Collaboration with Special Olympics to Promote Inclusive Health

Sonoran UCEDD Update
Winter 2017-2018

soi-logo.pngThe Sonoran UCEDD, along with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), has partnered with Special Olympics International on their Inclusive Health Project. The primary goal of the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Project is to connect, inspire and equip key influencers in the field of healthy weight in the US to champion policies, programs, activities and funding that is inclusive of those with intellectual disabilities (ID). On May 9, 2017, Special Olympics (SOI) hosted an Inclusive Health Forum in Washington, DC, which was attended by 39 participants from national organizations across multiple sectors, including health promotion, exercise, health care, health insurance and grant makers. The forum began the engagement of these stakeholders in creating systems change in their organizations to be inclusive of individuals with ID.