Greetings from the Climb Any Mountain Team.

For most of us, living a 'normal' life is something we take for granted. We grow up, go to school, graduate and start a career and hardly ever give a second thought to those who are unable to do just that.  For the 200 million people worldwide with intellectual disability life looks very different, even where the capability to do all these things innately exists.

March is nationally recognised as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in South Africa.  We have two special pieces on intellectual disability in celebration.  We call on you to make a difference this month by respecting the rights of those living with intellectual disability to be included in all the privileges and opportunities afforded by our society to others.

 We hope you enjoy this issue!  Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

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Is my sister 'normal'?

 

When Cara was born, I was only 18 months old and my older brother, Ryan was just three years old.  He remembers going to the hospital to visit my mum and meet Cara.  My Gran apparently gave us a packet of Niknaks (crisps).  I don’t have a first memory of Cara; to me she was just always there.

Cara never occurred as different to me. Read more.

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Find out what a learning disability is and isn’t

In South Africa, March is nationally recognised as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month.  Four in every hundred people in South Africa are affected by intellectual disability.   The Cape Mental Health Society says, “People respond very differently to the words ‘intellectual disability’, with many people regarding it as a curse or a tragedy, while others are confused about what is means and what the causes are”.  What is intellectual disability?  Read more.

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Climb Any Mountain will be taking part in the London Marathon in April 2016 to make a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disability and mental illness.  We are delighted that Mark Crawford will be running for us in our quest to bring about change.  Support Mark by clicking here

 

 

 

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Climb Any Mountain is now on eBay!

We are now part of the eBay for Charity programme. From cameras to clothes, to beauty products, our  eBay shop has so much on offer.  All proceeds of sold items are helping us to transform what is available in South Africa for people with intellectual disability and mental illness. Read more.

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Out with the old and in with new!

Spring is in the air! and it’s time to be out with the old and in with new! This spring as you refresh your wardrobe and clear out your home, why not help raise some money for charity? Sell your unwanted items on eBay today and donate anything from 10% - 100% of your sale. Read more.

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THE BEST OF THE REST 

A round up of other news stories

A Shop With a Difference Opens in Cape Town

A Shop With a Difference Opens in Cape Town

A shop with a difference, bringing hope to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, recently opened in Cape Town. The first of its kind in South Africa, Brownies and Downies, will be run as a non-profit organisation; additionally  it will provide training opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and special needs to become employable in the hospitality, service and retail sectors. Read more.

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