About APD’s

Association of Persons with Disabilities (APD)

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in South Africa (NCPD) is a civil society organisation who provides services and does extensive advocacy as well as coordinates provincial offices structured as “Non-Profit Organizations” and known as the Association of Persons with Disabilities (APD), which are constitutional members of the NCPD branches and project. 

There is a provincial office in all nine South African provinces, each with its affiliates, who are mandated to supply services within that province across South Africa, where, for eight and a half decades, NCPD, together with our nine Associations of Persons with Disabilities (APDs) and their branches, has provided services and advocacy for the economic and social inclusion of persons with disabilities of all ages.

Find out more below:

Eastern cape

Established in 1940, The Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promote the advancement of persons with disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community and to allow them to take their rightful place in society.

Our Vision is for Nelson Mandela Bay to be the most accessible, inclusive and disability-friendly metro in South Africa.

Our Purpose is summed up in our Ability cause: Changing lives by empowering persons with disabilities. We believe that by developing persons with disabilities in their personal capacities they in turn become powerful catalysts for change in their immediate social circles and, in time, their communities.

We are committed to social reformation in the area of disability. Our aim is to promote APD as a responsible organization doing essential work. We actively pursue mainstream business and fundraising opportunities for the purpose of changing the lives of persons with disabilities.


  • Ability Job Creation Centres: We create income-generating work opportunities for persons with disabilities 
  • Ability Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities: We care for and provide daily physical and mental stimulation programmes for 32 profoundly disabled children 
  • Ability Social Services: Our social work team provides social services (e.g. home visits, assisting with grant applications, etc.) to the disabled community we serve. We also involve ourselves with various community upliftment and development projects 
  • Ability Recruitment: We place suitably qualified applicants with disabilities in the open-labour market 
  • Ability Advocacy: We advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities by: Speaking on behalf of the disability sector in public and private arenas; conducting accessibility assessments of facilities and services; and facilitating disability sensitisation training programmes 
  • Ability Inspire: We inspire change by sharing the stories of the people we serve 

Of equal importance is our service in the social arena. Our team of social workers provides individual and family counseling and generic social work services to clients. The main demand for their services is rendered to the disadvantaged communities in and around Nelson Mandela Bay. Assistance with referrals for grant applications, rehabilitation services, referrals to special schools, assessments for assistive devices (e.g. wheelchairs), are only some of the services we render to our communities. 

The APD Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities was established in 2006. Our premises on the edge of Motherwell provides for 30 children between the ages of 1 – 7 years. The centre is professionally managed by one of our senior social workers. We also enjoy the assistance of professional services from the Department of Health who provide occupational therapy and physiotherapy. 

Free State

The Association of & for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is a non-governmental, registered non-profit organisation with numerous projects and branches serving persons with disabilities at grassroots level. We deliver services mainly to persons with physical and multiple disabilities.

Jean Webber Home 
Jean Webber is a unique residential empowerment facility for persons with severe physical disabilities. This facility provides a home for 37 people who need physical support for most essential activities of daily living. 

Kopano Protective Workshop 
The Kopano Protective Workshop enables and empowers persons with disabilities to become more independent. We currently have 50 participants in the workshop. 

The Kopano Protective Workshop train and develop participants through: 

  • Skills development 
  • Productivity 
  • Quality of life 
  • Prospects of work 
  • Encourage self-employment 

Emelia Day Care 
Emelia is a Day Care Centre for children with multiple disabilities located in Batho, Bloemfontein. Emelia Day Care Centre is a non-governmental organization, and relies on donations to keep the centre running. 

There are approximately 20 children in this centre, with multiple disabilities ranging from Down Syndrome to Cerebral Palsy. All of these children are from disadvantaged communities. 

Venues for Hire 
We offer venues for small functions. 

