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Leading for the Future Conference - 2013

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  • 1. 2013 ConferenceVermont 1

2. What is Project Unify? Project Unify grew out of Unified Sports to create the atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion throughout the school. It is now more than sports, it is an umbrella for a variety of activities that benefit ALL students of ALL abilities.2 / Special Olympics Vermont 3. INCLUSION!3 4. Project UNIFY is acceptance. Project UNIFY is unity. Project UNIFY is youth driven. Project UNIFY is friendship. Project UNIFY is fun. Vermont 4 5. 3 Main Components Inclusive Sports Soccer, Snow-shoeing, Bowling, Basketball, Bocce and Track & FieldWhole School Engagement Get Into It Curriculum (series of lessons on inclusion and equity) great resourceSpread the Word campaigns (stop using the R Word) pledges, videos, t-shirtsFans in the Stands (students cheering on Unified Sports teams)Youth Rallies (assemblies, town meeting presentations)Youth Leadership 5Special Olympics Vermont Partners Clubs,Youth Activation Committees and Youth Summits 6. Unified Sports A sports program developed and supported by Special Olympics which combines typically developing students/adults partners with Special Olympic eligible athleteson teams for competitive sports participation.6 / Special Olympics Vermont 7. 7 8. Get Into It Online & printed resources that include lessons, activities, videos, athlete stories and supplemental materials. At the core are age-appropriate lessons designed to be taught in the context of class periods. Activities with ties to service learning are completed in a classroom or community setting, as part of a club, an afterschool activity or a community based event. 8Special Olympics Vermont 9. 9 10. R-Word Campaigns The R-word is the word 'retard(ed)'. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It's offensive. It's derogatory. Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language. R-Word Video 10Special Olympics Vermont 11. Youth Leadership Youth Activation CommitteeGroups of students with and without ID from a school or community that work with SOVT to develop strategies and organize events to build a school community where all young people are agents of change. They promote leadership in schools by advocating for the acceptance of all students. YACs exist at the national, state and school level.11Special Olympics Vermont 12. 12 13. A few statistics: 74% of students said PU was a positive turning point in their lives and they became more patient and learned to compromise Two thirds of students said they learned they have things in common with their disabled peers 66% of educators/administers said PU helps raise awareness and increases opportunities for students w/ and without disabilities to WORK TOGETHERVermont 13 14. Thank you.Vermont 14