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Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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January 30, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

How something can change your life

By Eleonora Coltro

I arrived in Bournemouth (UK) in 2014 and after few months I heard for the first time about Special Olympics. The only way I could get involved it was being a volunteer and I immediately thought it could be a great opportunity.View Story I arrived in Bournemouth (UK) in 2014 and after few months I heard for the first time about Special Olympics. The only way I could get involved it was being a volunteer and I immediately thought it could be a great opportunity to do something helpful for the community, even if I was in a country which was not mine. Firstly I met some parents who explained me what I was supposed to do and who told me that I could go to the first session to see if I liked it. After I week I joined the first session. There were around 15 people, and during the training I felt so comfortable that I decided it was something I really wanted to do. And guess what? Two girls and a boy asked me to come back since they enjoyed the time together. What more you need? Absolutely nothing! Unfortunately my time here is almost finished, and I will miss a lot every single person. But I am glad I meet them. Helping others is something that makes you smile every night before bedtime.Hope to find something in Italy.

About Eleonora Coltro:I am 25, and an Italian student who, in 2014, went to the UK to do a postgraduate course. I had never heard about Special Olympics before since in Italy they are not well advertised. I have played basketball since I was 6 and I think sport forms you as nothing else does. You learn a lot about yousrelf and about other people. I though that being a volunteer could be a great way to help others to enjoy sport they way I do.
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January 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Applications Now Open to Join Unified Generation

By Agneiszka Krukowska

Join us as we create a Generation Unified.

Special Olympics is calling on all young people to participate in the Generation Unified Social Impact Summit taking place in Los Angeles from July 23 - 27.View Story Special Olympics is calling on all young people to participate in the Generation Unified Social Impact Summit taking place in Los Angeles from July 23 - 27. The seminar will provide training and mentoring to a Unified Generation to empower them to chase a vision that this world can eliminate stigma and barriers against people with intellectual disabilities.The Summit will gather 180 people with and without intellectual disabilities, 130 global youth leaders and 30 global change mentors. The Summit will take place during the largest humanitarian event in 2015 - The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 in Los Angeles.

About Agneiszka Krukowska:I am responsible for Youth Activation and Unified Sports in Europe Eurasia.
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January 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

The r word should not be used

By Legendnemisis

I have an uncle with a disability and if anyone called him the r word I'd be kicking off. Like other people have said, the r word has been used thru schools to call people that aren't disabled stupid and it makes them feel stupid even though they are notView Story I have an uncle with a disability and if anyone called him the r word I'd be kicking off. Like other people have said, the r word has been used thru schools to call people that aren't disabled stupid and it makes them feel stupid even though they are not. I don't think it should be used, full stop. I don't think it should be in dictionaries either (I think it is ) because when kids see it they laugh and go oh your are an r-word. M and my mum hate that word. There should be a new word for it. Like others agree, I think it should be RESPECT; respect other people with disabilities, don't look at them differently, treat them the way you would want to be treated. Everyone deserves that.

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January 29, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Watch: Views on Inclusion in the Workplace for People with Intellectual Disabilities

By Maureen Rabbitt

Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International spoke at the Symposium.

"Everything that is good for people with intellectual disabilities is good for society" - Watch some of the 250 participants of the Special Olympics Scientific Symposium 2014 share their views on inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities with their workplace.View Story "Everything that is good for people with intellectual disabilities is good for society" - Watch some of the 250 participants of the Special Olympics Scientific Symposium 2014 share their views on inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities with their workplace. The Symposium was organised by the Antwerp Management School and the HEC Management in Antwerp on September 15th during the SO European Summer Games hosted there. A 'From Special to Specialist' White Paper has since been produced based on research conducted on inclusion people with intellectual disabilities in the work place.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for communications & branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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January 19, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Top club Red Star Telekom welcomes Special Olympics Serbia players

By Milana Jeremic

Special Olympics Serbia players and coaches spend day with top club Red Star Telekom.

On 9 January 2015 Special Olympics Serbia and Red Star Telekom Basketball Club continued their joint efforts to raise awareness about people with intellectual disability in Serbia while promoting Special Olympics Serbia athletes.View Story On 9 January 2015 Special Olympics Serbia and Red Star Telekom Basketball Club continued their joint efforts to raise awareness about people with intellectual disability in Serbia while promoting Special Olympics Serbia athletes. The event, as part of Christmas celebrations and the second to be organized, saw top Red Star players welcome 20 young Special Olympics players and involve them in warm-up and skills development on court. Off court, professional basketball specialists and coaches from the team discussed basketball rules as well as the rich history of Red Star. The best indicator that the presenters had their listeners’ full attention was during a quiz that followed. The teams were divided into boys and girls and there was a real battle for points. In the end, the girls triumphed with only half a point more. The boys did not seem to be too sad because they had spent such a great day with their sports heroes.

About Milana Jeremic:Milana Jeremic is National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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