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ERIC Number: EJ1078467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Project UNIFY: Promoting Social Inclusion through Sports, Interaction and Education
Parker, Robin C.; Corona, Laura; Cahn, Andrea
State Education Standard, v13 n1 p20-27 Aug 2013
Today's youth face many challenges, from achieving personal and academic success to feeling emotionally and physically healthy and safe. These challenges are even greater for some students due to the presence of a disability, and especially students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Increasingly, children with ID, who once were on the margins of the educational community, are being provided the opportunity to engage in the important life experiences school provides. One organization that has operated with the mission of providing individuals with ID opportunities to participate in sports and recreation activities is Special Olympics International (SOI). Using sports as a vehicle, Special Olympics aids people with ID in developing skills and friendships, gaining competency, and demonstrating their ability to contribute to society. This articles explores the SOI initiative "Project UNIFY," designed to address the problem of negative attitudes toward and social exclusion of students with ID, as well as to promote the engagement of students with ID in school-based opportunities available to students without disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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