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Downloads & Publications


  • Previous issues of Epinews
    The Epinews is a publication prepared by people with epilepsy for people with epilepsy. It is merely facilitated by the organisation and enjoys wonderful sponsorship by Sanofi Aventis.
  • Electronic newsletters
    The organisation sends monthly newsletters by email to a subscribed audience. These newsletters contain information that pertains to epilepsy or disability as well as news on activities at the different Branches. You can subscribe on the home page of our website and read back issues found in this download section.
  • Igniting Potential: Empowerment through Entreprenuership eMagazine
    In November 2012 the inaugural edition of "Igniting Potential: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship" e-magazine was published, replacing the long-standing publication SIYB Training Buzz, an advent of SIYB Master Trainer, Marina Clarke.  Although it has a new design and layout, it continues to contain the most recent information and news about entrepreneurship development and SMME's in Africa. The objective is to use it as a mechanism through which the latest ideas, tools and solutions to Africa's challenges are presented and successes shared in SMME and entrepreneurship development around the Mother Continent.
  • Epilepsy Fact Sheets
    This download section contains useful fact sheets that are often required by people that live with epilepsy or those around them like family or colleagues. The fact sheets often answers the frequently asked questions and sets those at ease by presenting detailed information and a sense of "Not being alone!"
  • First Aid Poster for Epilepsy
    Knowing what to do when a person is having a seizure can often make a huge difference in the life of a person with epilepsy. Make sure you empower yourself with this knowledge and share it with others. This poster is a handy tool for schools, libraries, the office or even at home.
  • Advocacy and Human Rights Booklet
    This guide is for people living with epilepsy. You can use it to learn about your rights. You can also use it to talk with others about your rights. When you speak up for yourself, you are a self-advocate. When you work with others (e.g. community or a support group), you can make change happen.
  • Guide to Reasonable Accommodation
    Particularly focusing on the South African policy context this booklet examines the provision of reasonable accommodation within the workplace and provides step by step guidance to ensure an understanding of its role within the world of work. It is written to empower persons with epilepsy to understand and access their rights as well as to address the unimagined concerns and logistical challenges sometimes experienced by employers.
  • Other Useful Links

The International League Against Epilepsy's (ILAE) mission is to ensure that health professionals, patients and their care providers, governments, and the public world-wide have the educational and research resources that are essential in understanding, diagnosing and treating persons with epilepsy.

The goals of the ILAE are:

  • To advance and disseminate knowledge about epilepsy
  • To promote research, education and training
  • To improve services and care for patients, especially by prevention, diagnosis and treatment

The International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) was established in 1961 as an organisation of laypersons and professionals interested in the medical and non-medical aspects of epilepsy. The IBE addresses such social problems as education, employment, insurance, driving licence restrictions and public awareness.

For more information on the African Chapter for IBE, please visit the website or their new facebook page.

The Association for Skills Development South Africa (ASDSA) was established in 2001 as the professional body for skills development practitioners. This includes facilitators, assessors, moderators and training providers from all sectors of the economy.

The skills development practitioner was borne out of the skills development legislation introduced in 2000. A lack of credibility, unity and support resulted in the establishment of the ASDSA - to provide professionalism, support and a collective voice for skills development practitioners.

The Association for Skills Development South Africa (ASDSA) seeks to establish and maintain the credibility of the skills development practitioners’ profession, regardless of industrial sector, through:

  • Representation on business and labour forums
  • Development of a qualifications framework Representation of members' skills related interests
  • Supporting, assisting and providing knowledge and information that is required by members in order to fulfill their corporate socio-economic and community responsibilities, and
  • Upholding of a code of conduct

The MedicAlert Foundation of South Africa

As a trusted third party custodian of comprehensive personal health information, they provide a complete MedicAlert® life-saving system built around a repository of health information that enables members to manage their personal health records while maintaining security, privacy and confidentiality.

The MedicAlert® repository can connect to and provide critical medical information between patients, providers and first responders 24hrs a day anywhere in South Africa.