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climbing-mount-everest-5Author’s note:  Job Training and Placement Report www.impact-publications.com  – publishes many success stories about youth and adults with various disabilities. The story below is yet another example!

A 15-year-old California teen became the first person with Down syndrome to stand at the base camp of Mount Everest. According to NBC Bay Area news, Elisha “Eli” Reimer returned to southern California on Friday to a hero’s welcome.

Named for the high school freshman who made the 17,600-foot climb, the Elisha Foundation was started in 2005 as a way to give families of children with disabilities “practical and emotional support” through free retreat programs, fully funded by donations.   For more information on the foundation, visit  www.theelishafoundation.org

Rather than seeing his son’s Down syndrome as a disability, Justin Reimer calls it his “uniqueness.” The Elisha Foundation seeks to impart that compassion in communities where Down syndrone causes families to be marginalized.