Inclusion

Special Olympics and over 5 Million of our athletes are leading the charge for full inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID).

The movement is rooted in the spirit of our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who took a rebellious stand against the injustices faced by people with Intellectual Disabilities in 1968. Today, the fight for inclusion is more relevant than ever. People of all ages, races, genders, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities continue to face discrimination, ignorance, and disparagement. Just as Eunice Kennedy Shriver did 50 years ago, Special Olympics is setting a stake in the ground to create change and, this time, our athletes are leading the way.
Athletes and celebrities join together to powerfully recite the Inclusion Revolution Manifesto
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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools looks to create more socially inclusive school environments around the country.
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Over the past 50 years, inclusion has not only been happening on the playing field, but in our nation's classrooms. Meet the Unified Generation who have created that change!
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A National Banner Unified Champion School is one that has demonstrated a commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community. The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.
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Ponaganset Lead
Improving school culture with the power of inclusion.
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On July 1, 2018 at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, WA., ESPN and Special Olympics hosted the first-ever Unified Sports Challenge raising awareness for an inclusive world. Watch executives and celebrities talk about what inclusion means to them.
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Inclusion 60 Promo
Watch the transformative power and positive impact of a world where all are included.
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