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Unified Schools

A program designed to promote social inclusion and social-emotional learning through inclusive sport.

Basketball Players On Unified Teams Swap Skills, ‘Learn Love’

Unified partners recount how they started playing with their teams and the friendships they formed along the way.
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Bullying Prevention on International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023

Students with disabilities are 2 – 3 times more likely to be bullied in school. That is why Special Olympics is shining a spotlight on bullying prevention for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023.
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Saluting World Teachers’ Day: A Vision of Authentic Global Inclusion in Schools!

We spent some time with Sara Minkara, Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, to learn more about her perspective and the role of teachers in her life:
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Athletes: Jamey’s Story

A Special Olympics St. Kitts and Nevis Athlete Leader brings together students of all abilities through Unified football.
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Special Olympics Welcomes the Newest Class of U.S. Youth Ambassadors

The 2023 – 2025 class of Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassadors were announced after a three-week application process.
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Discovering the Best Version of Myself: Jianyu’s Story 

A Special Olympics China Athlete Leader shares his personal growth story with Special Olympics
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Global Partnerships for Education Highlights Special Olympics’ Call for Global State of Inclusion

Special Olympics Chief of Global Youth and Education Jacqueline Jodl explains why Special Olympics is challenging governments to dedicate 3% of their education budgets to help educate students with intellectual disabilities.
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Influencing the Unified Footprints of Tomorrow in Africa Region

Athletes, siblings, and youth leaders held the first-ever joined Regional Youth Leadership Summit and Athlete Congress in Johannesburg - the first summit held in the Africa Region since 2019.
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Faces of Inclusion: Stories of Impact from Unified Schools

Two storybooks feature 16 stories of people with and without intellectual disabilities around the world, documenting inclusion in sports and education.
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Symbolizing the Spirit of Inclusion: Special Olympics Brazil’s Story

A Special Olympics Brazil event at the Olympic Park highlights the leaders for inclusion in Rio de Janeiro.
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