Project Unify ®
Special Olympics Project Unify ® is an education-based project that uses sports and education programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts currently partners with the following school districts across the state on Project UNIFY:
Project UNIFY brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together through education and sports related initiatives, creating more inclusive school communities.
In 2011 – 2012:
- 2,100 schools taking part in Project UNIFY nationwide.
- 96% of participating schools implement a sports activity (e.g. Unified Sports) that includes both students with and without intellectual disabilities.
- 56% implement an R-word campaign.
- 66% of teachers involved in Project UNIFY observe that Project UNIFY activities help raise awareness about the capabilities of students with intellectual disabilities.
- Students involved in Project UNIFY activities report positive experiences that changed the way they interact with their classmates, becoming more patient (76%), learning to compromise (78%), and learning that they have things in common with their peers with intellectual disabilities (65%).
- 75% of participating students said that Project UNIFY was a positive turning point in their lives.
*Source: Special Olympics North America (SONA) Project UNIFY 2012 survey.