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Building a Culture of Inclusion with the Power of the YOUTH

While the pandemic changed the normal, it did not dampen the spirit of the youth to join Special Olympics along with infusing a youthful zeal within the adult mentors. From March to July 2021 seven Local Youth leadership Summits were held across eight states engaging 752 youth with and without ID and reaching out to […]

Bringing on new leaders through Unified School Programming

A program nurtured & supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Case Study- Uttar Pradesh Gaining confidence to speak freely, getting hope seeing new promising leaders after years of mentoring. The Athletes , youth leaders , school faculty, family , Coaches reminisce the past few years of a dynamic change in volumes never seen before within […]

Partnering to lead the Change

Inclusion Perspectives from a team of Youth from Puducherry  Onacis Madavadass , Youth leader without Intellectual Disability I grew up in the small town of Puducherry completely oblivious of people with disabilities and their life in general. Being a sports person while playing football in my club I would only think about the opponent and […]

Innovating through a mutual learning experience

An experience of the Unified Pair from the Pink City, Aaynu and Nakul Inclusion for me is growing together through common personal and social experiences. I too, experienced it up-close during the course of the Innovation Grant project – Mental Health & Wellness Conducting a research on the impact of sports in the lives of […]

From a proud father and coach of a Special Olympics Athlete and an International Marathoner

On Fathers Day 21 June 2020 It is a journey of challenges, hard work, perseverance, immense satisfaction and precious personal rewards! I am, Lt Col B D Saha, the father of Ankush Saha, a special athlete who plays Golf and has represented his country in the 2019, Summer World Games, Abu Dhabi, and won a […]

Spotlight – Anil Joshi Father of Devanshi Joshi

On Fathers Day – 21 June 2020 What inspired you to have Devanshi join Special Olympics? We came to know about Devanshi’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome in the first month of her birth. We gathered information from different sources to understand the details. It helped us quickly overcome the initial emotional upheaval. Later we had […]

Amplifying Inclusion during Covid 19- State of Bihar

  All of the 534 blocks spread across 38 districts in Bihar have an isolation centre (to cater to the suspected & the infected people) and a quarantine centre (for travellers) each. A helpline was set up a few weeks back specifically for Persons with Disabilities. 15000 grievances were received and action over them is […]

Hear from our Unified Pair- THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

The idea sparked! – LETS WRITE A BLOG ON THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, Online searches began.. Discussions were held, stoking thoughts and ideas from both ends knocking at social consciousness-  Unified Pair: Aparimita Singh & Gayatri Pore (SO Bharat- Maharashtra) The celebration of the World Environment Day helps us understand the importance of a healthy […]

A step closer to an Inclusive World

By MAHI DHERI AND RITHIK HUKKU (UNIFIED PAIR, SO BHARAT) “Have an audacious ambition and a restless dissatisfaction in your heart, that’s what you need to change the world” – these were the lines we heard during the global youth leadership forum in Baku, in 2018 by Dr Tim Shriver, Chairman, SOI and the words […]

ESPN amplifies the Inclusion Revolution

Engaging more and more persons, from the ‘mainstream’ world, on the sports field with the Athletes, Unified Sports is fueled year after year by ESPN, strengthening bonds and breaking barriers. Under the banner in India, Delhi, Goa, Kerala and Punjab have committed to add eight new Unified schools each within the next few months. (Unified […]

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