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DCWW Greece: Play Unified

This webinar explains the work of the "Play Unified : Learn Unified" project which works in Greece, Russia and Serbia with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The presentation is by:

  • Alexandra Vougiouka - Special Olympics Hellas Unified Schools Project Manager, based in Athens, Greece
  • Tobias Staebler -  Manager, Youth Engagement for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia

Alex and Tobias explained the work of the Play Unified : Learn Unified project:

  • How children with and without disabilities can enjoy sport together
  • How to connect with special and mainstream schools
  • How to create a grassroots movement for change


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to:

develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

One community that is of particular importance for Special Olympics is the school. The Special Olympics Unified Schools Project empowers youth and educators to be leaders of change. By playing together and learning together students with and without intellectual disabilities create a more inclusive world.

Over the first year of the expansion of the program, more than 10,000 athletes of all abilities have taken part in unified play, many hundreds of Unified Sports Coaches have been trained, and hundreds of schools have joined the unified movement.

Special Olympics Unified Sports is an innovative and well proven program providing opportunities in both inclusive and segregated school systems for connecting students with and without intellectual disabilities through sports. The Unified Schools Play Unified : Learn Unified Project is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship, breaking down the barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities.

You can find out more information about the Special Olympics project here and 

Unified Sports at https://resources.specialolympics.org/sports-essentials/unified-sports

Unified Schools at https://resources.specialolympics.org/community-building/youth-and-school/unified-champion-schools 

Play Unified : Learn Unified Project at  https://www.specialolympicsglobalyouth.org/unified-schools

The following slides were also shown during the webinar: 

This webinar was hosted by Citizen Network and is part of the Day Centres Without Walls Project co-funded by Erasmus+ and IKY.

The webinar was recorded on 5th November 2020.


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