Of 80 athletes screened, 14 needed hearing aids and more had ear issues that were attended to. These athletes received treatment at the Starkey Hearing Institute.
Art Can Change the World — That’s the message of these young Athlete Leaders in Nigeria. Read their story here.
Tomiwa Adeyemo, a youth leader from Special Olympics Nigeria and Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant recipient, started Art for All, an inclusive art program to share the message of inclusion in her community. In partnership with Socially Africa, Art for All brought together a group of 16 inclusive individuals to participate in a 6-week art training program. The project used art as a tool to build friendships, create support systems, develop talents, and build confidence.
At the end of the 6 weeks, there was a Unified art competition and exhibition to showcase the art created by the participants. At the event, artists of all abilities were celebrated and had the opportunity to join together in an evening of unity. Because of Tomiwa’s project, members of the community have a better understanding of the inclusion revolution and the importance of Unified activities. Through Art for All, 16 participants showed Nigeria the power of art, the bonds between Unified pairs, and the beauty of the Unified Generation! …
The aims of this training included increasing knowledge of the medical community on the most common health and vision issues faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities and to help establish a health ‘supply chain’, including triage and primary health care collaboration.
Over 120 students and lecturers from Masinde Muliro University and the Kenya Medical Training College participated in the didactic and practical training.
In addition, eleven stakeholders from the health and education sectors took part in an inclusive health stakeholder meeting in Nairobi. Participants included representatives from:
Special Olympics teams from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa will join over 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 108 nations as they compete in seven sports in January 2022 in Kazan, Russia.
By creating an atmosphere of equality, unity, youth, and pride through sports, Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022 will educate the public, change perceptions, challenge stereotypes, and address barriers to inclusion.
In a typical year, Special Olympics holds over 100,000 competition events in 32 Olympic-style sports for over six million athletes and Unified partners in over 190 countries and territories. During the pandemic, many local Programs are holding virtual games, where athletes compete in activities they can do at home, including holding a plank position, doing sit-ups, dribbling a ball, and more. …
All around Africa Region, Special Olympics athletes and partners are spreading messages of hope and inspiration.
In support, we witnessed clinical directors sharing COVID-19 health information to families in Special Olympics Mauritius, Youth Leaders sharing messages of support for inclusion on their social media in Special Olympics Zimbabwe, and Programs working with governments to include people with intellectual disabilities in their urgent delivery of food parcels in Special Olympics Guinea-Bissau, Special Olympics South Africa and Special Olympics Zambia. Read more here on some of these diverse efforts.
On behalf of Dr Mathews Phosa, it is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Ephraim Mohlakane, Special Olympics South Africa board member, athlete leader, 2-time World Games medallist, husband, father and friend.
There are no words to for us to describe our pain upon learning of the death of our loved one.
Ephraim was born in Katlehong on the East Rand in South Africa. He never knew his father, who abandoned the family when Ephraim was little. …
The video titled ‘Don’t Cry’ features Special Olympics Zambia Athletes from the slums of Mandevu, five kilometres from the Zambian capital, Lusaka headlined by artist Robert Banda, also known as ‘Roberto’.
‘Don’t Cry’ is one of the songs which are part of the ‘Act Unified’ music album dedicated to thousands of Special Olympics athletes and their families in Zambia and throughout the world. The album is a compilation of 9 songs by 12 of Zambia’s top artists in the music industry. …
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Inclusive Health and Fitness are important aspects of the Special Olympics mission. Physical activity, adequate nutrition and hydration, accessing quality health care and obtaining opportunities that promote fitness and wellness, will end the health inequality faced by populations with ID. …