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Hurdy Gurdy House

A Home for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House
Hurdy Gurdy House is the first home in South Africa to cater for the needs of adults with Autism

Hurdy Gurdy House

Hurdy Gurdy House – a home for adults with autism have been in operation since November 2001. Leanne Scott, the parent of an autistic child, together with Richard Gaertner realised there was a lack of suitable residential facilities for people with learning disabilities. The lack of facilities for adults with Autism and challenging behaviour was of particular concern and the set up of Hurdy Gurdy House. 

The facilities for autistic children in South Africa are very limited, but far worse, are the facilities for older Autists.  

The current policy of the state health and social services departments, is to de-institutionalise all, except those who require hospitalization due to ill health.  This is generally a positive approach, but one that does not recognize Autism as a life-long disability that may require substantial infra-structural support to create an environment, within which people with Autism experience some quality of life.  

Please support us in keeping Hurdy Gurdy; the first residential facility that has been specifically set up for adults with Austism in South Africa. 





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