  • Book Clubs, Bible Study Groups, Tea Parties, ect. 
  • Bathroom Facilities
  • Light Lunches, Cake & Tea Functions 
  • Maximum 15 – 20 persons
  • Hire Venue Per Hour 
  • Safe Parking 



  • Social Work & Therapeutic Services – incl. Protective & Support Counselling services
  • Promote & showcase the skills & talent of persons with disabilities;
  • Referrals & assistance in accessing state grants & pensions;
  • Employment & learnership placements
  • Assessment & Securing of mobility aids such as wheelchairs etc
  • Mentorship & Guidance to Affiliated Members & Developing Member
  • Sensitization training to change attitudes towards persons with disabilities & eliminate discrimination
  • Assistance for application of parking discs, vehicle Rebates & Beach access permits (promoting mobility of persons with disabilities)
  • Advocacy & Lobbying in the interests of Persons with Disabilities

Kwa-Zulu Natal

The association takes all possible action to prevent the occurrence of physical disablement and to render assistance to enable persons with disabilities to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into community. APD KZN is an NGO and PBO.

Natal Indian Cripple Care was established in 1967. Societal changes in the name being changed to NACROD, KWA-NACROD and finally Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities Kwa-Zulu Natal (APD KZN).

Key Focus Areas: 

  • Public, Education and Awareness 
  • Children’s Programmes 
  • Social Development 
  • Access and Mobility 
  • Work and Employment/Learnerships 

The following workshops are maintained and operated by the Association 

  • Chatsworth 
  • Pietermaritzburg 
  • Phoenix 
  • Eleazar 
  • Chesterville 
  • Inanda 
  • Stanger 
  • Vukazame 

Other programmes

  • Individual and group counselling
  • Community outreach programmes 
  • Assistance in obtaining assistive devices 
  • Referrals for disability grants 
  • Institutional care applications 
  • Assessment and placement in special or mainstream school 
  • Referrals to open labour market 
  • Assessments and placement for protective workshops 
  • Community based rehabilitation 


The Association for Persons with Disability Limpopo (APD Limpopo) is a registered non-profit organization affiliated with the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. APD Limpopo has officially been in existence since 1970, but has been functioning as a provincial association since 1995.

The Association promotes the advancement of persons with disabilities in the whole of Limpopo in order to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence, and integration into the community, as well as the prevention of the occurrence of physical disablement.


  • Centenary House (Eeufeeshuis)
  • Trix Nortman Protective Workshop and Day Care Centre
  • Community-based projects


  • Social work
  • Job placement
  • Public education and Awareness
  • Child Care and Education
  • Accessible parking
  • Beach permits
  • Vehicle rebate
  • Accessibility scans
  • Employees
  • Public education


To ensure structures that people with disabilities will be able to live independently

To assist people with disabilities to achieve their full potential as citizens and to prevent the incidence of disability.

Northern Cape

To ensure structures that people with disabilities will be able to live independently  

To assist people with disabilities to achieve their full potential as citizens and to prevent the incidents of disability. 

    A weekly radio program to inform the communities of the different aspects linked to the variety of disabilities, and prevention.
    At schools, informing learners about disabilities and how they can interact with children/learners with impairments, learning challenges and special needs. 
    Regular referrals for investigation to the Human Rights Commission in Upington.  
    +-450 beneficiaries and their family members are supported by 4 Social Workers and one Auxiliary Worker in all the communities from Boegoeberg to Lesedene, in and around Upington, Kenhardt, Keimoes, Kakamas, to Augrabies, Danielskuil, Posmansburg, Rietfontein, Askam, as well as a Social Worker in Springbok, servicing 5 Municipalities.
    Services to +-50 children in alternative care, foster care and placed in Child and Youth Care Centres and Special Care Centres 
    Enhancing access to assistive devices, Justice, grants, buildings, education, health, transport, etc.
    12 Persons with various disabilities form part of our Protective Workshop, where they are taught different skills and entrepreneurship. Their products provide an income to further their training.
    Assist the professional and office personnel in raising funds for daily running cost and projects.  


