Creating the Unified Generation with Special Olympics

Photo courtesy Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® invites you during SXSW EDU to join the Unified Generation.

Did you know that over 6,500 schools nationwide are considered centers of inclusion? With the support of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® equip young people with tools and training to create climates of acceptance.

In Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®, students with intellectual disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities, and functions. This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole school engagement.

They are creating an Inclusion Revolution. Join the Special Olympics movement by participating in these SXSW EDU activities and engage with themes of inclusion using #SpecialOlympicsSXSW:

Monday, March 3

Early Bird Social: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Come mix and mingle with your fellow attendees on Sunday evening after picking up your SXSW EDU registration badge and meet some representatives from Unified Champion Schools.

Monday, March 4 – Wednesday, March 6

SXSW EDU Expo: Austin Convention Center Ballroom, 10:00am-5:00pm

Unlocking Inclusion Exhibit: Come experience this interactive exhibit to discover more about Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®

Unified Bocce: Take a break from the amazing sessions to play some bocce with local Special Olympics Texas athletes and volunteers.

Monday, March 4

Featured Panel “A Unified Perspective”: Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABC, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics International
Jamaal Charles, Retired NFL Player
Erika Guerrero, Alamo Heights High School, Texas
Tajha Ilerant, Unified Champion Schools US Youth Ambassador

Wednesday, March 6

“Unified Generation, Youth & Social Inclusion”: Austin Convention Center, Room 17A, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Andrea Cahn, Senior Director, Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics
Soeren Palumbo, Senior Director, Unified Schools, Special Olympics
Mitch Bonar, Youth Leader, Special Olympics Indiana
Ivalis Guajardo, Youth Leader, Special Olympics Texas

“Teaching the Unified Generation Meet Up”: Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 602, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Jennifer Paolantonio, Ponaganset High School, Rhode Island

Visit to learn more about Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®, watch case studies, and hear the stories of the remarkable individuals who are creating a Unified Generation.

Sponsored Content and Photo Provided by Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®

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