The Achieving Independence and Mobility (AIM) program at Cranleigh School is unique in our part of the world.

Community Director Chris Edwards presents donation

Community Director Chris Edwards presents 'the big cheque' for $5,000 toward keeping the program running

In 2011 Cranleigh School started the AIM program as a pilot to better meet the needs of students with complex needs. This program aims to increase every child’s level of independence and self-esteem using their strengths. In particular the focus is on developing their abilities in the areas of mobility, communication and social skills.

The pilot program included ten children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years. All the children have a moderate to severe intellectual disability and additional needs that restrict their mobility and movement. The children are in two classes. Each class has a teacher and two assistants.

“Initially the school provided funding of $6000 and then won a grant from the Education and Training Directorate to continue the program. This money ran out in April 2012 and we are grateful to Hall Rotary for the recent donation of $5000 to keep the program running a little longer.” says school Principal Karin Wetselaar.

The Rotary Club of Halls’ emergency funding is aimed at keeping the program running for a few more months until hopefully a longer term solution can be found.