the disabled,” Jerry added.

The movement’s objective is to distribute information on disability and rehabilitation in the area and to develop a society for disabled people who are taking part in the development of rehabilitation services. Its projects include an assembly unit which cleans and assembles car parts and plastic products like air conditioners. It’s contracted to Toyota, Daimler Chrysler, Nissan and BMW. There are also packaging and sewing sections.

The movement also helps disabled people who need services, including food distribution to the destitute, and assists in applications for disability pension grants and housing. Jerry Ntimbane is the founder of the Alexandra Disability Movement. 

In charge of their lives 

By LESEDI MAPHETO (from Daily Sun)

A CONCERNED group of disabled people in Alexandra -- some partially blind and some who walk with crutches -- do not believe in waiting for handouts and pity from able-bodied people. They say disability does not mean inability. The Alexandra Disability Movement (ADM) which is situated in Kew, just outside Alexandra, accommodates 139 disabled people.

The ADM was formed in 1986 by four concerned groups of disabled people. They are also running a daycare centre for 48 disabled children, and create jobs for those people who are traditionally overlooked by big companies. This group has scored a contract to assemble air-conditioner parts for Nissan, Fiat, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. Basket manufacturing is another successful activity that generates income for the centre. Among other projects are sawing wood, art and packaging of knife and fork sets.

When Daily Sun spoke to the founder, Jerry Ntimbane, who is also a development worker, he said by ignoring their disabilities they will prove they are more than able to achieve against the odds. "We were left behind a long time ago, but here we want to train our fellow disabled people to be selfsupporting, not to depend on handouts. "We motivate them daily to strengthen their abilities. Motivation is very important," says the proud Ntimbane. "We have a bursary programme with which we fund up to 75% of a disabled child's education fees, depending on parents' income. "We also offer financial assistance to disabled school-leavers who want to acquire vocational skills," Ntimbane says. Like any other business-minded people, they are hoping to expand their activities and start doll-making, brick-making, a vegetable garden and a candle-making business.

Daily Sun readers who would like to support this worthy cause can contact ADM by fax on 011 443 1148 or telephone 011 882 1147.

Joyous party for the disabaled

ALEXANDRA – The festive mood gripping the nation was also evident at the Alexandra Disability Movement where its beneficiaries were treated to an advance Christmas party.

Disabled children are treated to a Christmas party.

The festive mood gripping the nation was also evident at the Alexandra Disability Movement where its beneficiaries were treated to a Christmas party.

The Kew-based organisation which has been in existence for more than 20 years, supports disabled children, youths and the elderly. The support includes day care and boarding for blind, deaf and physically challenged children, and slow learners. The organisation offers physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy, and helps individuals to gain access to disability grants, pensions and government housing among others.

The organisation’s Jerry Ntimbane said despite their disabilities, the beneficiaries of the organisation matched their able-bodied counterparts in activities such as basket making. The products are sold to florists and other businesses and the income raise is shared among the beneficiaries and the organisation.

Sarah Chattergoon of General Mills bakery which has supported the organisation since its inception said, “We support their operating costs and provide toys suitable for their conditions.”

Ntimbane said their ultimate goal was to be a platform for the development of all rehabilitation services in Alexandra.

Disabled children are treated to a Christmas party.