Thanks to the Special Olympics Unified Generation, over 6,000 schools across the United States are centers of inclusion. Each Unified Champion School uses a three component model that offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom and school climates of acceptance. These are school climates where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions. This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole school engagement.
The following videos showcase how different schools across the country implement these three components. Each component is critical on its own, but together they make a truly inclusive Unified Champion School.
While the Unified Champion Schools program is structured in its planning and implementation, it is important to note that one size does not fit all! The program is designed to be woven into the fabric of the school, enhancing current efforts and providing rich opportunities that lead to meaningful change in creating a socially inclusive school that supports and engages all learners. What a Unified Champion School “looks like” can vary greatly from school to school; but the basic building blocks remain the same.
The following videos focus on three separate schools to highlight UCS programming in an urban, suburban and rural setting. These case studies were designed primarily as a resource for schools interested in implementing the UCS program to show how the foundations of the program can be built into any school, no matter the setting.