In collaboration with the Augmentative Learning & Movement Center, LLC and Generation Rescue, we are thrilled to offer participants an authentic journey of culture and self-discovery.
In June 2012, a group of young adults on the autism spectrum and their family-climbing partners will journey to Africa in an attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 19,341 feet above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
Not only will these climbers face intimidating altitudes, rapidly changing environments and grueling demands of physical and mental resilience, but they must also overcome the challenges of their own personal struggles.
Our society often applies the same assumptions about Mt. Kilimanjaro to people with autism spectrum disorders – that they are unapproachable and insurmountable. These assumptions are simply untrue. People with autism spectrum disorders face and conquer, social, physical and mental challenges that require endless stamina and endurance every day.
Participants will exceed expectations, learn that they are tougher, more courageous and more resourceful than they could ever have imagined. They will gain a sense of accomplishment, pride and belonging.
Project: Mt. Kilimanjaro 2012 is open to 18-24 yr-old young adults on the autism spectrum and their family climbing partners. Participants should have an interest in outdoor activities, travel and self-exploration.
ASCENT WITH AUTISM: THE DOCUMENTARY
Ascent with Autism: The Documentary will set out to film all aspects of the ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as to explore each of the individuals who decide to make this incredible journey. The film will highlight memorable characters, relentless struggles and the resilient spirit of those young adults on the autism spectrum and their families.