Understanding Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disability is one of the most overlooked disabilities in South Africa. It affects the development of the child, starting before the age of 18 years and continues throughout life. There are four levels of intellectual disability: mild; moderate; severe to profound, each with different support needs. Please click on DOWNLOADS (above) to access a free pamphlet (available in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans) about Understanding Intellectual Disability.

The Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability (WCFID) has, since its inception in 1971, played a pivotal role in the development of skills, knowledge and the advancement of rights within the intellectual disability sector. For more information about Covid-19, please click on the link to the government’s resource portal: sacoronavirus.co.za


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Intellectual disability effects the development of the child, starting before the age of 18 years and continuing throughout life. It is very important for young children with intellectual disability to receive support as early as possible to assist with their development and participation in society.


A South Africa where all people with intellectual disability are enabled to live with inherent dignity as confirmed in the Constitution.


To support service providers in the intellectual disability community to ensure a better quality of life for people with intellectual disability in the Western Cape.


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