Special Olympics Awarded Grant In Serbia and Montenegro
Special Olympics has been awarded a grant from USAID to promote equality
of people with intellectual disabilities in Serbia and Montenegro
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 8 August 2012 - Special Olympics has been awarded an 18-month grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch a series of capacity-building seminars in Serbia and Montenegro.
The seminars will educate communities about the capacities of people with intellectual disabilities and identify innovative ways to encourage their inclusion, particularly among youth. USAID has made these funds available to increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID activities and strengthen the capacities of Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs).
“Special Olympics is privileged to receive USAID funding to enhance our local programs in Serbia and Montenegro so our message of dignity and respect for all people is embraced,” said Dr. John Dow, Chief of Regional Growth, Special Olympics.
Twelve Serbian and five Montenegrin communities will take part in the capacity-building seminars which will include classroom and practical sessions. The program will involve 340 participants from local governments, schools and youth activities, as well as people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The seminars will promote equality for people with intellectual disabilities, highlight the importance of democratic principles, endorse gender diversity, and encourage active citizenship.
Two Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams will also be formed during each seminar. The teams, featuring people with and without intellectual disabilities playing as equals on the same team to foster social inclusion, will compete in local, regional and national competitions. A total of 34 Unified Sports teams will be formed involving 170 youths with intellectual disabilities and 170 of their non-disabled peers.
About USAIDThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works in more than 100 countries around the world to further America’s foreign policy interests to expand democracy and free markets while extending a helping hand to people struggling to make a better life, recovering from a disaster, or striving to live in a free and democratic country. USAID promotes broadly shared economic prosperity, democracy and good governance, human rights, global health, food security and agriculture, environmental sustainability, and education. It helps societies prevent and recover from conflicts and provides humanitarian assistance following natural and man-made disasters.
About Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sports by empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries worldwide, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and related programs. Special Olympics take place daily, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world. Special Olympics provide people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.
Martha Jo Braycich
+32 2 538 80 68
Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia
+1 (202) 824 0227
Special Olympics International