A number of efforts have been made to promote social inclusion for individuals living with a disability throughout various institutions of society, particularly in education and the workplace.However, research has shown that the success of such initiatives in these institutions has been mixed.However, the researchers noted that further work is needed to expand social inclusion beyond the Unified Sports programme and into the wider community.
This intensive, in-depth evaluation of the Unified Champion Schools program has also provided valuable information about building and maintaining collaborations between State Special Olympics Programs and schools, as well as further insight into the best practices and models of implementation.
The annual evaluation is a critical part of investing in the future of the Unified Champion Schools program.
School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa Corresponding author email: [email protected]: Inoue, C., Forneris, T. Download article as PDF In recent years, there has been an increase in research examining social inclusion for individuals with an intellectual disability (ID).
The role of Special Olympics in promoting social inclusion: An examination of stakeholder perceptions. Sport is one context that has been recognized as promising for the promotion of social inclusion.
The quantitative data also indicated that stakeholders perceive SO as fostering social inclusion for individuals with ID.
ID is generally diagnosed before the age of 18 and occurs when there is an impairment of general mental abilities in three different domains including the conceptual domain (e.g., language, reading, math, memory), the social domain (e.g., empathy, interpersonal communication), and the practical domain (e.g. In addition, an additional criterion is someone possessing an IQ score of 70 or below.
Those who view social inclusion as a value-based concept assert that it involves more than eliminating physical boundaries or barriers; rather, it is about facilitating and empowering individuals to participate in society by minimizing both physical and social distances that exist between people.
As such, these researchers view social inclusion as a proactive approach to human development and social well-being.
found that as people became involved with SO, support for inclusion of students with ID in regular classrooms increased from 2% to 55%.
Similar findings also emerged in a study examining the impact of Unified Sports, a special initiative of SO.