S A Guide-Dogs Association
The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) is a PBO and NGO that works to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people. GDA advocates the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities
GDA is calling for applications for its two-year course, Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practice, beginning in January 2019.
Diploma: SAQA ID67373
Like everybody, people with visual impairments want the freedom to go to the local shops and bank, visit friends, attend church, and carry out ordinary daily tasks. They want to do so without being dependent on another person to guide them or do things for them. Orientation and Mobility Practitioners teach long cane skills and skills of daily living, which enable visually impaired people to live more independent lives. This course is suitable for individuals who are interested in helping people with a visual impairment. They do not work with dogs at all as a long cane is used instead of a dog.
Who can apply?
- Aged between 19 and 48;
- Physically fit;
- Computer literate and able to speak, read and write in English;
- Enjoy working with people, being out of doors, taking responsibility for your own working day, and don’t want a desk job;
- Minimum of a matric certificate;
- Willing to attend training in Johannesburg;
- Previous work in the disability sector is an advantage;
- Applications from across South Africa are welcome.
- Matriculation certificate, including English;
- Have basic computer literacy;
- Have a positive and empathetic attitude towards people with disabilities, specifically with visual impairments;
- Ideally, you need to enjoy good communication skills and be able to communicate in at least one language in addition to English;
- Interest in community involvement, and be able to demonstrate a desire to problem-solve.
Student funding will be provided by S A Guide-Dogs Association for suitable candidates.Subsidies are available for NGOs wishing to train employees.
For more information and an application form contact: Grace Maposa, Tel: 011 705 3512, Email: O&MAdmin@guidedog.org.za
For more about The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, refer to www.guidedog.org.za