Camp Confidante kicked off today on a energetic start with camp chairs Lawrence and Valerie addressing the campers from 10 schools! Camp Confidante 2018 brings together close to 100 students from 9 mainstream schools and 1 special needs school with the objectives of promoting social inclusion and inclusive youth leadership through the facilitation of over 50 youth volunteers! #campconfidante2018#specialolympicsasiapacific
The three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote social inclusion through football across Asia was exchanged on 18 May between Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The MoU was built around the shared objectives and common commitment to raise awareness of the capabilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and increase their access to sport and elevate the quality of football programs in the Asia Pacific region.
Following the exchange ceremony was a two-day AFC workshop designed to impart technical expertise for sports directors and volunteer coaches from Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
If we've made it our mission to end discrimination against people with intellectual disability, then we need partners equal to that task.
A big thank you to the Bali Sports Foundation for paving the way for our work. #choosetoinclude#balisportfoundation
One of the main highlights in Special Olympics' annual sporting calendar is European Football Week where players with and without intellectual disability take to the playing field together.
From 19 - 27 May, more than 45,000 participants from 50 countries will take part in some 450 events in recognition that when you're aiming for the same goalpost, prejudice and discrimination get firmly sidelined. #PlayUnified#specialolympicsasiapacific
It's a little long, but this story about Gerlad M'balle, a refugee, who drew strength from those with intellectual disability and now gives back to them is definitely worth a read. "My name is Gerlad M'balle and I am in Italy, as a political refugee, for just over 2 years. When I was a kid I often wondered why mothers in my country kept children in their homes with intellectual or physical disabilities; I never found an answer. When I arrived in Italy I had language problems. I did not have this communication problem with athletes Special Olympics because they accepted me without prejudice. All of these now are my friends and they gave me the opportunity to change my life. They just need a chance, a responsibility, an awareness. In them I reviewed my own difficulties of "stranger", with a different look, a different language, a different color of the skin. I recognized in them all my fatigue and determination to get an opportunity; so I made the decision to become a partner athlete and today, instead of being a spectator, I walk into the field to play. I am happy and proud to live experiences that help me grow not only as sports but as a man. Happy to participate in the European football week as well as sharing together with Manuel, Gabriel, Leopold, Stefano and other companions the dream of flying to Chicago to live together a magnificent experience." #specialolympicsasiapacific#refugees
Out of 10 people with intellectual disability, 4 will have untreated tooth decay, 4 will have poor vision, 5 will have problems with flexibility, 3 will fail a hearing test, 2 have low bone density and 6 will be overweight.
Special Olympics works with partners and supporters like Lions Club International to promote inclusive health where people with intellectual disability get the same access to healthcare and health services as everyone else.
How do you create a unified generation...one without a legacy of discrimination and prejudice against people with intellectual disability?
Special Olympics youth outreach initiatives recruit and harness the power of our youths the world over to lead the way for change. #specialolympicsasiapacific#unifiedgeneration#choosetoinclude
Special Olympics Samoa leading the way in Healthy Communities! See our Samoan athletes showing you their healthy teeth and giving you their happy smiles!
Special Olympics Healthy Community Programmes form an integral part of our mission. Aside from education, they also challenge mainstream healthcare providers and the system they operate under to be more amenable to people with intellectual disability.
Young Athlete events are always a staff favourite. Intended for children as young as two both with and without intellectual disability, these programmes introduce the children to basic sporting skills like running, throwing and kicking.
Excellent work by Special Olympics Thailand! #specialolympicsasiapacific#youngathletes