  • Free Social Work Services  
  • Information 
  • Statutory work by designated social workers  
  • Rental of wheelchairs
  • Help with information to buy assistive devices
  • Special adapted vehicle to hire for licensing and adaptation post disability 
  • Drafting of CV and job placement for persons with disabilities
  • Referrals to specialist services, as the need of the beneficiary requires
  • Assisting with access to assistive devices
  • A voice for people with disabilities
  • Participation in sport
  • Transport to town or hospital at affordable prices
  • Skills development for protective workshop
  • Handmade gifts of wood, clay, leather, mosaic and much more are available from our workshop

North West

Sebathle National Disability Project are running APD North West

Cultural stigmas and a lack of access to information can stop families who have persons with disabilities from receiving the help they need, but Techford, an enablement centre for persons with disabilities in Klerksdorp is fighting to change that. 

The centre is a day care centre that develops, educates, advocates for, supports and enables persons with disabilities, particularly those from the Kosh area in the North West. 

While Techford generates income through various activities, including producing wire clamps for Anglo gold mines and sewing tracksuits for local schools. It provides for the 60 people it supports in ways that it otherwise would not be able to do 

In Rustenburg, Spes Bona is a home for 52 persons with disabilities. The home serve as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with physical disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and the prevention of the occurrence of physically disablement and a mouthpiece for reasonable accommodation in the North West area. The home encourages its residents to become empowered and independent in breaking through the barriers created by society through reasonable accommodation workshops. 

While the concept of accommodation itself is fairly easy to understand – for example, making existing facilities accessible to wheelchairs users, or reorganizing workstations – the question of what is ‘reasonable’ in this regard is often less clear and Spes bona has been spreading the word around Rustenburg. 

Western Cape

On 25 February 1937 the Cape Cripple Care Association was established, the first of its kind in South Africa, when a small group of concerned individuals realised the need for coordination of orthopaedic services to persons with disabilities. It was soon realised that a far greater need lay in assisting persons to cope with social issues. We now take a holistic look at the person’s circumstances and work with them towards their own independence. 

Over the years the organisation has undergone several name changes and is today known as Western Cape Association of and for Persons with Disabilities, fondly shortened to WCAPD.

Western Cape APD is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 003-105) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 18/11/13/406), and is committed to social development of persons with disabilities in the Western Cape. Our 25 APD Branches provide an inclusive service to all persons with disabilities, irrespective of age, gender, nationality or religion. We work with persons with disabilities and their families where they take the lead in achieving their potential, dreams and goals, and ultimately independence. This may include (but is not limited to) sourcing mobility devices, dealing with social issues within the home, arranging for home care, caring and stimulating children with severe disabilities or lobbying for accessibility in the community. 

Western Cape Association of and for Persons with Disabilities strives towards an inclusive society in which persons with disabilities are equal and active citizens. 

To work together with persons with disabilities and their families in facilitating social development and upliftment services whereby they take the lead in removing barriers and achieving independence. 

Core Values 
We believe that all people are deserving of respect and dignity, and everyone is to be treated with fairness and integrity.

We embrace diversity and recognise the contribution of all individuals while including beneficiaries, volunteers, sponsors and staff in planning and decision-making.

We strive towards independence and equality of all people and undertake to build human capacity on every level of our organisation.

APD Branches provide direct services to persons with disabilities in both urban and rural areas:

  • Social Development 
  • Day Care
  • Work & Employment
  • Education 
  • Peer Support 
  • Transport 
  • Awareness raising 

In turn, Branches receive guidance from our management team in terms of:

  • Programme management: Good corporate governance to ensure legal compliance
  • Supervision
  • Service Delivery 
  • Human Resource management 
  • Financial guidance
  • Training in all facets of service delivery 
  • Guidance on awareness raising 

Projects include:

  • Peer Support 
    Persons with disabilities are trained to provide peer support to those in their communities who have just begun their journey with disability.
  • Ukhula Programme
    The project is built on three themes, namely “I am”, “I can” and “We are”.  Each one of these themes are integrated into all the functions and strategic objectives that APD delivers and will be implemented over a three-year period.
  • #1Less
    #1Less is a theme with underlines all projects, campaigns and services with the aim of striving towards achieving #1Less person with a disability each day, e.g.  
    Employment = #1Less person with a disability without employment 
    Education = #1Less child with a disability outside the school system, and so on. 
  • Distracted Driving
    Encourages drivers to focus while driving so as to reduce the number of serious injuries resulting from road & pedestrian accidents