Carel du Toit Centre
Summary: Carel du Toit Centre is a school and early-intervention program helping children who are born deaf to acquire spoken language skills so they can enter mainstream education. --- The Carel du Toit Centre (CDT) was opened in 1973 with the main purpose of "teaching hearing-impaired children to listen and speak." Research has proven that the deaf child needs access to language (auditory or visual) in the first three years of life if he or she is to have a chance of gaining the foundations of learning that will lead to the realization of his or her full potential. Unfortunately, due to the lack of legislation for newborn screening for hearing loss, the majority of children are diagnosed late, which means they already have a seriou...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The school has grown from two teachers and four students in 1973 to 21 teachers currently serving 165 students. In 1980 the Western Cape Education Department partnered with the school through the provision of teaching posts as well as an annual subsidy. Over the years the teaching methodology has evolved in line with advances in amplification technology. The Auditory Verbal Practice of teaching, which means "learning through listening," is now followed. In January 2006, the school increased its services to include grade 1, 2, and 3 classes as the school wanted to give the learners a solid foundation in reading and writing.