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Little Eden and Special Olympics South Africa are joining forces to honour their beneficiaries for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.


South Africa (27 February 2024) – March 1st to March 31st marks Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Awareness Month, dedicated to reaffirming the worth, rights, and aspirations of individuals with IDD. Despite progress, individuals with IDD still face barriers such as exclusion, social isolation, and mistreatment in various spheres of life, including schools, workplaces, and communities.

In a resolute call for societal change, Special Olympics South Africa (SOSA) and Little Eden have come together for a collaborative alliance to champion the cause of individuals with IDD throughout South Africa. Together, they aim to raise awareness and illuminate the remarkable capabilities and distinct challenges faced by individuals with IDD.

As part of their joint efforts, SOSA and Little Eden proudly announce a joyous celebration to be hosted at Little Eden in Edenvale on the 1st of March 2024, where beneficiaries will be honoured and celebrated.

For SOSA this event also serves as a follow-up to a successful training session that was held at Little Eden as part of the Motor Activity Training Program (MATP).

The SOSA MATP is specially designed for beneficiaries facing severe challenges in participating in traditional sport due to their skill and/or functional abilities. The program focuses on preparing beneficiaries with severe intellectual and physical disabilities for physical activities tailored to their unique abilities.

Little Eden will also host their groundbreaking CEO’s Wheelchair Challenge; this initiative challenges business leaders to step beyond their comfort zones and experience firsthand the daily realities faced by individuals with IDD in wheelchairs by spending one of their workdays in a wheelchair. For the beneficiaries of Little Eden, and our other beneficiaries who rely on wheelchairs for mobility, this initiative serves to raise awareness of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

During IDD month, SOSA and Little Eden are also planning other activities to continue raising awareness of IDD, including a medical screening of the beneficiaries.

Join in as they unite in embracing diversity, foster inclusion, empower individuals with IDD and endeavour to construct a society where every individual, irrespective of ability, is valued, respected, and enabled to contribute fully to our collective future. Join the Inclusion Revolution!

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