Project UNIFY is a national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its goal is to activate young people around the country in an effort to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change - fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics. Project UNIFY is for students, teachers and educators who believe that: - There should be more opportunities for young people of all ages and ability levels to make friends and work together for change. - Students with intellectual disabilities should become part of the core fabric of the education community and be perceived as assets in their school and community. - Students without intellectual disabilities can and should increase their knowledge, skills and comfort in forming positive social relationships with students with intellectual disabilities and come together to address societal issues. - Policymakers and education leaders should develop policies and support quality practices that encourage positive school climates with safe and nurturing learning environments for all students. Project UNIFY initiatives include a host of core activities, both on the national and the grass-roots level. Local projects that meet Project UNIFY objectives are supported through grants for local Special Oympics Oregon Programs.
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