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March 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Media conference highlights Special Olympics Hellas

By Joanna Despotopoulou

Special Olympics Hellas President Joanna Despotopoulou addresses more than 300 participants at the recent media conference in Athens.

Special Olympics Hellas (Greece) President Joanna Despotopoulou opened the first session of the 5th International Conference on "People with Disabilities and Mass Media-Integration and Crisis in The Digital Era" held 13-14 March 2014 in Athens. The conference, organized by the Secretariat General of Mass Media, was also opened by Mass Media Secretary General Ioannis Panagiotopoulos. The aim of the event was to increase awareness among the public and media on the challenges faced by people with disabilities and ways to help them overcome prejudice. There was also emphasis on the need for increased accessibility of people with disabilities to communication and digital information. The conference was attended by over 300 participants including 20 Special Olympics Hellas athletes, 10 family coordinators, and 10 volunteers. Special Olympics athletes Yiannis Stratigopoulos and Olga Dasoura spoke about their experience with Special Olympics and led participants in reciting the Athlete Oath.

About Joanna Despotopoulou: Joanna Despotopoulou is president of Special Olympics Hellas.

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