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July 25, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Thailand

Pioneering a Sports and Health Innovations Platform in Thailand

By David Evangelista

Special Olympics and UNICEF Thailand have renewed their partnership agreement and plan to launch new health initiatives while sustaining a strong focus on development through sport programming and leadership development. This paves the way for both organizations to implement regional sports competitions, youth/athlete-led leadership training courses and health examination programs, as well as scale up the Special Olympics Healthy Communities program, which provides comprehensive health assessments for children with intellectual disabilities and better integrates them into the state health system. In addition, UNICEF and Special Olympics Thailand will hold 4 Motor Activity Training Programs, a motor-skill development program for individuals with profound disabilities. With partnerships in over 30 countries, Special Olympics and UNICEF work together at all levels to achieve equity for all children, including those with intellectual disabilities.

About David Evangelista: I am the Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics.

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