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Special Olympics Unified Concept Honored in Austria

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Photo: (l-r): Mr. Michael Fembek, Director, Zero Project, Essl Foundation; Ms. Laura Duncan, project presenter, Special Olympics Arizona; Mr. Martin Essl, Founder, Essl Foundation; Ms. Martha Jo Braycich, project presenter, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia; and Mr. Issac Sanft, project presenter, Special Olympics Arizona
Two Special Olympics projects focusing on the Unified concept were honored at the fifth Zero Project Conference held at the UN in Vienna, Austria from 10-12 February, 2016. Each year, the event, convened by the Essl Foundation, the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre, selects a theme from the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. This year’s theme was on the implementation of inclusive education and innovative information and communication technologies. The Special Olympics projects, submitted by Special Olympics Arizona and Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) were among 98 selected from 337 nominations from 76 countries. Special Olympics Arizona’s efforts with Unified Schools and Healthy LEAP and SOEE’s Unified Recreation project being implemented with Special Olympics Turkey were cited as innovative practices in non-formal education and sports. The conference attracted 500 experts, decision-makers and opinion leaders from over 70 countries.

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Martha Jo Braycich is Senior Director, Community Impact Initiatives, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia.