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2007.10.10

* UNICEF and Special Olympics partner to raise awareness for disabled children
* 02 Oct 2007

Young gymnasts put the final touches on their routines as the Special Olympics swing into action in Shanghai. More than 7500 intellectually disabled athletes from at least 160 countries have gathered to showcase their skills and spirit. Not far away, a different group of intellectually challenged athletes face off on the volleyball court. But these young people won’t be competing for gold medals. Instead, they’re taking part in a Global Youth Summit, where they’ll attend workshops, and cover the Games for their local newspapers.
Joy and Marwa come from Lebanon. Today they are interviewing two Summit volunteers from South Africa, and exchanging experiences on growing up disabled in different cultures.

Marwa says she’s found that most of the other young people here share the same point of view. They don’t want special treatment; they want to be treated as equals.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Marwa Marde, Global Youth Summit Participant:  “Intellectually disabled children want to be able to attend the same schools as other children, and they want to be able to study and be respected and accepted by everyone else.”

As part of a broader effort to help disabled children worldwide, UNICEF has launched a new partnership with the Special Olympics to advance the rights of children with intellectual disabilities.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced the partnership in Shanghai at a global policy summit on the sidelines of the Special Olympics.

The two organizations have pledged to work together to raise public awareness of the abilities and rights of disabled children, and to promote their participation in their societies.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director:  “In many countries children are left behind closed doors in many homes, they are put into institutions. They simply aren’t brought out into the open. They aren’t given an opportunity for education, to interact with others. So these are some of the things that Special Olympics addresses, and I think that UNICEF has always tried to address, in terms of inclusion of children, making sure that children get health care, education and are not excluded.”

It is a goal repeatedly endorsed by delegates like Marwa and Joy at the Youth Summit. …And one that will gain greater weight as these young people become role models in their communities and raise their voice for change.


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