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Our background and history

SAALED is a non-profit Southern African organisation of educators, parents and professionals from a variety of disciplines, who are concerned with effective learning.

SAALED was founded more than 25 years ago. It was originally an association of academics and professionals interested in “learning disabilities”, ie psychoneurologically based impairments of the learning process. It has now extended its concern to all learners with special educational needs, whether the cause be a handicap within the child, a disabling environment, or the interaction between the two.

SAALED respects the dignity and rights of all learners and those concerned with their education and development.

SAALED believes that prevention and early intervention can make a difference to those with special educational needs.

SAALED believes that all forms of assistance to those with learning or educational difficulties should be done with the close co-operation of the home, school and community. 


Our Aims

  • To champion publicly the rights and needs of those with learning difficulties and to safeguard their interests.
  • To influence policy in education, ensuring appropriate provision for all learners.
  • To involve the families and care-givers of those with special educational needs.
  • To enhance the work of professionals in this field by arranging meetings, workshops and conferences, producing publications and fostering interdisciplinary networks.
  • To foster high standards of professional behaviour.
Our Vision

Teaching the Professionals of tomorrow

To facilitate the promotion and implementation of inclusive education through information, support, collaboration, advocacy and training

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To inform and educate teachers on learning and educational difficulties ensuring that all learners, with and without disabilities, pursue their learning potential to the fullest.

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Our constitution is available for downloading here.

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2022 Webinars

Our July webinar ‘Apps for Inclusion’ will take place on 26 July @ 19h00 via MS Teams presented by Michelle Decker and Laura Jelley.

Michelle Decker and Laura Jelley are Academic Support Specialists at St Stithians’ Girls Preparatory and form part of the School’s Academic Support Team. Michelle holds her Masters in Inclusive Education. Laura is currently studying towards her Masters in Inclusive Education and is a registered counsellor. Together Michelle and Laura were winners of the 2021 Excellence in Education Awards in the Teacher Inclusion category. They will be presenting a webinar on apps which can be used to promote inclusion on both Apple and Android devices. Opportunities for individualised learning and active participation through these apps will be explored. These can be utilized in whole-class teaching, small-group interventions and one-on-one support.  To book, please visit our store.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

SAALED does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our members. View our Privacy Policy here.