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Meet the Road to Independence founders, Fanie du Toit, from NCPD, and the late Francis Slabber

Fanie du Toit

Fanie du Toit

Fanie is an Adult Education Practitioner and for more than a decade, presenter of the programme, “Leefwêreld van die Gestremde” on RSG, as well as on many Community Radio Stations in SA. He is the senior specialist in hearing impairment & deaf affairs at the National Council of & for Persons with Disabilities.

Francis Slabber

Francis Slabber

Francis qualified her as a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist in 1992 at the University of Pretroia. Although dually qualified, she soon realized that audiology was where her heart and passion was. She relocated to Cape Town in 1999 when she started working at The Hearing Clinic. She later became a partner there and eventually owned the practice until her untimely death in November 2021.

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Communication Challenges & COVID-19

The most complaints that we at the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities have received over these past few weeks is the frustration of hearing impaired or deaf persons not being able to communicate, as the face masks make it impossible to read lips, it muffles the sound, and the distance that has to be observed makes it even more challenging.

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Access to Primary Health Care Facilities for Persons with Hearing Loss

Here are some guidelines and background information that can be kept in mind by hearing impaired or deaf persons, as well as health professionals at primary healthcare facilities, in times of screening, testing and possible hospitalization…

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Fanie du Toit is at National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities.
Fanie du Toit

17 hours ago

What should Health Professionals know about Functional Reporting?The Road to Independence Model has developed a "Protocol & Guideline" regarding the functional needs of the hearing impaired adult. These guidelines must be followed when using the Protocol to insure its intended purpose.The Process is based on the South African context, but we believe that the principle is Globally applicable, as well. This Model was developed by Fanie du Toit and the late Francis Slabber, an audiologist in private practice who was passionate about the auditory & vocational rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, until her untimely death in November 2021. This project continues as part of her legacy and in her memory by Fanie du Toit, an adult basic education practitioner and disability rights expert, with more than 30 years personal experience of hearing loss and disabilities.This information forms part of a 2-hour “Disability Rights Awareness, Functional Report Writing for Dialogue and Mediation”, accredited CPD training programme. Alternatively, 1-hour Introductory unaccredited training programme is available in line with client needs.Video Captions : available on Google ChromeEnquiries may be directed to faniedt@ncpd.org.za / michele@ncpd.org.za or faniedreams@gmail.com The Protocol addresses:1. Degree of loss2. Clinical description3. The functional impact on employment / social /economic, etc.4. Recommended management in terms of hearing devices, assistive devices, human rights, access to the environment, services and products in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.This protocol has been developed in collaboration with experts in the field of audiology & hearing loss, labour relations and notes the possible/likely impact of hearing loss on the person and how it may translate the needed support within the workplace, as well the broader society. It will serve as a guideline for use in the consultation process between:1. The individual with hearing loss2. This individual’s Audiologist and ENT Specialist registered with the HPCSA3. A representative from the disability sector (an expert on the impact of hearing loss) as prescribed in the Employment Equity Act, Code of Good Practice & Guidelines, etc.4. A representative of the applicable institution, employer, prospective employer, etc. of the individual with hearing loss - persons that are for example responsible for staff matters, occupational health issues, human resources etc.5. External Occupational Health Consultant (Specialising Occupational Therapist) when necessary or in cases of dispute.This Model can only be used when ALL of the above mentioned role-players are in consultation. The point of departure is reasonability. It must be used to guide the role players to make decisions in terms of reasonable accommodation, as prescribed in the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the SA Legislation & other applicable Codes & Guidelines.Compiled by:Fanie du ToitAdult Basic Education PractitionerSenior Specialist: Hearing impairment or deaf affairsNational Council of and for Persons with Disabilities faniedt@ncpd.org.zafanie.dt@mweb.co.za#faniedreams Fanie DreamsHearing in South Africa Audiology Private Practice Forum - APPF Reconnect Audiology NetworkRoad To IndependenceIda Institute South Africa Chapter ... See MoreSee Less
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What should Health Professionals know about Functional Reporting? Click below👇for a video on the Protocol for identifying the functional needs & reasonable accommodation of adults with hearing loss.*Captions: available on Google Chrome#faniedreamsFanie DreamsRoad To Independence ... See MoreSee Less
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Fanie du Toit is at National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities.
Fanie du Toit

17 hours ago

What should Health Professionals know about Functional Reporting?The Road to Independence Model has developed a "Protocol & Guideline" regarding the functional needs of the hearing impaired adult. These guidelines must be followed when using the Protocol to insure its intended purpose.The Process is based on the South African context, but we believe that the principle is Globally applicable, as well. This Model was developed by Fanie du Toit and the late Francis Slabber, an audiologist in private practice who was passionate about the auditory & vocational rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, until her untimely death in November 2021. This project continues as part of her legacy and in her memory by Fanie du Toit, an adult basic education practitioner and disability rights expert, with more than 30 years personal experience of hearing loss and disabilities.This information forms part of a 2-hour “Disability Rights Awareness, Functional Report Writing for Dialogue and Mediation”, accredited CPD training programme. Alternatively, 1-hour Introductory unaccredited training programme is available in line with client needs.Video Captions : available on Google ChromeEnquiries may be directed to faniedt@ncpd.org.za / michele@ncpd.org.za or faniedreams@gmail.com The Protocol addresses:1. Degree of loss2. Clinical description3. The functional impact on employment / social /economic, etc.4. Recommended management in terms of hearing devices, assistive devices, human rights, access to the environment, services and products in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.This protocol has been developed in collaboration with experts in the field of audiology & hearing loss, labour relations and notes the possible/likely impact of hearing loss on the person and how it may translate the needed support within the workplace, as well the broader society. It will serve as a guideline for use in the consultation process between:1. The individual with hearing loss2. This individual’s Audiologist and ENT Specialist registered with the HPCSA3. A representative from the disability sector (an expert on the impact of hearing loss) as prescribed in the Employment Equity Act, Code of Good Practice & Guidelines, etc.4. A representative of the applicable institution, employer, prospective employer, etc. of the individual with hearing loss - persons that are for example responsible for staff matters, occupational health issues, human resources etc.5. External Occupational Health Consultant (Specialising Occupational Therapist) when necessary or in cases of dispute.This Model can only be used when ALL of the above mentioned role-players are in consultation. The point of departure is reasonability. It must be used to guide the role players to make decisions in terms of reasonable accommodation, as prescribed in the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the SA Legislation & other applicable Codes & Guidelines.Compiled by:Fanie du ToitAdult Basic Education PractitionerSenior Specialist: Hearing impairment or deaf affairsNational Council of and for Persons with Disabilities faniedt@ncpd.org.zafanie.dt@mweb.co.za#faniedreams Fanie DreamsHearing in South Africa Audiology Private Practice Forum - APPF Reconnect Audiology NetworkRoad To IndependenceIda Institute South Africa Chapter ... See MoreSee Less
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What should Health Professionals know about Functional Reporting? Click below👇for a video on the Protocol for identifying the functional needs & reasonable accommodation of adults with hearing loss.*Captions: available on Google Chrome#faniedreamsFanie DreamsRoad To Independence ... See MoreSee Less
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