What is the Open Circle?

The Open Circle is a registered NPO group home catering for adults with  Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviour.

Vision & Mission

The OpRed Dress cropen Circle strives to provide a safe, nurturing and therapeutic residential home to people with Intellectual Disability requiring medium to high levels of support for varied challenging behaviors. We endeavor to limit and manage behavior in order that residents may achieve their unique potential and have a fulfilling life.

Who  do we Assist?

The people who call The Open Circle their home are men and women older than 18 years, who have an Intellectual Disability and other associated disorders which may include Autism, Genetic problems like Down’s Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and even Psychiatric problems including Psychosis. Our residents further display one or more types of challenging behavior which may include: destruction, aggression, obsessions and compulsions, anxiety, sexually inappropriate behaviour, self-injurious behavior, etc. Most of our residents have been excluded from existing residential facilities, due to their challenging behavior and therefor The Open Circle is the first of its kind.

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Our Referral Criteria

  • 18 years (+) Male / Female
  • Physically healthy and resilient; Residents must be mobile and able to climb stairs
  • Diagnosis of Intellectual Disability, but may have proven manageable associated secondary diagnosis.
  • Residents must be able to eat independently and toilet trained.
  • Presence of Challenging Behavior (when psychiatrically stable)
  • Excluded from the criteria of other group homes/facilities/programs for people with ID based on long-standing history of Challenging Behavior.
  • Referred from existing mental health service facility, having completed their program / interventions
  • No clients with criminal convictions or criminal-offending behavior will be accepted
  • All applicants must be in receipt of a Disability Grant
  • Citizen of the Western Cape