September 24, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

First African Leaders Forum on ID Announced

By Christy White

Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi addresses a Clinton Global Initiative forum on “From Stigma to Success: Empowering The World’s Billion People with Disabilities.” At left are Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver and Special Olympics athlete Loretta Claiborne.

Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi, a vocal champion of the rights and protections of those with intellectual disabilities, has announced that she will host the first-ever African Leaders Forum on Intellectual Disability in partnership with Special Olympics in February 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The commitment is a result of her participation at the Global Development Summit at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea.

President Banda made the official announcement at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, on a panel shared by Special Olympics Chairman Dr. Timothy P. Shriver. Prior to the panel at CGI, President Banda met briefly with Dr. Shriver, as well as CGI Founding Sponsor Tom Golisano, whose Golisano Foundation supports the Special Olympics global health initiative Healthy Communities, active throughout Malawi.

About Christy White: Director, Global Media and Public Relations
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