The AIM Centre Newsletter Issue 03 | March 2019

“Advancement to Independence through Motivation”

The AIM Centre, founded in 1986, is a non-profit, protective workshop providing work activities, skills training and personal development to people living with disabilities.

SAYING GOOD-BYE TO SUMMER

It’s that time of year when the balmy summer air gives way to a fresher breeze and crisp, colourful leaves. The International Day of Happiness also takes place in March (the 20th). What better time to re-evaluate your life and, similar to the way in which the trees shed their leaves, let go of the stress, worries and relationships that affect your ability to find contentment, peace and happiness? We hope that the new season brings with it nothing but good things for our amazing supporters and followers!

 

AN APPEAL FOR DONATIONS

The Centre would like to make an appeal for donations in the form of books, clothing, kitchenware and other household items. We also would be ever grateful for any donations of toys from parents who would like to teach their little ones all about the rewarding feeling that comes with doing a good deed. While we rely on the proceeds from our charity shop to sustain us, we also strive provide our community and those in need with the opportunity to have access to the toys and educational items that have been so kindly donated. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

HOW TO MAKE A SCHOOL DISABILITY-FRIENDLY

According to the Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, more than half a million children with disabilities in South Africa are not attending school. Our latest blog strives to help remedy this by detailing how to make a school disability-friendly. Be sure to give it a read!

 

OUR INTEGRATION SUCCESS STORY

The AIM Centre welcomes participants with most disabilities. Currently, we act as a second home to two people with hearing disabilities – one who is deaf and one who is hard of hearing. With so few people able to understand and use sign language as a means of communication, it can be very isolating to live with a hearing issue. We do everything we can to integrate these participants. We taught our deaf participant how to work by continuously demonstrating and staying with him until he knew what to do in his daily tasks in the workshop. We also now communicate with our deaf participant through a unique sign language that has been developed over a few years, and he happily socialises with his fellow hearing participants. With our hard of hearing participant, we soon realised how important it is to look at her when speaking, and to speak slowly while clearly enunciating all words. These minor tweaks mean that she can be a part of AIM’s work and social environment with greater ease and confidence.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Bernice Michalec

(011) 616-5041 / 079 129 8153

bernice@aim4independence.co.za

www.aim4independence.co.za

 

TO MAKE A DONATION

Account Holder: AIM Centre Bank: Nedbank, Eastgate

Account Number: 1725993023 Branch Code: 192405

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

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