People with disabilities grow up in a parallel society of special institutions, special schools and sheltered workshops and face numerous social barriers and participation restrictions in the labor market and in the choice of their leisure activities. "Ich will da rauf!" was founded to correct this unfairness. It aims at giving people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a leisure activity which seems unthinkable – climbing.
The founder of the program had a surgery as a young girl, from which she suffered severe disabilities. She could no longer swallow, speak or walk. Due to the surgery, she was severely handicapped several times and was torn out of life. She had to relearn everything and fight her way back into life. A physical therapist took her to a climbing gym despite her wheelchair and that is when she decided "I want to get up there!" (“Ich will da rauf!”). Even with a disability, she wanted to live a "normal" life and not be labeled as "disabled." And above all, she wanted to go climbing with her friends. That is why the program was founded, to create a meeting place for people with and without disabilities, where they can experience the joy of climbing together. "Ich will da rauf!” stands for inclusion through a shared hobby - climbing. For the participants, it does not matter whether someone has a disability or not, because everyone climbs as a natural part of the experience. And they do so regardless of disability, age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or religion. The program acts as inclusion ambassadors, advocating for the natural coexistence of all people. With their project "Seilschafft Inklusion!" they support people all over Germany who want to build their own inclusive climbing groups and thus build a nationwide network for inclusive climbing.
"Ich will da rauf!” is not about performance in sports, but about having fun together. All climbers can choose the difficulty levels of their climbing routes and set themselves new goals. This makes it possible for people with and without disabilities with different climbing levels to climb together in a rope team and in a group. Everyone makes individual progress together. Climbing is in the foreground and no longer the disability.