SAPID is an organization borne out of necessity and a burning desire to make a lasting change in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities in the Cape Coast Municipal Area.
The establishment of SAPID became necessary in 2008 when the headmistress of Aboom School for Special Needs, Cape coast (Mrs. Mary P. Osei-Kuffo) saw the need for the students of her school to access rights and services provided by the government of Ghana for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The headmistress realized that it was not easy accessing the common funds set aside for persons with intellectual disability as an individual who is not a parent or a person with an intellectual disability. Unfortunately, parents within the Cape Coast district did not have any information on the availability of such a common fund made available for them or means of accessing such funds. The parents were mobilized and together with the students and assistance from Gloria Godfrey, a volunteer from Voluntary Services Organization(VSO), who was serving as a volunteer at the disability desk at the social welfare office in, cape coast and her husband, David McCabe was able to register the organization under the registrar general’s department in 2008 and made it easy for children and parents to access the funds due them. Awareness and other advocacy programs were undertaken to fight against stigmatization against the children.