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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 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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January 19, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Roman Eichler at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President

By Samuel Asiedu Poku

Roman Eichler, athletes spokesperson, SO Saxony at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President Joachim Gauck and his partner Ms. Daniela Schadt (Foto: federal government/ Guido Bergmann)

Roman Eichler, athletes spokesperson of Special Olympics Germany from 2008-2014 and current chair of the expert committee athletes, participated at personal invitation at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President at Bellevue Palace.View Story Roman Eichler, athletes spokesperson of Special Olympics Germany from 2008-2014 and current chair of the expert committee athletes, participated at personal invitation at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President at Bellevue Palace. Roman Eichler was among 60 invited citizens from all federal states rendering outstanding services to the society. The Federal President and his partner Ms. Daniela Schadt honoured the guests for their exceptional efforts. On receipt of the invitation the soccer player from Saxony has already been looking forward to meet Special Olympics Deutschland (Germany) patron Ms. Schadt. After the defilee with around 220 representatives from all areas of public life the Federal President invited the citizens to a joint lunch at the Great Hall of his official residence.

About Samuel Asiedu Poku:My name is Samuel Asiedu Poku and I am working in the national headquarter of Special Olympics Germany in Berlin in the section communication and marketing.
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